Therapist – Shunda Creek

Therapist – Shunda Creek

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.”

Program Overview 

Shunda Creek is a wilderness-based addiction Treatment program for youths aged 18 – 24.

Position Overview

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, and 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.

Specific Responsibilities

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

  • 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 the overall therapeutic delivery of the 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.
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Health and Safety Considerations

  • Practice prudent wildlife care in a wilderness setting. All trips to possess bear spray and adhere to bear safety protocols. Drive with care to minimize the risk of animal collision.
  • Sour gas plants in vicinity. Though it may be easily smelled by some people at small concentrations, continuous exposure to even low levels of H2S quickly deadens the sense of smell (olfactory desensitization). Exposure to high levels of the gas can deaden the sense of smell instantly. Check windsock and drive with wind to effect dilution or drive at 90* angles to odour.
  • Risk of aggressive residents. Strong practice of preventative measures such as through tone and talking residents down. In the event of an aggressive resident, Police would be called, and all other residents would be secured in a safe facility.
  • Residents are screened for mental/emotional issues before attending camp and attend with appropriate medication.
  • Detoxing takes place prior to camp attendance. If detoxification becomes an issue, resident is transported to a hospital.
  • Some risk of slipping on ice in winter onsite sidewalks, Sand and shovel as required.
  • Wilderness tripping hazards and winter conditions – snowshoes or ice shoes. Regular footwear. Walk with care.
  • Forest fires are a risk. Evacuation on orders of Police or Forestry
  • Propane-fueled furnaces in buildings. Monitors announce higher concentrations – evacuation if monitors announce high concentration and / or odour is smelled.
  • Extreme cold – tripping stopped if temperatures exceed -25C and/or call in to be picked up.
  • Cooking on large propane stove – fire extinguishers immediately accessible. Maintenance conducted by Edon.
  • Food safety – food stored in refrigerators with a backup generator coming online immediately on power outage.

Qualifications – Skills

  • 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.

Qualifications – Personality Traits

  • Attention to detail
  • Collaborative
  • Team player
  • Inspirational – encourages and supports others to be their best
  • Mentor to the staff team
  • Creative – can think outside of the box. Creative solutions due to remoteness
  • Humorous
  • Calm demeanor
  • Constant learner seeking individual solutions for residents
  • Fun by nature

If you’re interested in the position, please apply by submitting your resume and cover letter via the link provided

Enviros believes in the power of diversity, and we are dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. We ensure equal opportunity for all applicants and encourage people of all visible minorities, including Indigenous applicants, and those of any religion, sex, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to apply.

Additionally, Enviros is committed to having a workforce of skilled and diversified representation of the population we serve. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, however, in our commitment to the population we serve, preference will be given to candidates self-identifying as an Indigenous Person.

Enviros is an equal-opportunity employer. We thank all candidates for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. We regret that we are unable to accept telephone inquiries.