Job Posting 71929

Older Adult Counsellor
Calgary area
closed yesterday (Sun, 13 Jun)
full time

Older Adult Counsellor, Strong Families in Community (HR352)


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 110 years of service to creating healthier, more connected communities in Calgary.

With numerous programs for youth, families, and older adults, we provide a spectrum of mental health and social inclusion services for people of all ages - from babies to youth to older adults - and their support networks. Our highly skilled team encourages thousands of Calgarians each year to discover their full potential and build flourishing relationships with their families and community.

This position reports to a Clinical Supervisor and is part of the Strong Families in Community department.

Position Summary
Our strength is our people, who together with their diverse backgrounds create a workplace where excellence is valued and the atmosphere is both collaborative and forward moving. Presently, we are looking for skilled counsellors to join our awesome team known for clinical excellence to engage older adults in creating change in their lives and communities. 

The Older Adult Counsellor plays a key role in enhancing the quality of life of older adults and supporting integrated communities that value elders. This Counselling position provides short-term direct counselling (one-on-one, couples, or families as appropriate) in a variety of settings (office, home or community). Working from a trauma informed, strengths-based and evidence based approach; your counseling strategies empower older adults and build resilience. You will develop and evaluate service goal plans, maintain clinical records and reporting requirements.  Additionally, you will support with community referrals and system navigation to initiate other actions as required. An understanding of family systems, attachment theory and natural supports and mindfulness are assets.

On our Counselling team, we strive to welcome and support the whole person. This position offers a high degree of flexibility in scheduling both in person or telehealth sessions, in an effort to support you in balancing your life with client and program needs.

The role involves:

  • Providing appropriate counselling intervention in a variety of modalities
  • Performing client assessments, regular progress reports, and referrals as required
  • Effective, efficient case and file management
  • Collaborating with other professionals at the agency and in the community
  • Recording evaluation based on program and funder needs
  • Engaging in team supervision sessions and regular team meetings
  • While this position will be focused on providing counseling, facilitating groups will be required on a weekly basis.
  • Evening work of one evening per week as well as a flexible schedule is expected

Qualifications & Experience

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counselling or related field is required.
  • Current registration with a professional regulatory body (ACSW, CCPA, CAP or similar) is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years demonstrated experience in a direct counselling role is required.
  • Familiarity with and interest in issues particular to older adults is expected.
  • Training and experience in treatment options such as CBT, attachment, family systems therapy, narrative therapy, and trauma modalities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are expected.
  • Familiarity with using computerized tools (e.g., zoom, MS teams) for communication and case management is expected.
  • Ability to provide counseling in more than one language is an asset
  • A posture of cultural humility in working with diverse populations; experience with Indigenous and/or immigrant families is an asset
  • Completion of Natural Supports Framework training is an asset
  • Certification with the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative’s Core Brain Story is required.

Full Time Regular, (1.0 FTE, 37.5 hours per week)
$59,999 - $73,790
carya offers a competitive benefits package with excellent work/life balance and paid time off

Closing Date
June 13, 2021


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:  
Human Resources at

Carya is an equal opportunity employer. Persons from diverse groups are encouraged to apply. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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