Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor

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Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor

Job Information
Author pmnationtalk
Date February 7, 2020
Type Full Time
Company Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)
Location Chippewa, ON
Category Medical / Health
Client Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
Contact Information
Email:  [email protected]


Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor  

Status: Full-Time
Location: Chippewa of the Thames First Nation, ON
Posting Date: February 6, 2020

The Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency.  We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. The Centre provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest and Erie St Clair regions.  SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. We are also mandated to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities.  Currently, we are seeking the services of a Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor to join our interdisciplinary staff team to work at our Chippewa of the Thames site.

Position Summary: This unique position is suited for a compassionate, creative, dynamic individual who possesses knowledge, skill, and experienced both a culture-based and western approach to healing and services. As part of the Mental Health Team, the Trauma Focused Mental Health Counsellor will be able to provide a safe therapeutic setting for families and individuals of all ages.  The work will be to provide a blend of trauma focussed individual and group counselling and traditional healing methods.  This will include providing Indigenous-based spiritual guidance, traditional teachings, ceremony, and healing approaches to facilitate wholistic healing of self, family, community and nation. It will also include the use of evidence based western approaches to wellness.

The successful candidate will work to achieve our mission to empower Indigenous families and individuals to live a balanced state of well-being by sharing and promoting wholistic health practices.

Experience: Direct experience working with and learning from Traditional Healers/Elders/Knowledge Keepers; use of traditional practices and knowledge to bring healing and wellness to Indigenous people, family and community; knowledge and experience working with evidence-based trauma intervention, as well as; the use of other evidence based therapeutic interventions to support people and families with crisis intervention, counselling, mental health and addictions services.

Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):

  • Masters of Social Work, Psychology or equivalent and professional membership
  • Experience working with Traditional Healers/Elders/Knowledge Keepers
  • Providing teachings, ceremonies and traditional healing methods
  • Demonstrated ability to improve wellness through the development of focused plans
  • Certification in Evidence-based treatment of trauma (i.e. EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma focused CBT, etc.)
  • Training or certification in mental health and substance abuse screening and treatment, specialized therapeutic interventions, etc.
  • Awareness and understanding of child protection and First Nation involvement
  • Knowledge of FNMI (First Nation, Metis, Inuit) Culture, Values, and History
  • Knowledge of Health and Wellness issues pertaining to Indigenous people and communities
  • Able to work a flexible schedule with some evenings and weekends
  • Computer literacy including skills in word processing, e-mail, PowerPoint, Excel, and Electronic Medical Records
  • A current driver’s license, driver’s abstract, personal auto insurance in good standing and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Willingness to participate in ongoing cultural learning and traditional teachings
  • Ability to obtain a vulnerable sector check as a condition of employment
  • Up to date immunizations and records


  • Accept referrals from within SOAHAC and from external partners
  • Conduct intakes, screening and initial assessments using appropriate tools
  • Offer teachings, ceremonies, and arrange for additional traditional supports when required
  • Provide structured trauma interventions and counselling services
  • Respond to crisis situations with clients as required
  • Provide phone counseling and home/community visits as required
  • Follow identified evidence-based, best practices and standards of practice during counseling
  • Generate treatment plans and evaluate progress of treatment,
  • Facilitate file closure and discharge of clients when appropriate
  • Provide case management services on an as needed basis (including advocacy, case conferencing and referrals as needed)
  • Complete reports for legal, CAS, school, doctor or other agencies as required
  • Provide complete and consistent documentation using the EMR (Electronic Medical Record)
  • Participate in the Performance Management Program and meet identified targets

This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.

Please Note: This position is based on a 35 hours (5 days) work week.  Salary is competitive and subject to experience and continuation of funding. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.

SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however, hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants.  SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of 3 professional references (minimum two references from a supervisor or manager) to:

Email:                           [email protected]

Subject Line:              FT Trauma focused Mental Health Counsellor

or mail to:      

Attention:                   Anna-Marie Evans

Human Resources Manager

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

425 – 427 William Street,

London, ON N6B 3E1

Closing Date:              February 24, 2020

Please visit Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre online at: or like us on to learn more about us!

We thank all those for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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