Youth and Family Counsellor

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Youth and Family Counsellor

Job Information
Author niltuo
Date August 1, 2022
Deadline August 18, 2022
Type Full Time
Company NILTU,O Child and Family Services Society
Salary $32–$46 - Per Hour
Location Saanichton, BC
Category Counsellor
Contact Information
[email protected]  

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

NILTU,O Child and Family Services Society is currently looking for a full-time Youth & Family Counsellor. This role is a contracted position.

NILTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of Indigenous families in self-determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well-being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities.

NILTU,O provides a full health and dental benefits package, Public Service Pension Plan, and a company cell phone.

*Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry*

Position Summary:

The Youth & Family Counsellor, you will be responsible for developing and implementing public education and prevention workshops for adults and youth in the communities we serve. You will work in partnership with our Coast Salish Communities on designing programs to address community education needs around optimal family functioning in the context of cultural norm and practices. A summary of duties includes the following:

  • Work in partnership with our communities on designing programs to address community education needs around optimal family functioning in the context of cultural norm and practices.
  • Conduct individual/family counselling from a trauma-informed perspective and in the context of sensitivity to the multi-generational impact of colonization on First Nations.
  • Counsel clients/families to assist them in articulating needs, identifying goals and developing strategies to achieve their desired outcomes.
  • Model and support health and wellness activities and healthy coping skills for clients.
  • Provide information and access to resources that are relevant to helping the client/family achieve their goals.
  • Create intervention plans for parents to successfully respond to challenging child and teen behaviors.
  • Identify, address and intervene with dysfunctional patterns in family interactions to promote healthy boundaries and communication.
  • Work with client’s and families to promote a safe, healthy environment for children and youth.
  • Review and evaluate each client/family’s progress in relation to their identified goals.
  • Intervene in crisis situations to assist and advocate of behalf of clients/families.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
  • Develop and maintain linkage with external clinical services to ensure that indigenous children and families are aware and can access a full range of clinical supports that are culturally safe.
  • Provide access to referrals that may be needed to direct youth or family members to specialized support or treatment services such as referrals for substance abuse issues or domestic violence.
  • Modify intervention to comply with changes in client/family status.
  • Modify intervention plans to accommodate client/family’s needs.
  • Provide consultation/liaison with other community agencies, schools, hospitals, and the First Nations communities served by NIȽ TU,O.

You will report to the Community Service Manager – Clinical Programs and collaborate with the NIȽ TU,O Management team.

Education and Work Experience:

  • MSW; or M.ED Counseling Psychology/MA Clinical Psychology.
  • 3-5 years providing direct clinical counselling experience working with youth and families facing challenges.
  • Knowledge of basis Family Systems principals and familiarity with forms of intervention such as CBT or solution focused interventions and a trauma informed perspective.
  • Eligible for registration with the relevant professional association.
  • Experience in leading and facilitating groups.
  • Experience working with First Nations clients.
  • Awareness and sensitivity around the impact on First Nations people of colonization and the impact of residential schools and multi-generational trauma.
  • Ability and willingness to incorporate cultural activities and resources into all aspects of service to clients and communities.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Computer literacy on MS Word, Excel, and file/case management system.
  • Ability to write detailed reports.
  • Ability to track and manage financial expenditures.
  • In-depth knowledge of CFCSA and other related legislation.
  • Valid Driver’s license with a positive driver’s abstract and will be expected to travel for work.
  • A clean Criminal Record Check.
  • Full vaccination required as per NIȽ TU,O COVID-19 Policy.
  • Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous community and/or substantial cultural competencies with lived experience of engaging in and maintaining intercultural affiliations will be considered an asset.
  • Practice rooted in social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals.
  • In depth knowledge of the intergenerational trauma that occurs as a result of colonization, including the impacts of the Indian Act, Residential School Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems and structures.
  • Indigenous cultural safety training or equivalent lived experience.
  • Trauma informed practice education or experience would be an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action, The Royal Commission on Indigenous People, The Indian Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Knowledge of Coast Salish First Nations culture and history, specifically NIȽTU,O Member Nations.
  • Willingness to participate in Coast Salish Frist Nation cultural activities as appropriate.


  • Extended Health and Dental Benefits (Premium Paid by the Agency)
  • PSPP Pension Plan.
  • Three weeks of vacation on joining that increases with length of service.


  • Compensation Commensurate with Experience.

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code. Please include “self-identified” if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as a First Nation, Metis, or Inuk (Inuit).

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent, Fixed term contract

Salary: $32.00-$46.00 per hour


  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off


  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Full vaccination required as per NIȽ TU,O COVID-19 Policy.

Application question(s):

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in Indigenous organizations or communities?
  • How many years of experience do you have working as a Youth Family Counsellor?
  • If applicable, describe any experience you have in developing and implementing public education or prevention workshops for adults and youth in the community?
  • Have you included a cover letter with your application?


  • driver’s license (required)

Application deadline: 2022-08-18
Expected start date: 2022-09-01

Hiring 1 candidate for this role

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