Job Posting 62444

Community Counsellor
Calgary area
closed 8 days ago (Mon, 25 May)
part time

At carya (formerly Calgary Family Services), we know that the strength of our community is rooted in its people.  That’s why we’ve dedicated more than 100 years of service to creating healthier, more connected communities in Calgary.


With over 40 program offerings for individuals and families, we provide a full spectrum of interactive counselling and development services for people of all ages — from babies to youth to older adults — and their support networks. Our highly skilled team encourages nearly 40,000 Calgarians each year to discover their full potential and build flourishing relationships with their families and community.

Position Summary

As a Community Counsellor, you will be part of a highly skilled and adaptive team working with caregivers and children ages 0-6. The primary focus is to strengthen family connections in the home by facilitating parent-child counselling using directive play therapy. This position includes connecting the family to community supports from a natural supports framework and family wellness perspective. We are looking for a culturally sensitive candidate who has experience working with vulnerable families experiencing social isolation.


The Community Counsellor position facilitates a variety of groups, including parent-child play groups and our Parent Cafe, and provides psychoeducational support in community.   This includes a wide range of topics such as responsive parenting strategies, healthy brain development, and early childhood mental health.  The Community Counsellor will work creatively with children and parents together, or separately, to enhance parent capacity, as it is well understood healthy connection is a protective factor to healthy development and well-being of children. This position requires knowledge in the areas of trauma, grief and loss, attachment, neuroscience, play-based approaches and resiliency.


Qualifications & Experience

  • A Bachelors’ degree is required, master’s preferred.
  • At least 5 years of related work experience with caregivers and young children in a community or clinical setting with a focus on parenting, attachment, and early childhood development
  • Current registration with a regulatory body is required
  • Completion of Core Brain Story Certification is required
  • Training or experience using Circle of Security, Theraplay or Natural Supports Framework is an asset
  • Proven skills in case management, assessment and clinical interventions
  • Highly engaged team player with confidence in presenting and facilitating groups
  • Demonstrated ability to work openly and collaboratively with diverse individuals with awareness and sensitivity to cultural safety and inclusion
  • A second language would be an asset
  • Must be willing to travel throughout the city and have a reliable, insured, registered vehicle

Applicants are encouraged to present with a current Criminal Record Check, Vulnerable Sector Check and a Child Intervention Record Check completed within the last year.


Part Time Regular (0.8 FTE, 30 hours per week)
$38,888 to $45,654 annually

Competitive benefits package


Closing Date

May 25, 2020


If you are seeking a genuine challenge in a workplace where excellence is valued and the atmosphere is supportive, please send your résumé  and cover letter to:
carya Human Resources at   

We appreciate the interest of all candidates,
but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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