Temporary Full-Time Mental Health & Addiction Therapist

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 45 years Terra is recognized for its leadership, innovation and collaboration.  Annually more than 1,000 young parents and their children benefit from a comprehensive range of services. Through the compassionate work of the staff, we help parents and children to develop and reach their full potential by recognizing and responding to their unique and individual needs.   Terra Centre staff are guided by the Code of Honour which supports, respects, and celebrates our families and staff (https://terracentre.ca/what-is-terra/careers/).  If you share our values and support our mission and vision please consider joining our team.

Job Overview and Conditions:

The Mental Health & Addiction Therapist Supports for Pregnant and Parenting Teens is a community-based program for teen parents being served by Terra Centre. Through this program participants will have access to enhanced mental health supports that strengthen their ability to cope with a variety of mental health disorders, emotional and relational disturbances, parenting concerns, and adjustment problems. In addition, this currently advertised position will provide traditional therapeutic services that support and protect the mental health of teen parents and their children, while concurrently working to support the reduction of risk toward substance abuse and behavioral addictions.

The Mental Health & Addiction Therapist position is a 9-month position working a 35-hour work week, with the possibility of an extension to 12 months.  Flexible hours are required to meet the needs of teen families.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Employ assessment and intervention protocols that best address adolescent, emotional, behavioral, and mental health, and addiction concerns.
  • Facilitate the navigation of potentially complex systems to sustain community services that address the mental well-being of the teen parent and their child(ren).
  • Promote acceptance and understanding of mental health and promote wellness internally and externally.
  • Utilize professional skills used to provide services and supports to participants to reflect best practices by engaging in a process of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Ensure that services align with program outcomes by capturing results and celebrating achievements for each family.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology/Social Work/ Counselling/Therapy
  • Additional course work and experience in addiction counselling
  • Minimum 3 – 5 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist/MSW/Therapist
  • Registered with an applicable licensing body.
  • Ability to work flexible hours
  • Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Clear Police Security Check (dated within 90 Days)
  • Clear Child Intervention Check (dated within 90 days)


Core Behavioral Competencies

Terra values are core to the organization. We strive to hire individuals who possess these behavioral competencies at all levels of the organization.


Personal Leadership: Practices inclusion, communicates openly and effectively, demonstrates self-awareness

Productive Relationships: Develops networks, collaborates, develops self and others

Results Focus: Applies outcomes-based problem-solving and systems thinking, demonstrates evidence-informed decision making

Service Excellence: Practices innovation, facilitates a culture of learning, demonstrates continuous improvement



Fifty one percent of the young parents served by Terra are Indigenous.  The agency promotes and expects staff to invest in building knowledge and skills to be culturally competent in serving this population and all Black Indigenous and People of Colour.  Engaging in ceremony and cultural activities is stressed to promote experiential learning.  The Strategic Plan includes intentional actions to advance the agency efforts related to diversity, equity and inclusion.


As an agency we are working to build a foundation of knowledge and skills to be an antiracist organization, to understand and respond to systemic racism that creates barriers and inequality in the workplace and in society.


No person will be denied employment opportunities or benefits for reasons unrelated to their abilities. Recruitment and advancement will not discriminate on the grounds of any protected characteristics under Alberta Human Rights or Canadian Human Rights legislation.

Individuals will be recruited to positions based on their skills, qualifications and attributes required for employment and alignment to agency core values.


Vaccine Policy

As a condition of employment, all Terra employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID 19 or regularly undergo COVID 19 testing before entering the workplace.  Successful applicants will be required to provide proof of their COVID 19 vaccination prior to commencement.  If you are the successful applicant and cannot be fully vaccinated on the basis of a protected ground under human rights legislation you may request an accommodation that will be reviewed by Terra.


Hourly Rate: $35.00-$40.00 (Dependent on experience)


To Apply:

Please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include “22-025TERRA – Mental Health & Addiction Therapist” in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: Until suitable candidate found.