Employment Opportunity: Counsellor - Child & Youth Mental Health

This position is now filled.  Thank you to all who applied.


Full-time Employment Opportunity

Counsellor - Child & Youth Mental Health and PEACE program

An exciting opening for a Counsellor to work with children and youth based in Kaslo and Crawford Bay.

37.5 hours per week

As the Child and Youth Counsellor, you will provide comprehensive evidence-based services for children and youth under the age of 19, and their parents and caregivers, residing in the North Kootenay Lake Area.  You will work closely with members of the counselling team, referring agencies and community partners.  Clinical supervision will be provided.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related social services field or a lesser degree with a combination of training and experience
  • Able to be registered or licensed with an appropriate provincial body. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of children and youth who experience mental, emotional and behavioural problems. 
  • Demonstrated experience providing individual, group, and family, psycho-educational and brief therapy. 
  • Demonstrated consultation and liaison skills with external agencies. 
  • Driver’s licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Please email the Administrator at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society with your resume and cover letter addressing the preferred qualifications to: administrator@nklcss.org

Wage: $26.50 - $32.50 per hour depending on qualifications and experience

The position will remain open until filled.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.


Job Description:


Last Updated:  Jan 18, 2019

Job Summary:
The CYMH Counsellor provides assessment, treatment planning, implementation and outcome evaluation for clients of the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Child Youth Mental Health Program. 

The Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Counsellor is an employee of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.  The CYMH Counsellor will work with the Counselling Team Lead and other program staff to plan and deliver the program.  All staff will adhere to policies developed by the NKLCSS Board and guidelines developed by the Executive Director and Counselling Team Lead. 

Reports To: NKLCSS Counselling Team Lead.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Interviews clients, prepares case histories, assesses problems and outlines services provided by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society. Refers clients to appropriate programs.
  2. Develops and implements counselling and intervention programs to assist clients in determining goals and the means of attaining them. Plans, prepares and conducts individual counselling sessions with clients, and develops and implements a plan for therapy.   
  3. Evaluates the effectiveness of counselling programs and clients' progress. Resolves identified problems and moves towards defined objectives.
  4. Acts as an advocate for the client, provides support for them while client is in care and, as appropriate.
  5. Maintains accurate reports and records on clients and provides monthly statistical information to Sharepoint.   Ensures that all required documentation is complete.
  6. Maintains a thorough knowledge of community resources to meet clients' needs. Provides liaison, education and advocacy to other professionals, other agencies and the community.  Participates in the Child / Youth Interagency Committee meetings.
  7. Ensure confidentiality of all client-related and privileged agency information.
  8. Performs other related duties as required.


Education, Training and Experience:

  1. A Master’s degree in social work, counselling or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Working knowledge of DSM but employee is not required to make DSM assessments.
  3. One to three years' previous work in a similar environment required.
  4. Direct program delivery experience in the community social services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of community based programs and related provincial and community support systems is preferred.


  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
  • Must have a valid First Aid Certificate (training provided if needed)
  • If clients are to be transported by the counsellor, then a sound vehicle and clear drivers abstract are required.

Additional Information:

This position is required to work in the office of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society. The counsellor may work outside the office, e.g., in community settings to further the goals of the position and is expected to take an active role in providing opportunities for support and education surrounding the client’s issues. 

Hours, Remuneration and Benefits:
37.5 hours per week

Salary commensurate with experience.

Benefits, Permanent Contract: Include extended health and dental, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, a professional development budget, clinical supervision, and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.