Youth & Family Counsellor in Sylvan Lake, AB
Great job IF you have a super thick skin, can be dangerous at timesThe nature of this work is extremely stressful, but if you can get past that, this has potential to be an amazing job. For the first few weeks I genuinely loved the position, but then once I had the basics of the job it became extremely stressful. The biggest issue with the job is that they are so chronically short staffed that you as employees are left in stressful and unsafe situations alone to handle things without the necessary training to actually handle the situations, as a lot of the necessary trainings do not happen within the initial 10 day training period. You have to read a giant policy and procedure manual which in no way prepares you for the situations that may come up, and are told by supervisors “call on-call if anything goes wrong” which does not help you in the case of a true emergency. I ended up stepping down from the position a month and a half in as an extremely unsafe situation came up, and when I spoke with my supervisor about it and told them I was no longer willing to work alone for safety reasons was told that there was nothing that could be done for me due to staffing, which on one hand I understand is not entirely their fault, on the other hand if they didn’t put staff in these sorts of situations they wouldn’t blow through staff so quickly. Supervisors were understanding of my reasons, which I appreciated, but absolutely no effort was put in to keeping me as staff.