Closing on: Feb 29, 2024

Ogimaawabiitong is dedicated and committed to “Excellence in all that we do”.  The ethics, along with the Seven Teachings, speak to how the organization operates: in relation to interaction amongst clients, staff, members and other stake holders.  The Ogimaawabiitong code of ethics and teachings reflect in both decision-making and service delivery.

Do you want to work for a health care organization that changes people’s lives? One that not only cares deeply about clients, but also values that its employees are its greatest Gifts!

Examples of Support

  • Unique health services organization
  • Supportive management team and collaborative work environment
  • Family Culture
  • Innovative environment
  • Enriched job fulfilment and
  • We offer a competitive compensation package, and exceptional opportunities for career growth
  • HOOPP Pension Plan with company contributions

Position Description

Reporting to the NBDS Manager, the Art Therapist, as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, is responsible for delivering arts-based self-reflective practices to children, youth and families in the 13 First Nation communities. They will assist individuals using a strength-based, resiliency focused approach by offering individual and group counselling services that address issues across the whole spectrum of the human experience.

Position Title:                  Art Therapist

Department:                   Development Services of Children and Youth

Salary:                                Per Annum

Term:                                 Full time – 1 FTE

Location:                           240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor, Kenora, Ontario

Reports to:                       NBDS Program Manager

Summary of Duties

  • Evaluates, prepares and adapts art therapy treatment plans for clients
  • Work with groups or individuals with the goal of improving clients’ psychological, social and physical well-being using a strengths-based approach
  • Contributes to evaluating clients’ psychological, social and physical level of functioning in order to determine their needs and establish a care plan and art therapy objectives/goals
  • Selects appropriate mediums of visual expression and implements treatment strategies that are consistent with the therapeutic objectives established in the treatment plans. Ensures that the   necessary materials are on hand and orders more when necessary
  •  Regularly evaluates the effectiveness of treatment plans and adapts them according to the  evolving needs and abilities of each client
  • Maintains a supportive relationship with clients by providing them with a secure and stable therapeutic space
  • Maintains supportive relationships and open channels of communication with clients’ caregivers.
  • Contributes to raising awareness about the art therapy services among other professionals, volunteers, and the public
  • Documents and keeps up-to-date all activities, evaluations, treatment plans, progress notes and reports related to individual clients or client groups
  • Order and maintain art supplies
  • Travel to KCA serviced communities as assigned

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate level training in art therapy, or the equivalent recognized by the Canadian Art Therapy Association (CATA)
  • At least 2 years’ art therapy experience and good knowledge of psychodynamic theory and developmental psychology
  • Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists or working towards full Registration or licensed to work in Ontario with another professional body
  • Membership with OATA, CATA or other professional Association an asset
  • Experience working with children, adolescents and families
  • Familiarity with any of the following: trauma informed practice, attachment, relational psychotherapy, CBT, neurobiology and or experience working with children on the Autism spectrum
  • Strong commitment to professional development and self-reflective practice
  • Experience in planning and facilitating individual and group art therapy sessions
  • Innovative and creative thinker who shows initiative and curiosity for new ways of working
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to manage challenging situations
  • Strong ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Can work flexible hours, and if required, evenings
  • Active in their commitment to anti-oppressive practice

Skills

  • Fluency in English
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Good judgment and diplomacy
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with video conference software (e.g., Zoom), Canva and the Microsoft Office ecosystem (e.g., TEAMS, SharePoint, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Respect for the traditions, values and norms of clients originating from different cultures and ethnicities
  • Understanding of childhood development and indigenous healing approaches
  • Knowledge of Ojibwe language an asset

  Position Requirements

  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle
  • Must be willing to travel when required
  • Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Search

We’re looking to grow our teams with people who share our energy and enthusiasm for creating the best experience for our clients and within KCA.  Discover What’s Possible!

Please forward resume cover letter and 3 references by to:

Human Resource Department

Kenora Chiefs Advisory

P.O. Box 349- 240 Veterans Drive, 3rd Floor

Kenora ON P9N 3X4

Fax: 807-467-2656

Email:  resume@kenorachiefs.org

*We thank all that apply, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted

** Traditional practices involve burning sacred medicines including tobacco, sweetgrass, sage and cedar within the work setting

***In accordance with company policy, it is mandatory for all employees to either provide proof of their Covid vaccination or undergo Covid testing twice a week

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