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Fort Frances Tribal Area
Health Services Inc.

Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc. is a corporation that provides health care, mental health and
addiction treatment services to the 10 First Nations.
Position Summary:
Reporting to the Mental Health Manager of Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc., the Mental Health/
Crisis Counsellor provides bi-cultural clinical counselling and community mental health crisis services in oneto-one, group, and family settings. The Mental Health/Crisis Counsellor is responsible for the efficient and
effective operation of the Counselling Unit Department, including the development, planning, administration,
organization, and operation of service according to approved work plans.
Job Duties:

  • Provides one-on-one counselling and clinical support to deal with issues of multi-generational grief and

trauma, violence, grief, and drug and alcohol-related issues;

  • Provides group counselling and clinical support to deal with issues of violence, grief, and drug and

alcohol-related issues;

  • Provides crisis intervention and prevention services to individuals, families, and communities upon referral

and/or request;

  • Conducts interviews and collects the necessary information to ensure the individual is eligible for agency

service and identify clinical issues to be addressed;

  • Completes client history and any necessary assessments; determine client mental and physical conditions;

make ancillary assessment requests; and prepare the client counselling treatment plan;

  • Assess client progress towards counselling and treatment goals and modify counselling plan to comply with

changes in the client’s status; plan client discharge when appropriate and assist in establishing linkages to
after-care support services;

  • Provide client advocacy and case conferencing with internal and external service providers as deemed


  • Coordinate counselling efforts with other members of the Behavioural Health Services team members, and

other service providers;

  • Maintains and adheres to reporting standards and documentation to ensure all files meet the reporting


  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality with respect to all aspects of the agency
  • Regular data entry into the case management data system of BHS to ensure timely and accurate case recording;
  • Assist in the implementation and delivery of community prevention and wellness promotion activities;
  • Conduct workshops in each of the 10 First Nation communities when requested and as directed, where

information will be provided about multi-generational grief and trauma, family violence, drug and alcohol
abuse, suicide, and grief;

  • Participate in health fairs where information will be provided about multi-generation grief and trauma, family

violence, drug and alcohol abuse, suicide and grief;

  • Provide other job related duties as assigned.
  • Assist the Mental Health Manager to review, plan and make recommendations for the development of clinical

and culturally based services for the BHS programs;

  • Coordinate, organize, and evaluate program relevance to determine whether desired outcomes are being

achieved for service consumers;

  • Assist the Mental Health Manager to gather relevant research both quantitative and qualitative for grants,

proposals, and reports to funders.

  • University degree in Social Work or Psychology;
  • 3 years’ experience working in the field or similar discipline;
  • Have the ability to work effectively with First Nation community members and leadership;
  • Have the ability to manage time well and work under stressful conditions with an even temperament;
  • Have the ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with other employees and the public;
  • Anishinaabemowin – Ability to communicate effectively in Ojibway a definite asset;
  • Have documented experience working with First Nation people and health and/or social service agencies.
  • Have an understanding of cultural norms, protocols, and diversities of the people FFTAHS services;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to respond calmly and appropriately in emotional situations. Must demonstrate

skills in mediation and negotiation;

  • Must be proficient in word processing and computer usage experience;
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form;
  • Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s “G” License with a good driving record and be insurable;
  • Must successfully pass a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Reference Check.

Requirement for Submissions:
Applications must include a signed cover letter, resume, and list of three (3) EMPLOYMENT RELATED references.
Applications received without a signed cover letter, resume or three (3) EMPLOYMENT RELATED
references or not received by the deadline are incomplete and will not be accepted.
Interested applicants can forward their information to Cathy Handberg, Human Resource Manager.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 608
Fort Frances, ON
P9A 3M9
Fax: (807) 274-9669
Email: chandberg@ff
Deadline for application submission: Tuesday July 9, 2019.
Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services Inc. welcomes applications from people with disabilities. A modified
space is available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. While we
appreciate all who apply, we will only contact those persons selected for an interview. Miigwech, Thank You.