Child Youth Worker at Siksika Medicine Lodge
Siksika Medicine Lodge - Siksika, AB

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Salary Range: Position Type: FTE/CASUAL


The Siksika Medicine Lodge Youth Wellness Centre seeks to provide support services for hard to serve youth who have been involved in at risk and high risk lifestyles. The ideal candidates are non judgmental, compassionate and able to build trusting relationships with youth.

Under the direction of the Team Leader or designate, the CYW is responsible to provide care to youth with moderate to severe behavioral problems in a residential setting in an accredited agency. As a front line worker, the CYW is responsible for overall development and daily care of those individuals, to help them negotiate positive choices and empower the youth through cultural programming. In conjunction with the treatment team, the CYW assesses physical, psychological, social and developmental needs and designs and implements individualized treatment plans and plans of care that address and meet those needs. The CYW also participates in the operation and maintenance of the program.

Applicant is required to have an awareness of child and youth development and the effects of violence and abuse on youth. Applicants must have a commitment to culturally sensitive and appropriate services that recognize and respect aboriginal cultural identity and diversity while working within the goals and objectives of the Siksika Medicine Lodge Youth Wellness Center.


Include but may not be limited to the following:


  • Modified work schedule that includes shift and weekend assignments
  • Medication administration according to policy and Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) standards
  • Ensure daily resident schedules and routines are followed by clients
  • Ensure client Individualized Treatment Plans (ITP) are completed at the following review periods: initial (2 weeks from intake), 30, 60, and 90 day reviews, discharge report, and any additional documentation
  • Ensure goals and objectives from ITP’s are followed through
  • In conjunction with the Team Lead and/or Treatment Team create and maintain a Individual Treatment Plan for their primary clients
  • Ensure ITP’s are reviewed with client’s and the goals and objectives are supported
  • Ensures staff to client ratio meets SML Health and Safety policies
  • CYWs provide hands on support in the academic setting as per the instructors requests
  • Participates actively in supervisory meetings, team meetings, retreats, planning sessions and designated in-service training as required
  • Provide active and awake supervision to all youth during the scheduled shift: during activities on/off the premises, on appointments, planned events etc.
  • Guides client’s with conflict resolution skills and problem solving strategies
  • Ensure all administrative offices and the facility is kept clean and organized at all times
  • May be called upon to assist in additional duties related to program operations
  • Completion of clerical duties as required
  • Follows all SML Safety protocols found in the Policy and Procedures Manual
  • Consistently applies reinforcement to positive, adaptive behavior; applies natural or logical consequences to undesirable behavior; actively and appropriately intervenes when disruptive conflict situation occurs, in a flexible, non-coercive approach


  • Complete communication logs, progress notes, documenting clients’ stated needs, counseling sessions attended and case conference information for each shift
  • Document all pertinent information in client files (either written or electronic)
  • Ensures incident reports are completed and submitted to the Team Leader within 16 hours of the incident
  • Monitor inventory of equipment, supplies, resources etc. required for the provision of services and report any deficiencies to Team Leader
  • Ensure all administrative offices and the facility is kept clean and organized at all times
  • Complete data entries and reporting on computers as required by specified deadlines
  • Attend staff and team meetings for the purpose of updating and providing recommendations as it pertains to clients and staff development
  • Responsive to reading and responding to internal electronic communications in a timely manner
  • Ensure CYW training requirements are kept current according to accreditation and licensing standards
  • Is responsible for a variety of tasks associated with program functioning including meal preparation, cleaning, and transportation of youth
  • Communicate effectively and maintain good relationships with family members, social workers and stakeholders
  • Facilitates case and conference meetings with stakeholders


  • A degree or diploma in the Human Services field or a related field of study and a minimum of four (4) years’ experience working with young people and families in residential care.
  • A diploma or undergraduate degree in one of the Social Sciences, Child & Youth Care, Social Work, or a related field
  • Specialized courses or training in treatment for Solvent Abuse is an asset
  • Must have a valid Class 4 driver’s license
  • Must pass & renew CPIC- Vulnerable Sector Check & Child Intervention Record Check, as required
  • Must have current Standard First Aid
  • Applicants must also lead an addictions free lifestyle & promote their own wellness and an interest in promoting First Nations cultural based programming

Mandatory Training Requirements
Must be willing and able to complete all employment requirements

  • PMAB (Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour) Certification Training
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Crisis Intervention/Restraint Training
  • Quality Improvement and Outcome Training
  • Diversity/Cross Cultural Training
  • Aboriginal Awareness Training
  • Medication Administration Training
  • Fire Extinguisher Handling Training
  • Infection Prevention and Control Education Training
  • Food Safety Training
  • Valid Class 4 Drivers License, required
  • Valid Standard First Aid including CPR Level C / AED Certification, required


  • Experience in Addictions, Chemical Dependency and Solvent Abuse
  • Must have or be eligible to apply for certification through a recognized organization such as: CCPC, CACCF, FNWAC in order to work with youth in the area of counseling
  • Must have a valid driver’s license & CPIC
  • Must pass & renew CPIC- Vulnerable Sector Check & Child Intervention Record Check, as required
  • Experience working with Youth


  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills required
  • Demonstrate empathy towards others in all interactions
  • Adheres to the Siksika Medicine Lodge Policy and Procedure Manual
  • Demonstrates effect problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of First Nations Culture and Tradition as a foundation to healing
  • Competent with common business software such as MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Databases
  • Proficient written and verbal skills including computer based report writing
  • Ongoing training towards CAC II
  • Abide by Alberta and Canadian Child Youth Worker Code of Ethics
  • Proactive, forward thinking, and able to anticipate needs and plan accordingly
  • Provide positive encouragement and support with ethics and confidentiality in both client counseling and the work relationships
  • Lead and model as an effective team member
  • Demonstrate and practice a healthy lifestyle
  • Provide and receive constructive suggestions to enhance the structure and operation of SML
  • Ability to manage crisis situations effectively and work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Experience working with youth who demonstrate challenging behavior
  • Attendance and punctuality required
  • Knowledge of community self-help groups such as AA, al-Anon, NA, etc.
  • Implements and maintains a structured environment that fosters the development of appropriate level of personal and social functioning for each youth
  • Is an effective, mature and appropriate role model for each youth to utilize in his/her growth
  • Must be an effective, mature and appropriate role model for each resident
  • Works effectively with other members of the treatment team in providing a therapeutic environment
  • Uses a strength based approach to guide client’s with coping and conflict resolution skills and problem solving strategies
  • Intervenes in crisis situations with a strength based approach
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with family members, social workers and stakeholders


  • Shifts include: as posted on the schedule- during the week/weekends
  • Regularly lifts/ moves objects/ files up to 10 pounds and occasionally moves/lifts objects in excess of 50 pounds (ie. Restraining or moving a young person during an outburst or physical threat).
  • Requires completing household tasks such a meal preparation or laundry; entering information on records, etc., participating in recreation activities with youth


As a staff member of an organization involved in accreditation, the incumbent is required to participate fully in the accreditation process which may involve being assigned to a self-assessment team, completing the self-assessment process, and addressing recommendations in the accreditation report.

The Siksika Medicine Lodge acknowledges the importance of promoting a safe environment for clients and employees within the organization, therefore all employees are responsible to follow safety guidelines and policies as a means of reducing risk and fostering attention to continuous quality improvement.

All employees of the Siksika Medicine Lodge must adhere to a strict confidentially policy and will be required to sign an Oath of Confidentiality.

Applicants are sincerely thanked in advance for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will me contacted. Competition closes when position is filled.

About this company
Siksika Medicine Lodge is given the authority through the National Youth Solvent Abuse Program (NYSAP) of the First Nations & Inuit Health...