Role Summary:
The Family Counsellor will work with a multi-disciplinary team of community physicians and allied   health professionals in the communities of the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network (CRPCN).   The Family Counsellor will work in a flexible, responsive manner  to provide assessment  and treatment.  The  Family Counsellor will work with  a  high  degree  of  professional  autonomy  and  judgement as  part  of  a  multi-disciplinary care  team,  and  will  provide  system  based  assessment and  treatment  for  a  varied caseload  of families  with concerns  relating to  the  condition of the patient. 
Key Responsibilities:

  • Using a population needs-based approach, the Primary Care Family Counsellor will provide brief episodic interventions   for  children  or  youth  and  their families.             
  • The Family Counsellor will identify and meet patient needs (through education, self-management etc.) and refer patients to community based resources as appropriate.  
  • The Family Counsellor will conduct assessments of the family unit, and/or related risk factors including trauma history and substance abuse; and  identify concerns that may impact treatment.
  • The Family Counsellor will respond to referrals from family physicians and other members of the multi-disciplinary health care team.
  • The Family Counsellor will advocate for patients and families by collaborating with the health care team to ensure promotion and support for mental health.
Educational Requirements:
  • Masters Degree in Social Work or Psychology, with minimum 3+ years experience
  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work will be considered with 7+ years of relevant experience
  • Fully licensed and in good standing with regulatory body
Experience and Skills Required:
  • Strong client and family focus with ability to triage clients to most appropriate resource
  • Direct assessment and counselling experience with youth aged 7 - 17
  • Knowledge of and interest in principles of a population needs based approach, primary care, primary health care and the medical home model would be an asset
  • Current knowledge of all relevant Acts and Legislation
  • Current knowledge of Child Adolescent Mental Health Services with Alberta Health Services
  • Current knowledge of the DSM-V and mental health disorders throughout the lifespan
  • Trained in CBT and behaviour modification
  • Ability to work with children & youth with behaviour difficulties
  • Ability to work with, educate and support families to effectively address mental health and/or behaviour concerns of their child
  • Ability to differentiate mental health and behavioural disorders and which health professional would be an appropriate referral/consult
  • Health Change Associates Certification or equivalent education in Motivational Interviewing
Core Competencies:
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills
  • Expertise in clinical guidelines
  • Experience in leading program development and delivery
  • Comfortable working with various health care providers (both internal and external to the CRPCN)
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with alternative service providers such as Alberta Health Services
  • Ability to manage a varied caseload.
Working Conditions:
  • Clinical office environment
  • Occasional travel to CRPCN work sites required
  • Valid driver’s license & access to reliable vehicle required
Reporting Structure:
Direct – Manager, Clinical Innovation; Indirect – Executive Director
About the Calgary Rural Primary Care Network (CRPCN):
The Calgary Rural PCN works together with communities, family doctors and other health team members to do whatever we can help you be as healthy as possible. We are working together to change the delivery of health care in our communities from reactive to preventative by providing services to patients that fit their needs through supports we have in our member clinics, such as nurses, dietitians and other health care professionals. We collaborate to provide the tools and education to empower patients to work on their everyday health needs.
Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to
Please note that only candidates who are selected for an interview will be contacted. We thank all other candidates for their interest.