Youth and Family Counsellor I or II (Full Time)

The Youth/Family Counsellor is the primary worker with young people, normally on rotating shifts that provide coverage twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week, and is a contributing member of a team providing service to young people and families within a structured setting.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements and maintains a structured setting that fosters the development of an appropriate level of personal and social functioning for each resident.
  • Is an effective, mature and appropriate role model for each resident to utilize in his/her growth.
  • Works effectively with other members of the clinical and group care team in providing a therapeutic milieu.
  • Develops and maintains a therapeutic relationship with youth in the program through the implementation of the Circle of Courage model.
  • Participates actively in supervisory meetings, team meetings, retreats, planning sessions, and designated in-service training.
  • Maintains appropriate records.
  • Is responsible for a variety of therapeutic responsibilities for particular young people and their families including attendance and intervention at case conferences, consultations, school meeting, psychiatric appointments, family meetings etc.
  • Is responsible for completing behavioral assessments of youth and the development, implementation, and on-going evaluation of Treatment Service Action Plans.
  • Maintains the upkeep of the residential living space of the unit, and ensures the provision of a program that fits the requirements of the Licensing Department.
  • Is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with program functioning including meal preparation, cleaning, and transportation of young people.
  • Administers medication according to policy and CAC Standards.
  • Night shift in all residential programs is an awake position.

Annual salary range for this position is $40,380-$51,818 – placement on union salary grid based on education and years of relevant experience. Vantage Community Services offers a great benefit package including health, dental, life & disability coverage after 6 months, a Registered Pension Plan with 4% employer matching after one year and generous vacation time with 3 weeks of vacation per year to start.


A diploma or undergraduate degree in Human Services such as; Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Psychology, Sociology or a related field.  Experience in working with young people preferred. Must have current Standard First Aid/Level C CPR, PIC, CYIM, Valid Driver’s License, and Driver’s Abstract.

Applicants are sincerely thanked in advance for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Competition closes when position is filled.

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