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Mental Health Therapist

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Location: High Prairie

Competition #: 14724

Open To: Everyone

Date Posted: October 31st, 2022

Closing Date: Open Ended

Additional Information:

NORTHLAND SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 61

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Mental Health Therapist

Based in the High Prairie Area

 

Northland School Division No. 61 is seeking an advocate of Indigenous Education who supports FNMI Language and Culture to help us lead the way in First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Education.  Northland School Division requires a full-time Mental Health Therapist.  This position primarily will support the schools in the High Prairie area.

 

The primary responsibilities of this role involve coordinating mental health supports.  Ensure services are coordinated, without duplication.  Informal and formal referrals are seamless, professional development opportunities are coordinated for school staff groups, liaising with community partners and stakeholders for collaborative opportunities, students and supports.

 

The position requires a high degree of collaboration with a multitude of partners and stakeholders, as well as the ability to work independently within broad parameters.  The Mental Health Therapist must maintain a positive and professional image and remain diplomatic and tactful at all times when dealing with stakeholders and a variety of system and family issues in a confidential manner.

 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

The Mental Health Therapist will have a master’s degree in a health or education discipline with a minimum of five years of supervisory/management/leadership experience with a strong emphasis on children, youth and families and the systems that serve them.

 

Familiarity with Human Services and Education policies is considered an asset.  Experience in working within the areas of social profit organizations, mental health and education will be considered an asset.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES:

  • Reporting and accountability to the Director of Student Services. 
  • To focus on inter-sectoral collaboration in order to provide the service needs of children, youth and their families, using their skills and experiences
  • Be able to demonstrate collaborative leadership and be in possession of group process skills
  • To have a working knowledge of, and a strong commitment to, the principles related to family centered practice
  • A high degree of tact and diplomacy along with strong facilitation, problem solving, dispute resolution skills and with proven skills in stakeholder liaison/relations
  • Provide and coordinate professional development opportunities in the area of trauma and recovery for school teams
  • Provide and coordinate parent support groups and outreach groups before, during and after school hours
  • Work with Student Services to develop and implement programming for small group mental health sessions for school-aged children
  • Support school administrators in development and implementation of psychosocial planning
  • Liaise with outside agencies (i.e. social profit agencies) to coordinator community and family support and share with school partners
  • Develop and support schools in becoming more trauma informed and trauma sensitive in their school practices
  • To have solid administrative experience including project management, budgeting, organization and time management skills, the ability to prioritize work, manage competing priorities and remain productive under pressure within tight timelines
  • To demonstrate reliability, a strong work ethic and the ability to take initiative, anticipate needs, build networks and mobility resources
  • To have a collaborative interpersonal style and strong written, computer and oral communication skills

 

The successful applicant will be required to provide a vulnerable sector check along with a criminal record check.  All employees are expected to be computer literate, which includes fluency with Google supports and Microsoft Office.

 

Interested applicants are asked to e-mail or fax a complete resume including the names of three (3) professional references to: Murray Marran, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, Northland School Division, 9809 77 Avenue, Peace River, Alberta T8S 1V2.  Phone: (780) 624-2060.  Fax: (780) 624-5914.  Email: applications@nsd61.ca  

 

Open until a suitable candidate is found.

 

Offers of employment will be conditional on receipt of satisfactory criminal record and child welfare checks. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.