KO Health - Mental Health Counselor

Job Posting

Mental Health Counsellor

Full Time

Location: Balmertown
Department: Health
Supervisor: Mental Health Supervisor

The Mental Health Counsellor is directly responsible for providing counselling services to Keewaytinook Okimakanak First Nations clients. This includes counselling individuals/families, facilitating psycho-education, promoting education on effects of bullying and substance abuse, and addressing other MH related concerns in the communities.

The Mental Health Counsellor is also responsible for providing leadership, guidance and support to community mental health/resource teams, facilitating meetings with community mental health and resource teams on an ongoing basis to promote and develop shared goals and values for the community mental health program.


1. Provides counselling services to individuals and families dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, past or present violence, trauma, etc. Conducts confidential client assessment as part of the treatment planning process, in concert with other care providers as appropriate. Safety plans are developed immediately whenever a safety concern is identified.
2. Develops and records individual treatment plans for clients, and a continuous monitoring and recording of client progress.
3. Provides case management services, which includes participating in or leading case management meetings with the Health Director and mental health team.
4. Ensures the creation, undertaking and completion of a long-term relapse prevention program.
5. Develops and deliver prevention workshops on prescription drug abuse, and providing support to clients who are participating in opiate substitution therapy programs.
6. Provides group-teaching sessions on relapse prevention, healthy recreation, life skills, anger management, parenting, self-esteem, etc.
7. Delivers community education (radio shows, school visits, etc) in the areas of substance abuse, addictions, mental health and related issues.
8. Meets with mental health/resource teams to participate in case management sessions and/or to provide in-service training on topics identified by teams as useful or needed.
9. Facilitates and chairs meetings with mental health/resource teams regularly (face-to-face and by video conference) to plan and evaluate mental health program goals and strategies in community.
10. Making client referrals to appropriate resource/specialists when necessary.
11. Travel extensively to KO communities to provide counseling, and as directed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

a) College diploma or university degree in mental health, social services or equivalent.
b) Minimum of four years experience working in the mental health field, ideally with an emphasis in culturally appropriate approaches to substance use issues.
c) Knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal cultural values, and familiarity with geographical and health care challenges of First Nations in the Sioux Lookout district.
d) Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.
e) Ability to speak Cree, Oji-Cree or Ojibway is a strong asset.
f) Obtaining security clearance is a must.


To guarantee our clients of the confidential service we provide, a newly hired KO Mental Health Counsellor must sign an Oath of Confidentiality, and must adhere strictly to the confidentiality policy as outline in the KO Operations Manual.



Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:45