Job Title:

Mental Health Counsellor


Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority


Sioux Lookout, ON

Job Reference:


Closing Date:

February 29, 2020

Nodin Child and Family Intervention Services provides counselling, support and intervention services to First Nation children, youth, adults and families from communities served by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority, who are experiencing social, emotional or behavioural problems. Nodin CFI is a mental health resource available to 33 First Nation communities in the Sioux Lookout region, the majority remote fly-in access only. Community individuals may also travel from their communities for a short stay in Sioux Lookout to receive mental health support from a multi-disciplinary team (e.g. mental health counsellors, art therapist).

The Mental Health Counsellor is key member of this team and is responsible for working directly with community members in their home communities.

If you enjoy the outdoors, travelling and connecting with people, then the Sioux Lookout area is the place for you!  On top of all that, SLFNHA offers great benefits, a supportive work environment and many opportunities!

If you are interested in providing mental health services in both the municipality of Sioux Lookout and directly in the First Nations communities, then this is the job for you!


  • Extensive travel to First Nations communities to provide counselling, guidance, intervention, crisis management, family counselling and case management.
  • Conduct mental health assessments, help clients define goals and develop treatment plans.
  • Assessment of risk factors, stabilization, and development of safety plans.
  • Develop therapeutic processes to guide clients in the development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.
  • Focus sessions on recovery, modification of behaviours or better management of conditions.
  • Evaluate client’s progress on a regular basis and adjust interventions.
  • Coordinate care, collaborate and refer to community/regional resources
  • Maintain accurate, factual and objective records in a timely manner.
  • Monitor files closely to ensure there is active care and close inactive files without delay.
  • Protect client confidentiality and secure all records and maintain integrity of client record.
  • Follow duty to report requirements as necessary.
  • Lead group therapy sessions and preventive mental wellness workshops.
  • Participate in regular supervision meetings to review all cases/issues.
  • Prepare three-month work plans in advance to ensure communities receive services in a timely and effective manner.
  • Participate in ongoing education on mental health issues and team meetings.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with community-based mental health workers and provide mentoring support.
  • Develop and deliver presentations and group work in-house and in communities.


  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree with a major in Counselling Psychology or Social Work
  • Registration with College of Psychotherapy, Social Workers or another recognized professional counselling college
  • Two years’ experience working with children, adolescents and/or families in a clinical capacity
  • Knowledge of techniques of the family systems theory, crisis therapy intervention, trauma response, child abuse and family violence, cognitive behavioural therapy and suicide intervention.
  • Experience with assessing high risk clients and responding appropriately
  • Knowledge of mandatory reporting requirements
  • Experience developing presentations and facilitating group work and therapy
  • Can approach work holistically using a wellness model which encourages clients’ strengths
  • Support system and self-care strategies in place to maintain own wellbeing
  • Excellent written, verbal and computer skills
  • Self-starter to work independently with initiative and highly adaptable
  • Knowledge of First Nations culture, history, community-based services, geographic realities and social conditions within remote communities
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects of the Sioux Lookout region is an asset.


If you believe you can make a strong contribution to this organization as a Mental Health Counsellor, please submit your resume in confidence to quoting #183609.

Quote Job Reference: 183609

Posted 2020-01-06

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