• Full Time
  • Nordegg

Therapist Shunda Creek Addiction Treatment Program

1 FTE – 6 month contract (with potential of long term)

ENVIROS – Who We Are:   

Enviros is an innovative social services agency that provides critical, individualized programs to children, youth, adults and families in vulnerable situations to meet their desired outcomes and wellness.

Enviros helps our clients make strength-based changes to move to independence within a healthy community.

Enviros focuses programs on the unique needs of individual clients practicing experiential learning to provide opportunities for personal discovery and growth.

Enviros focus is on building relationships and is the foundation of the work we do. This enables clients to develop skills, healthy trust, and independence.

Since our founding in 1976, Enviros has been an early adopter of new evidence-based best practices and has developed and informed other leading practices.

Why People Choose Enviros

Simply stated, our vision is: “The Power of Human Relationships Invites Belonging and Inspires Growth”.


The Program – Shunda Creek

Enviros Shunda Creek, funded by Alberta Health Services, is a 10 bed 12 week live in, Adventure Therapy Addiction treatment program.  Shunda Creek serves 18-24 yr old males who have substance abuse issues and who often struggle with diagnosed/undiagnosed mental health concerns.  Shunda Creek has been providing treatment since 2009 and operates 85 km west of Rocky Mountain House in the Nordegg Alberta area.  Shunda Creek is open to all males 18-24 years of age within Alberta.

The Position – Therapist

As the Shunda Creek Therapist your primary responsibility is to direct the delivery of an adventure therapy addiction treatment program in accordance with agency directives, policies, priorities within the Service Operating Requirements established within the Young Adult Treatment provincial program.  As well, in partnership with the Program Supervisor and Manager, you must ensure the daily program activities are in compliance with accreditation and wilderness industry standards so as to ensure an integrated, effective and therapeutic service. As the Therapist you are responsible for using an experiential approach, adventure therapy and strength-based philosophy to ensure programming is intentional and safe. The Therapist is responsible for overseeing all intake assessments and working with staff members to develop and implement treatment plans that address the needs of each client. The Therapist, along with the Program Supervisor, ensures the provision of individual and group therapies, and provides supervision and consultation to staff members regarding residents and families. The Therapist supports the Enviros Community through liaison, program development, and participation, and will provide emergency clinical on call consultation as needed by the program.

This role involves the coaching of and consulting with a staff team capable of providing the wilderness component of treatment as well as the addiction treatment component.


For Consideration Applicants Will Need to Demonstrate the Following:

In carrying out your responsibilities as program therapist, you are expected to represent an agency perspective in all your communications and actions.

  • Master’s degree in Psychology/Social Work/Counselling
  • Experience in counselling, family and group therapy
  • Registered/Chartered/Licensed by their professional discipline
  • Experience with experiential learning, adventure therapy and strength based practice.
  • Ensure residents have a voice and choice in their treatment.
  • Support staff in developing positive and professional relationships with residents
  • Consult with Program Supervisor and Manager (as appropriate) regarding overall therapeutic delivery of program.
  • Ensure treatment teams are consistent in the therapeutic direction set for individual residents.
  • Provide clinical support to the staff team as it relates to residents assisting staff in acquiring further knowledge regarding mental health and how it impacts residents in treatment
  • Provide clinical support to Alumni who call into Shunda Creek
  • Consult with Alberta Health Services regarding the screening of incoming residents as appropriate.
  • Ensure that all relevant documentation is completed including research, case planning, CIR’s, home visits and daily case notes
  • Complete monthly and quarterly reports as required. (i.e. monthly nominals)
  • Ensure all Wilderness staff are trained to industry standards
  • Ensure that all aspects of Adventure therapy meet acceptable therapeutic standards in collaboration with the Wilderness Facilitator and Program Supervisor.
  • Ensure your practice adheres to OH&S standards.
  • A current criminal record check including vulnerable sector (completed within the last 6 months)
  • A current Alberta Intervention Record check (completed within the last 12 months)
  • A current First Aid and CPR/AED ‘C’ certificate
  • A Class 4 or 5 Driver’s License (Class 5 GDL will not be accepted)
  • A 5 year drivers abstract with no major violations (such as a DUI or Distracted Driving charge)

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to careers@enviros.org: attention: Bev Oldham. Quote job reference #2110. Competition for this posting closes on: when a suitable candidate is found.


To apply for this job email your details to careers@enviros.org