Children’s Village School – Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellor

Full Time
Calgary, AB
Posted Today
Job description

Hull Services has an organizational commitment to pursuing truth and reconciliation, anti-colonialization and anti-oppression.

The Program:

Children’s Village School (CVS) is operated as a partnership between the Calgary Board of Education and Hull Services. The therapeutic programming offered is designed to meet the complex learning, social, and emotional needs of elementary school-aged children. These students’ severe emotional and behavioral difficulties in their current school, community and home have created significant barriers to their ability to successfully engage in learning. Educational program content includes a strong focus on literacy, numeracy, self-regulation, and social skills. Class sizes range from 6 to 9 students, depending on the grade level and complexity of learner profiles. Each classroom is staffed with one Teacher and two Educational Child and Youth Care Counsellors.

The Position:

Children’s Village School is looking for a temporary Educational Child and youth Care Counsellor for a specialized – Enhanced Educational Support (ESS) classroom supporting children with developmental delays, behavioural and mental health problems.

The term for this position is January 16, 2023 to June 30, 2023

Note: there is a possibility to work in a CVS satellite program at Chinook Park School.

This position is based on a 40 hour work week. The hours of work are 7:45a.m. to 3:45p.m., Monday to Friday.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual or small group instruction including psycho-educational instruction as directed by administration.
  • Supervise students outside the classroom, to and from school, and during non-class time (before/after school, recess, lunch).
  • Identify and act on goal-related teaching opportunities.
  • Assist children with personal hygiene and caring for themselves.
  • Plan and participate in group activities of a leisure, recreational and therapeutic nature.
  • Utilize a trauma-informed lens and approach when implementing therapeutic strategies and plans.
  • Collaborate with students, colleagues, family and caregivers to develop individual behavioural support plans.
  • Contribute observations and feedback to individual program plans as required.
  • Develop and implement incentive systems for the individual student or class.
  • Communicate rules and behavioral expectations to the students and follow through on appropriate behavioral consequences and rewards.
  • Communicate with students using various methods including augmented or alternative communication devices, e.g. for non-verbal students.
  • Utilize preventative interventions and de-escalating skills in individual and group situations; use crisis intervention techniques as necessary.
  • Provide counseling, life-space interviews, and/or problem solving coaching as appropriate.
  • Collect clinical and administrative information using the appropriate format.
  • Keep records as needed, including attendance records.
  • Record: observations related to medication effectiveness, changes or trials and observations and data regarding academic and behavioural assessments and testing.
  • Attend and participate in team meetings; be prepared to report on school-related information in the absence of the teacher.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Human Services or Social Sciences
  • Experience working with youth with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges is an asset.
  • Skilled at working with children on the autism spectrum.
  • Demonstrated sound clinical judgment.
  • Ability to use a trauma-informed and strength-based approach towards service delivery
  • Strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • High level of personal competence in the formation and maintenance of caring and therapeutic relationships
  • Ability and willingness to support students with personal hygiene.
  • Dynamic and high energy individual.
  • Ability to work independently when required and as an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • A Police Information Check, which includes a vulnerable sector search, is required (or is in process of being completed) prior to employment.
  • A Child Intervention Record Check.
  • Reliable transportation, valid driver’s license and ability to drive Agency vehicles is preferred (min. 2 years driving experience with a class 5/GDL class 5 license).
  • Completion of ASIST, First Aid, Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Certified with CYCAA would be considered an asset.

How to Apply:

  • If interested, please inform your Coordinator and direct your cover letter and updated resume to [email protected]
  • Please indicate “Your Full Name – Counsellor ESS” in the subject line of your email.

The deadline for application is Friday, December 16, 2022.

At Hull, one of our core values is Inclusion and we seek to understand people’s lived experience, holding a deep respect for their unique backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities, cultures and identities. It is our desire to humbly build trust and mutual respect with the people we serve who have often been marginalized and oppressed for their differences. To achieve this, Hull seeks open, self-aware individuals who reflect the diversity of those we serve and can help us build a safe, healthy, inclusive culture. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, place of origin, religious beliefs, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, family status, or sexual orientation.

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