Position: Fly-in/Fly-out Clinical Therapist (Residential youth care)

Competition: CT-FS-0221

Type: (40 hours per week – flexed to meet youth being served)

Location: Northwest Territories / Nunavut

Starting Compensation: $13,455 / 10 week rotation

Rotating Schedule: 10 weeks on / 10 weeks off

Start: ASAP

Are you a youth focused clinical therapist seeking an adventure or change of pace? If so, consider joining our team as a Clinical Therapist. Working under the guidance of the Clinical Manager, the Clinical therapist is responsible for providing individual counselling sessions, facilitating psychoeducational and therapeutic groups, and providing educational discussion groups for staff at our residential care facilities.

Specific Duties

  • Prepare and deliver weekly ‘solos’ – individual therapeutic counselling sessions for each client in care.
  • Prepare and deliver weekly ‘duets’ – small group experiential therapeutic sessions outside of the residence.
  • Prepare and deliver weekly ‘groups’ – full group workshops on topics such as substance abuse, sexuality, trauma recovery, grief and loss, self-harm, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and more.
  • Facilitate regular staff education and wellness groups
  • Use clinical judgement to support interventions for youth in crisis and assess youth for potential harm.
  • Thoroughly document all therapeutic interventions with detailed case notes.
  • Build healthy relationships with youth in the residence by participating in aspects of the regular residential program.
  • Help each youth develop a personalized treatment plan and work with other staff to help youth to achieve their goals set in their plan of care.
  • Promote a friendly, supportive environment for co-operative living and conflict resolution skills.
  • Maintain client files, incident reports, and other reports as needed
  • Work systematically within the local community by networking and building and effective partnerships with community services and community members.
  • Bring energy, enthusiasm and a genuine desire to improve the wellbeing of young people in care to the job.


  • Master’s degree in Social Work or Counselling from an accredited postsecondary institution or an acceptable combination of education and experience.
  • Be a member in good standing and have current registration with a provincial licensing body.
  • Demonstrated experience working therapeutically with children and adolescents.
  • Understanding of modalities such as DBT, CBT, MI and trauma informed approaches to care.
  • Experience working with clients who may be experiencing challenges such as self-harm, suicidal ideation, complex or acute trauma, or who may present with behaviours related to undiagnosed mental health concerns.
  • Demonstrated confidence and ability to create and facilitate therapeutic sessions on a wide range of topics.
  • An ability to think outside of the box and work creatively with youth who may be resistant to traditional clinical approaches.
  • A sense of humour and the ability to work within a fast paced and changing environment.
  • Experience with supervision considered an asset.
  • Valid NVCI, CPR, First Aid, and ASIST considered an asset.
  • Must possess a valid unrestricted driver’s license.
  • Demonstrated understanding and sensitivity to the intergenerational impacts of colonialism and residential schooling in Canadian Aboriginal communities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Circle of Courage model of care considered an asset.
  • Successful candidates are responsible for providing a clear criminal reference check, vulnerable sector screening, a clear driver’s abstract, Hep A & B screening, as well as clear tuberculosis skin test.

About Shift   

Formerly known as Atlantic Youth, Shift is a privately owned and operated youth care company based in the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia. Founded in 2011, Shift is a progressive company that provides individual and family services in the Maritimes, youth programming nationally, and operates residential youth care programs in Nunavut and NWT. Learn more at www.experienceshift.ca

About Shift’s youth care facilities:

Ilagiittugut: Experience the raw beauty of the Arctic. Our eight-bed treatment center for female youth between the ages of 12 and 19 is located on Baffin Island and focuses on reconnecting youth with their families, schools and communities.

Trailcross Treatment Centre: Help youth discover their greatness in a program built around cultural and outdoor adventure pursuits. Trailcross is our therapeutic treatment and care centre for co-ed youth aged 12-18 located in Fort Smith, NWT.

Polar Crescent: Live the joy of making a house a home. Located in Fort Smith, NWT, Polar Crescent is a six-bed, co-ed foster care program for children of all ages that incorporates growth through play and creativity.


To Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume quoting competition CT-FS-0221 to: