Title Family Support/Suicide Bereavement – Counsellor
Location Calgary, AB
Job Information

Are you a dynamic, committed individual looking to make a difference in the lives of members of our community?  We are accepting applications for the position title below:

Position Title:    Family Support/Suicide Bereavement – Counsellor

Job Type:           Part-time

Hours of Work:  18 hours per week

Position Overview:

The Counsellor will assist in providing counselling and group support to those experiencing grief and loss due to suicide, knowledge and experience in the area of trauma informed work, mental health conditions and addictions; consultation with team counsellors; and liaison with other professionals, and facilitation of group process in areas of prevention, intervention, and follow-up care.


Service Responsibilities:

  • To provide counselling to clients experiencing grief due to a suicide, including assessment and appropriate referral as needed.
  • To provide counselling to clients/families experiencing trauma, mental health conditions, and addictions.
  • To design, organize and facilitate group sessions for clients.
  • To ensure the ongoing recording of client and program information.
  • To represent CMHA on appropriate committees as required.
  • Provide ongoing research on areas relevant to recovery framework with respect to suicide supports, trauma informed work, and mental health conditions and addictions.
  • To provide on-going program evaluation.
  • To be a resource to the community in the area of suicide prevention, suicide intervention, suicide bereavement, and information and referral services.
  • To assist in the planning and coordination of Survivors of Suicide Loss Day as well as mini Survivors of Suicide Loss Days.

Team Responsibilities:

  • Some evening/weekend work required.
  • To work collaboratively with team members in the development of new, innovative services within Suicide Services.
  • To adhere to the definition and guiding principles of the Team Model.
  • To promote the principles of diversity and equity in all work related duties, wherever applicable.


Education & Experience:

  • Masters level training in Psychology, Social Work or related field.
  • A minimum of two years clinical experience in dealing with suicide/grief and loss related issues, trauma and PTSD, and mental health conditions and substance abuse. Certification/registration with appropriate professional body.
  • Individual and group facilitation experience.
  • Knowledge of bereavement process.
  • Experience in delivering presentations to groups.
  • Computer skills including use of MS Office.
  • Experience in crisis management would also be an asset.

Skills & Personal Attributes:

  • Able to engage in active listening and provide/accept constructive feedback.
  • Effective conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Approachable, accessible and facilitates cooperation.
  • Recognizes and adheres to professional boundaries.
  • Is able to represent self and the agency in a professional manner.
  • Works effectively in a team environment.

Additional Requirements:

  • CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.
  • ASIST training an asset.

Qualified applicants should click on Apply Now link below this posting to complete the Application Online Form along with uploading your cover letter and your resume to Human Resources Calgary at hr@cmha.calgary.ab.ca.

Thank you for your interest. While we appreciate all the submitted applications, we will only contact the candidates considered for this position.

There is no official close date for this position.  We will post this position until suitable candidate is selected.

** Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of education credentials upon hire and complete a criminal record check. **

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – Calgary Region is part of Canada’s most established national mental health organizations. CMHA facilitates access to resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience and support recovery from mental illness and addiction.

In return for your commitment: CMHA offers their employees a competitive salary, work/life balance, career planning as well as professional development opportunities. Come and work with other amazing individuals that are as committed to helping, learning and growing as you are!

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