Full-Time Youth Counsellor

Pine River Institute is a unique treatment center for youth 13 to 19 years of age struggling with substance abuse and addictive behaviours. Our program encompasses four seamless phases that include Outdoor Leadership Experience, Live In, Transition, and Aftercare, which create opportunities for youth to engage in a focused transformation of therapy, education, recreation, life skills, alongside a parental/caregiver parallel process.

As an employer, PRI endeavours to create an environment where staff can reach their full potential through ongoing learning. Our workplace strives to embrace individual differences, to recognize, appreciate, and respond to uniqueness, to encourage every member of our team to bring their whole self to work.

Location: Campus, Mulmur, Ontario

Salary: $24/hour

The ideal candidates will possess strong leadership, communication, and positive role modeling skills. This position reports to the Team Therapist and Program Manager with responsibilities that include but are not limited to organizing, leading, and participating in student’s daily academic work, recreational and therapeutic activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support all daily life-skill routines (self-care, cleaning, laundry, etc.)
  • Guiding and supporting students’ engagement in daily programming schedule and campus expectations
  • Facilitate/co-facilitate therapeutic groups/programming, group meetings & discussions
  • Support family communications as necessary
  • Provide classroom behaviour management and homework assistance during study hall evening programming.
  • Support student organization and teamwork of scheduled chores
  • Plan, organize and participate in holiday and  community events, off-campus outings and team camp trips (may be overnight)
  • Support the planning of transition & graduation ceremonies
  • Development of student action plans
  • Coordination of student recreational activities
  • Contribute, as part of a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team to evaluate student progress and support individual plan modifications as required
  • Help ensure the therapeutic goals of the program are fulfilled
  • Ensure individual therapeutic plan for the students are realized
  • Manage and de-escalate conflictual and/or crisis situations (ie:student disagreements, AWOLs, etc.)
  • Provide written reports as required in a timely and comprehensive manner

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Police Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Demonstrated sound judgement, integrity, patience, commitment and a sense of humour
  • Diploma or University degree in relevant area
  • Some experience and training with at risk child and youth practices
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and professional
  • Demonstrated commitment to personal growth and development
  • Valid First Aid Certification & Level ‘C’ CPR
  • Valid Driver’s License

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, and the opportunity to be part of an exciting and innovative program.

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter to Jess Bondy, Human Resources Manager, hr@pineriverinstitute.com or by Fax at 519-964-8440 or mail to 606060 River Road, Mulmur ON L9V 0S9.

We thank all candidates who apply. Please note that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Pine River Institute ensures that all recruiting processes are non-discriminatory and barrier-free. If you require accommodation, please advise in advance of attending an interview.