Sep 20, 2022

Mental Health Counsellor/Therapist

  • Onion Lake Family Services
  • Onion Lake Family Svc, Onion Lake, SK, Canada
Full-time Nonprofit-Social Services

Job Description

Mental Health Counsellor/Therapist – Safety Sensitive



Onion Lake Family Services supports families by collaborating with our community and elders to assist our children, youth and families to thrive in a nurturing and safe environment.  Onion Lake Cree Nation is a Plains Cree First Nation in Treaty Six Territory bordering the Alberta and Saskatchewan Provincial border, approximately 50 km north of Lloydminster.  The Nation has approximately 585 square km of land area and a membership of approximately 6500.  Onion Lake Family Services is an incorporated body that serves children and families in the community.  We pride ourselves as being a leader among Indigenous communities providing services related to child welfare.  We provide both Prevention and Protection services following the mandates set forth under The Child and Family Services Act of Saskatchewan. We pride ourselves as being a leader among Indigenous communities providing services related to child welfare and protection.  Part of our service is also to provide Enhanced Prevention whereby we offer innovative programs and services that enrich the well-being, health and prosperity of children and families.  We strive to provide program delivery to support a thriving and self-reliant future for the members of Onion Lake Cree Nation. 


Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Mental Health Counsellor/Therapist carries out the mandate of The Child and Family Services Act of Saskatchewan and is bound by the Social Work Code of Ethics.  The Mental Health Counsellor/Therapist will be responsible for conducting individual and group counselling services for children, clients, families and staff of the Agency.  The worker will plan, develop, implement and coordinate support services based on individual and group needs.  The worker will prioritize high risk cases after assessing risk level from each file and provide services as determined to be necessary.  S/he will respond to crisis situations and provide emergency counselling and on-going services as needed. 


Location:             Onion Lake Child and Family Services

Department:       Protection

# of Positions:    1

Term:                   Permanent Position

Core Hours:        Monday to Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

                        Please note, some evenings and weekends are required


Based on these services, we are seeking an energetic, engaging and dynamic individual that can use a collaborative and creative approach to engage with First Nations children and families.  We want some who takes pride in their career while making a difference in the lives of Community members. 


Essential Functions: 

  • Assessment, treatment, crisis intervention and counselling services
  • Individual, group and family counselling
  • Interagency case management. Liaise with other departments to provide proper treatment
  • Monitor and evaluate treatment plans
  • Provide referrals and advocate on behalf of clients
  • Develop short and long term goals for each individual/group
  • Develop and implement training programs/workshops for clients and families
  • Develop and present information sessions to staff, caregivers and families
  • Prepare and maintain confidential records, reports and files
  • Examine issues such as sexual abuse, trauma, substance abuse, bullying, depression and suicide
  • Guide clients with skills and strategies to build self-esteem and confidence
  • Complete case load statistical reports
  • Collaborate with staff to assist with assessments and treatment plans
  • Involve families and all relevant persons to gather information for treatment processes
  • Evaluate effectiveness of clients progress and make changes as needed to meet objectives
  • Develop and implement therapeutic programs and workshops
  • Arrange and support addiction supports and services
  • Support and assist clients who are victims of domestic violence
  • Write reports and document all case notes to file
  • Support and assist clients who are involved in criminal justice
  • Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

·         Knowledge of  First Nations Child and Family Services (CFS), Ministry and Social Services and Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)

·         Ability to make key decisions in a timely manner

·         Applicable procedures, policies, regulations and legislation

·         Child abuse and neglect indicators and affects

·         Community services and resources and the extent to which these resources and services support band members in the community

·         Indicators and dynamics of domestic violence, poverty, disabilities, family relationships, abuse and neglect and their impact on the client’s ability to effect necessary change

·         Poverty and other socio economic issues and how they impact people

·         Human growth and development

·         Collaborative approaches to working with clients

·         Range of theories and intervention strategies

·         Principles and techniques of adult and child learning

·         Therapeutic and treatment principles, modalities and interventions (i.e. Family centered, strength based, solution focused)

·         Principles, practices, and ethics of social work

·         Knowledge of First Nations History and the effects on First Nations people

·         Interpersonal and problem solving skills

·         Strong verbal and written communication skills

·         Ability to work with various departments and government Agencies

·         Ability to team build with a positive work ethic

·         Ability to effectively manage time while meeting deadlines

·         Be able to focus on clients while understanding the community vision, mission and values of the organization



·         Four (4) year degree in a social science.  E.g., BSW, Psychology, Sociology or equivalent

·         Experience in human service with a focus in family violence, domestic violence, child and adult sexual abuse, addiction

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

·         Ability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends as required

·         Ability to speak Cree an asset

·         Ability to provide a clear Criminal background check, including vulnerable sector

·         Possess a valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable drivers’ abstract


Onion Lake Family Services offers an excellent working environment with supportive leadership and staff.  We offer competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits package and career advancement opportunities.  We are an equal opportunity employer.  Relocation allowance will be considered for those who need to relocate


Deadline Date: Until Filled


We thank all applicants, however, only qualified applicants with completed applications will be contacted for an interview


Interested applicants, who meet the qualifications as listed above, must submit:

1.     Cover letter

2.     Current resume with dates specified

3.     List of three current references with phone numbers

4.     Criminal record check with vulnerable sector (within 6 months)

5.     Drivers Abstract (within 6 months)


Submit applications to:        Tina Burton, RPR, CMP

                                                   HR Coordinator

                                                   Onion Lake Family Services

                                                   Box 29    Onion Lake, SK    S0M 2E0



Fax:                                  (306) 344-4755


Date Posted: September 20, 2022