Fly-In Counsellor, Indigenous Services

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At Dalton Associates, our mission is to provide specialized mental health and wellness services that are culturally sensitive, safe, accessible, and timely, within Indigenous communities throughout Ontario.

To deliver on our mission, we strive to foster a work environment built on open communication, cooperation and mutual respect between clients, clinical professionals, our partners, and our head-office staff. Team effectiveness is paramount in allowing us to work efficiently, provide timely solutions for our clients, and adapt to on-going shifts in the mental health and wellness space to ensure we stay effective in all that we do.

Over the past several years, Dalton Associates has been honoured to develop strong partnerships with Indigenous communities and regional councils in Northern Ontario to support the development of regional and community-based mental health and wellness programs that are tailored to the unique needs of the region/communities. We use a team approach that assigns consistent, Masters-level registered mental health providers per community, who have cultural expertise and training. Our service approach, supported by our Indigenous Community Advisory Team and the First Nations Wellness Continuum Framework, is based upon the principles of:

  • Shared care, equity in voice and choice, and representation among stakeholders * Integrated approaches to care that support whole-person wellness
  • Sustainable services
  • Focus on resilience, empowerment, and capacity building
  • Culturally safe and attuned services

Dalton Associates is seeking Masters-level regulated Indigenous therapists, familiar with Northern Ontario and Nishnawbe Aski Nation region communities, for the position of Counsellor. The Counsellor will provide in person therapeutic services for people in Mushkegowuk region communities. Utilizing a person-centered approach to therapy/counselling, Counsellors are able to support individuals (children, youth and adults), couples and families experiencing a wide range of bio-psycho-social challenges.

Clinical Practice:

Counsellors should have experience and skill in a variety of therapeutic modalities. Requested counselling/therapeutic services include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Trauma Therapy
  • Grief Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Couples Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Child, Youth, and Adolescent Counselling
  • Pre and Post Intensive Treatment Support (for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Use Disorder, and etc.)
  • Substance Use/Addiction Counselling

Service Requirements:

The Counsellor will be committed to providing services in 2-week rotations (2 weeks in community, and 2 weeks / 4 weeks off) for a period of 1 year minimum.

The Counsellor will support community members with one-to-one counselling, administrative and coordination duties, and remote travel, reporting to the Dalton Associates Coordinator. Specifics duties include:

  • Fly-in to remote community for two weeks;
  • Participate in community and program expectations of professionalism and cultural safety;
  • Review consent with clients, as well as the client’s right to privacy and limits therein;
  • Develop rapport and trust with clients through long- term communication efforts and commitment;
  • Provide clients with counselling support in- person, under your own license as a counsellor;
  • Determine if additional follow-up sessions are required for the client, or if longer-term supports are required;
  • Communicate the plan with the Mental Health Case Manager and Coordinator;
  • Document Session Notes on secure clinical platform; and,
  • Participate in team meetings, organized and facilitated by the Coordinator and/or Project Manager at Dalton Associates.


  • Culturally sensitive, safe, empathetic and engaging
  • Compliant in maintaining strict confidentiality with respect to clients and among colleagues
  • Strong administrative and documentation skills;
  • Compassionate about the well-being of others and good natured
  • Excellent communicators with solid written and verbal skills
  • Confident, calm and able to manage difficult and highly sensitive conversations
  • Proactive, creative, resourceful and solution-focused; able to influence change in support of client service excellence
  • Highly collaborative and work well with a variety of work/personality styles
  • Able to think critically with an eye for continuous improvement
  • Able to navigate and thrive in a fast-paced, ever changing work environment
  • Highly organized and excel at keeping client files and information accurate/complete

Contract position, commensurate based on experience.

Contract length: 12 months

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract


  • Master's Degree (preferred)


  • Counselling: 2 years (preferred)

Willingness to travel:

  • 50% (required)

Work remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process
  • Virtual meetings