SOUTHWEST ONTARIO ABORIGINAL
HEALTH ACCESS CENTRE
Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor
Location: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, ON
The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency. We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. The Centre provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest and Erie St Clair regions. SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. We are also mandated to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities. Currently, we are seeking the services of a Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor to join our interdisciplinary staff team to work at our Deshkan Ziibiing (Chippewaof the Thames) site.
Position Summary: This unique position is suited for a compassionate, creative, dynamic individual who possesses knowledge, skill, and experienced both a culture-based and western approach to healing and services. As part of the Mental Health Team, the Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor will be able to provide a safe therapeutic setting for families and individuals of all ages. The work will be to provide a blend of trauma focussed individual and group counselling and traditional healing methods. This will include providing Indigenous-based spiritual guidance, traditional teachings, ceremony, and healing approaches to facilitate wholistic healing of self, family, community and nation. It will also include the use of evidence based western approaches to wellness.
The successful candidate will work to achieve our mission to empower Indigenous families and individuals to live a balanced state of well-being by sharing and promoting wholistic health practices.
Experience: Direct experience working with and learning from Traditional Healers/Elders/Knowledge Keepers; use of traditional practices and knowledge to bring healing and wellness to Indigenous people, family and community; knowledge and experience working with evidence-based trauma intervention, as well as; the use of other evidence based therapeutic interventions to support people and families with crisis intervention, counselling, mental health and addictions services.
Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Masters of Social Work, Psychology or equivalent and professional membership
Experience working with Traditional Healers/Elders/Knowledge Keepers
Providing teachings, ceremonies and traditional healing methods
Demonstrated ability to improve wellness through the development of focused plans
Certification in Evidence-based treatment of trauma (i.e. EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma focused CBT, etc.)
Training or certification in mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment, specialized therapeutic interventions, etc.
Awareness and understanding of child protection and First Nation involvement
Knowledge of FNMI (First Nation, Metis, Inuit) Culture, Values, and History
Knowledge of Health and Wellness issues pertaining to Indigenous people and communities
Able to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends
Access to a reliable vehicle, valid Driver’s license, and proof of current automobile insurance
Computer proficiency and ability to use relevant technology (i.e. computer based data collection)
A current and clean police vulnerable Sector Check is a condition of employment
Accept referrals from within SOAHAC and from external partners
Conduct intakes, screening and initial assessments using appropriate tools
Offer teachings, ceremonies, and arrange for additional traditional supports when required
Provide structured trauma interventions and counselling services
Respond to crisis situations with clients as required
Provide phone counseling and home/community visits as required
Follow identified evidence-based, best practices and standards of practice during counseling
Generate treatment plans and evaluate progress of treatment,
Facilitate file closure and discharge of clients when appropriate
Provide case management services on an as needed basis (including advocacy, case conferencing and referrals as needed)
Complete reports for legal, CAS, school, doctor or other agencies as required
Provide complete and consistent documentation using the EMR (Electronic Medical Record)
Participate in the Performance Management Program and meet identified targets
This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.
Please Note: This position is based on a 35 hours (5 days) work week. Salary is competitive and subject to experience and continuation of funding. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.
SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants. SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of 3 professional references (minimum two references from a supervisor or manager) to: