Mental Health Therapist

Terra Centre is a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton since 1971. With support from individuals and groups in our community, Terra helps more than 1,000 young parents and their children a year to develop and reach their full potential.

The Mental Health Therapist is a full time position, 37.5 hours per week that is flexible to meet the needs of the teen families and may include occasional evenings and weekends.

The Mental Health Supports for Pregnant and Parenting Teens is a community based program for teen parents being served by Terra Centre.  Through this service, participants will have access to enhanced mental health supports that strengthen their coping with: mental health disorder with mild to moderate symptoms, emotional disturbances, and adjustment problems.  Traditional therapeutic services will support and protect the mental health within a school and early learning and childcare context so pregnant and parenting teens can benefit personally, academically and succeed in parenting.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop individual treatment plans based on clinical experience and therapeutic interventions such as CBT and Solution-Focused Therapy.
  • Conduct formal one-to-one therapeutic sessions with teen parents
  • Facilitate group programming focussing on mental health issues, trauma experience and/or addiction
  • Facilitate the navigation of potentially complex systems to sustain community services that address the mental wellbeing of the teen parent and their child(ren).
  • Provide mental health, trauma informed care and service education to Terra, Braemar and other relevant community personnel.
  • Promote mental health wellness within the school environment through facilitation of activities, events, and relationships.
  • Cultivate an environment that promotes positive mental health and reduces stigma of people struggling with mental health issues
  • Engage in a process of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Deliver services that align with program outcomes by capturing results and celebrating achievements for each family
  • Exercise sound judgement to meet or exceed standards of practice in recognized field.
  • Build strong working relationships and contribute to a positive working environment
  • Utilize a broad range of communications styles.
  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, or Therapy
  • Minimum 2 years’ recent experience in Adolescent Mental Health
  • Registered with an applicable licensing association- Require practise permit
  • Police Security Check and Child Intervention Checks that are dated within 90 Days of the start date

To apply for this opportunity, please email your résumé and cover letter to:

Human Resources Please include Mental Health Therapist in the Subject Line of the email

Salary Range: $79,000-$84,000 per annum based on education and experience.

Closing Date: April 7, 2017

We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and encourage applications from Indigenous persons, men, LGBTQ-identified persons, people of colour and persons with a disability.

Educational Support Services (ESS) Worker

Maternity Leave Position April 15, 2017 – January 31, 2018

Terra is a dynamic community based organization that assists teen parents in developing self-reliance and skills to be successful parents.

The Educational Support Services (ESS) Worker develops and maintains supportive relationships with pregnant and parenting teen moms attending Braemar School.  Working collaboratively with Braemar School, other Terra program staff and external agencies the ESS Worker works with participants to achieve successful High School completion and increase their parenting capacity.

Reporting to the Program Supervisor, Educational Support Services, the ESS worker works from a strengths-based perspective that is participant-led.  By providing  supportive counselling and resources to assist participants and their families’ with their personal, parenting and educational goals, ESS workers interact with young families in a respectful, non-judgmental manner that recognizes participants natural supports. At all times, ESS workers must adhere to Terra’s policy and procedures and to the professional code of ethics of applicable professional associations.

The ESS Worker is a full time position (37.5 hours per week).  Hours of work are Monday-Friday 8:15 4:15 p.m.

  • Provide ongoing support to the young families through onsite visits, home visits, psycho-social educational groups, telephone and electronic contact as well as other support strategies
  • Assist families in connecting with agency programs, community resources and arrange case conferences when required
  • Support self-advocacy practices and advocate for families in crisis, assisting with problem solving, communication skills, decision-making skills and goal planning to increase their confidence in meeting the needs of their family
  • Identify community resources and develop strong community relationships to continually enhance programming to meet both the needs of the families and the outcomes of the program
  • Adhere to all safety protocols established by the agency for on-site group and community meetings/interactions
  • Complete assessments, file maintenance, documentation and reporting according to program policies and procedures
  • Record and monitor the progress on participants’ goals
  • Compile monthly statistical information as required and collect outcome measures data and complete evaluation activities as required
  • Diploma or Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or related Human Service program.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working directly with adolescents in a community based service delivery model that utilizes assessment, case planning, and a range of intervention techniques.
Conditions of Employment
  • Suicide Prevention Training and/or Mental Health First Aid Certificate.
  • Current Standard First Aid Certificate dated within 6 months.
  • Police Security Clearance (CRIM) dated within 6 months.
  • Child Intervention Check (CWIS) dated within 6 months.
  • Valid Driver’s License, Insurance Coverage (with 2 Million Liability), own vehicle and a clear Drivers Abstract dated within 6 months.

Salary Range: Starting salary $38,000-$40,000 based on education and experience. Upon successful completion of a probation period, there would be an attractive benefits package offered.

To apply for this opportunity: Please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources Include Educational Support Worker in the Subject Line of the email.

Closing Date:  March 31, 2017

Employment Benefits

  • Short- and long-term disability
  • Extended health care
  • RRSP employer contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Start with 3 weeks holidays in years 1 through 5; 4 weeks thereafter
  • 12 sick days
  • Agency-hosted annual staff appreciation day
  • Agency-hosted staff Christmas party
  • Ongoing staff celebration and recognition
  • Opportunity and funds for professional development
  • First Aid, Suicide Prevention and Cultural Awareness training at agency expense
  • Years of Service Recognition
  • Free downtown parking
  • Agency and unit-specific team-building activities
  • Additional paid holiday time between Christmas and New Years

Terra is also a member of the City of Edmonton Corporate Wellness Program which provides employees, (and their immediate family members living in the same household,) discounts on admissions to City operated sports and fitness centres. This includes:

  • Annual Pass – receive a 20% discount on Adult and Family Annual Passes.
  • Continuous Monthly Pass – a 20% discount off the Continuous Monthly Membership Program
  • Multi Admission Pass – a 15% discount on our already discounted multi admission pass (starting at 5 visits)

Terra Code of Honour

The Code of Honour was developed in 2009 after a comprehensive process which included dialogue and the opportunity for all staff to participate in determining the Code of Honour. It was updated in 2012. The Code of Honour reflects how we work together, what we hold each other accountable for and our values as a staff team.

  • We believe in our mission. We can better serve our clients by always being aware of our purpose in everything we do.
  • We believe in respecting our diversity and celebrating it. Our differences can come together positively to strengthen our team as a whole.
  • We believe that each of us can choose our own attitude. By being positive and respectful we can create a healthy work environment and set a good example for our clients.
  • We believe in being supportive to each other. Terra is a team and a team member in need should always be supported and never be left behind.
  • We believe in supporting the communities we serve. In working collaboratively with other agencies, we can open ourselves up to new opportunities for programs, partnerships and possibilities to help our clients.
  • We believe in dealing with issues as they arise. Bringing forth conflicts in an open, honest and courteous manner will allow us to address them in a non-confrontational way so we can continue working towards the success of our organization.
  • We believe in being accountable. By taking responsibility for our mistakes and supporting colleagues through theirs, we can learn from them, move past them, and be successful.
  • We believe in celebrating successes and taking time to have fun! By committing to positivity in the workplace, we all can further enjoy the work we do.