Youth and Family Counsellor- Wheatland Program

Strathmore, AB, Canada Req #7
Monday, August 16, 2021

We Never Say No. We Never Give up. We Never Turn Anyone Away.

Wood’s Homes is a non-profit children’s mental health center based in Calgary and we create and provide quality mental health services that promote and restore the well-being of children and families who struggle with problems big and small.

Are you a passionate and dedicated individual interested in making a difference in the lives of children, youth and families? Are you committed to cultivating an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates diverse voices at every level?

Then we want you to join our Wood’s Homes family as a full-time Youth & Family Counsellor in our Wheatland Program.

The Wheatland Program operates on a house-parented, group-care model for young people dealing with diverse psychological, social and emotional issues. In a family-like setting, this program provides services for youth with clinical, supervision or peer issues who can benefit from a smaller setting with more supervision than a foster home might provide.

Let’s Impact Lives for the Better

The Youth and Family Counsellor acts as a coordinator in the planning and delivery of therapeutic activities for high risk youth. The Youth and Family Counsellor works on a rotational shift schedule which includes day, evening, weekend and awake overnight shifts, ensuring 24/7 coverage for the youth in our care.


  • Implementing and maintaining a structured setting fostering the development of personal and social functioning for each client.
  • Participating in supervisory and team meetings, retreats, planning sessions, and in-service training.
  • Conducting therapeutic responsibilities for young adults and their families including attendance and intervention at case conferences, consultations, school meetings, doctor’s appointments, family meetings and related case management.
  • Must be an effective, mature and appropriate role model for each client.
  • Integrating cultural practices, traditional ways of knowing, and building cultural resources into daily wellness activities and the treatment milieu for young persons and family (would be an asset).


  • Diploma or Undergraduate Degree in, Social Sciences, Human Services, Child and Youth Care, Social Work, Community Rehabilitation, Disability Studies, Addictions, or a related field.
  • Experience working with children, youth and/or adults with developmental disabilities or complex needs.
  • YFC I - Minimum two (2) years of related experience in working with young people or youth transitioning into adulthood and adults in a residential setting.
  • YFC II - Minimum four (4) years of related experience in working with young people or youth transitioning into adulthood and adults in a residential setting.
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Personal suitability is an important consideration.
  • Knowledge about local indigenous history, culture and issues (would be an asset).

Why choose us.

We are committed to a workplace that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve. We empower and are advocates for our employees by welcoming, respecting and valuing their unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences.

At Wood’s Homes we embrace each other’s differences and strive to learn and grow from them. Should you need accommodation during the interview please inform your contact prior to the interview and let them know what you require.

We offer competitive pay, great health and pension benefits, and a supportive and inclusive workplace environment with plenty of opportunities for professional growth.

Bring your unique strengths, skills and passion to Wood’s Homes. Please visit us at
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Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Strathmore, AB, Canada