Community-Based Mental Health Therapist

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Community-Based Mental Health Therapist

The Family Centre has been providing a wide range of social services and programs to Alberta communities for over 70 years. We work closely with key stakeholders and foster strong partnerships leading to the development of innovative services, which will ensure we continue to meet the needs of an ever changing and increasingly complex environment.

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Reference Competition #:


Job Type:

 Full Time, 9 Month Contract (October 01, 2017 - June 30, 2018)

Date Posted:

Thursday, September 21, 2017


 Until Filled

Job Description:

Community-Based Mental Health Therapists are part of an integrated service delivery team. They work collaboratively with other service providers in a Circle of Support model for children and their families. Developing relationships with hard to reach parents and caregivers is an important part of this work. At The Family Centre Therapists provide services to a wide range of clients in our offices. Services include Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy; Substance Abuse Assessments; Critical Incident Response; Coaching; Psycho-Educational Workshops; EAP Workshops; and other related duties.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Individual and Family Therapy: Formal sessions with clients- students, parents, families etc. files are created and sessions can last anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. Therapy is goal oriented and our model is short-term intervention and long-term relationship. Being in community settings like schools allows us to build relationships that could last for years.
  • Support to Community Partners: Be a resource to teachers regarding information and strategies for working with complex trauma.  Support could range from individual consultation regarding the best way to work with challenging/disruptive behaviour to more formal presentations to staff on issues such as trauma, attachment, sexual abuse, or other mental health issues.
  • Networking: Our goal is to bring a resiliency perspective/focus to the community and individual clients.  This includes building relationships with the Principal, teachers, students (informal connections in hallways, playgrounds, and classroom interactions), and community (both formal and informal resources).
  • Group work: Groups are often used to reach more people.  The following is a list of some groups that have occurred in schools:  Anger management, Self-esteem, Healthy Relationships, Girl Power, Chill Skills, Peer Conflict Management Teams, Anxiety and Stress, Parenting, etc.
  • Circle of Support Meetings and Service Plan Meetings:   Attend monthly Circle of Support meetings where the needs of various students and the school are discussed with other school professionals and resources.  Based on the outcomes of these meetings, individual Service Plan meetings will be held to design outcomes that are relevant and meaningful to the clients.
  • Attend School Functions as possible: Build relationships with children, families and staff.  This has involved attending Parent/Teacher nights, concerts, and other special events. Our work is based on our relationships.
  • Administration: Time spent opening and closing files, and developing evaluation processes (i.e., profiles).
  • TFC Meetings/Consultations: Attend all scheduled meetings and supervisions.
  • Connect clients to resources: Connect clients to beneficial, affordable and sustainable community resources to increase network of support.


  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Pastoral Counselling or equivalent 
  • Certification and registration with applicable professional association 
  • Three years counselling experience
  • Experience with families is required 
  • Ability to work in a team environment and flexibility in taking on new roles
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English 


From $48,077 - 59,851 Annually

How to Apply:


Edna Wakene

Program Manager, Mental Health Services

How to Apply

To apply for this job send your resume to the email address listed in the job posting. Please include the reference number in the subject line.  If you are applying for multiple positions within The Family Centre, you will need to send your resume to the email address in each job posting. Note: we do not keep resumes on file.