Career Opportunity: Therapeutic Advisor

Therapeutic Advisor


Our mission is to build a legacy for present and future generations of Esquimalt Nation members by ensuring our work is rooted in the teachings and natural laws that flow from the Sacred Trust. We will promote and advance holistic health, self-sufficiency and safety of Esquimalt Nation members by offering meaningful programs and services and working with our partners for mutually beneficial goals.

Position Summary

The Therapeutic Advisor is an integral member of the Esquimalt Nation Community. This position works within the Education and Programs Department to provide a range of mental health services to children, youth and their families. The Therapeutic Advisor will work in collaboration with the Health Department, the Administration and the Esquimalt Nation Community to provide crisis intervention to children, youth and their families, in addition to consulting with program staff to ensure early intervention and health child mental health development. This position will develop and facilitate mental health groups for adults, children and youth at Esquimalt Nation, as well as provide on-one-one support to children and youth.

Primary Responsibilities

Group Facilitation

  • Designs and facilitates group therapy sessions for Esquimalt Nation members
  • Works collaboratively with the Health Department, the Band Administration and the Chief and Council to deliver informative group sessions to assist members in a variety of mental health service areas
  • Works within the inter-disciplinary team to build capacity toward developing evidence-based programs and training for communities and related health staff and partners
  • Provides consultation, education and information to individuals, families, community and caregivers about mental wellness

Counselling Services

  • Provides direct clinical services such as assessment and crisis intervention, consultation with outside agencies, schools and hospitals
  • Provides comprehensive assessment and treatment planning and conducts individual, group and family therapy
  • Maintains appropriate clinical/client/administrative records
  • Promotes and maintains effective working relationships with members and families, physicians, schools and hospitals to coordinate services, secure input, cooperation, resolve conflicts, influence outcomes, provide community consultation and provide educational services and training on emotional and behavioral disturbances
  • Therapy service areas may include: trauma, anger, spirituality, parenting, abuse, stress, grief, depression, anxiety, dissociation, substance abuse and addiction issues
  • Evaluates outcomes to ensure effectiveness of services through continuous follow-up plans and actions
  • Provides referrals to external agencies, internal services, Traditional Healers and other culturally relevant resources

_Program Support

  • Assists the program department in providing behavioral supports and ensuring all team members are able to understand and deliver on the individual care plans for children and youth
  • Works to infuse cultural ceremony, tradition and customs into and around related duties where appropriate and as needed
  • Collaborates with community health staff, Traditional Healers, families and community resources as needed
  • Develops, recommends and implements practices and procedures to improve quality access to mental wellness services to community and provides advocacy to address barriers of service

Other related duties as assigned
TEAM Core Competencies

  • On time, ready to work each day
  • Desire to serve the Nation members and the ability to put the greater good before personal feelings and resentments
  • Belief that traditional processes of inclusiveness, dealing with conflict, respectful communication, and the connectedness to the spirit of the land is the respectful way to carry out all Nation business
  • Share in a spiritual base upon which to build all conduct and decisions
  • Share in a commitment to living life today following the teachings of the elders, we honor the Esquimalt Nation traditions and will attempt to use them in our daily work life

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Esquimalt/Indigenous people and culture
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to interact with people from various backgrounds
  • Understanding of child and youth psychological, social and cognitive development
  • Knowledge of behavioral, emotional and mental health problems and disorders of children and youth
  • Demonstrated ability to provide comprehensive assessments
  • Ability to conduct crisis intervention services
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain clinical/administrative records
  • Sound judgement and ability to articulate findings
  • Demonstrated ability to create and manage treatment plans
  • Knowledge of inter-generational trauma

Training, Education, and Experience

  • Masters in Social Work, Educational Counselling, Clinical Psychology or Child and Youth Care or comparable graduate degree at the Master’s level, or equivalent
  • Minimum of 1 year full-time clinical experience working with children, youth and their families, with responsibly for providing a wide range of community based mental health services
  • Experience working in First Nations Communities
  • Successful applicants will be required to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check
  • Preference may be given to applicants to have Indigenous heritage (First Nations, Metis or Inuit) with the required combination of education and experience

Critical Success Factors

Committed to our guiding principles:

  • Every individual reflects the whole
  • Connect our spirituality to our work
  • Promote self sufficiency

Job Type: Temporary/Part Time

Salary: $48.92 /hour

Applications, including a resume and cover letter, are to be submitted to Maddy Coxford at 


Only applicants successful in the screening process will be contacted. If you have any questions regarding jobs at Esquimalt Nation, please contact Maddy Coxford at 

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