Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society is a fast-growing Indigenous Women’s organization providing shelter, counselling, and advocacy supports for Indigenous women, two-spirit, genderqueer, trans, and non-binary people involved with the Canadian Correctional system. TWHLS works within an Indigenous, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, anti-colonial, queer and trans positive framework.

We are offering a full-time position for an Addictions Counsellor/Co-Facilitator for our “Daughters of the Earth Aftercare Program”. Daughters of the Earth is a culturally based, strengths-based program that has been developed to assist women on Probation, Parole, and/or with a history of incarceration to start/continue their healing journey. The program is offered every day, five days a week and includes support from Elders, Knowledge Carriers, Counsellors, and various dedicated staff.

The successful candidate will work in collaboration with our Program Facilitator to continue to develop and establish a strong and successful program series. Your job will be to deliver clinical counselling services to Clients by providing clinical assessments and developing and implementing clinically sound treatment plans.


  • assesses client needs using diagnostic tools and structured interviews.
  • in consultation with the Client, develop an individual treatment plan for the client.
  • provide individual and/or group counselling to address the clients’ needs.
  • conducts group sessions as required in collaboration with Program Facilitators.
  • refers clients to other appropriate support services and agencies according to the clients’ needs.
  • conducts appropriate case management services with respect to the client’s treatment plan.
  • co-facilitate circles and activities with clients.


  • Strong communication and active listening skills are required
  • Broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories, mental illness, and community resources.
  • Ability to: function independently, and as a team, maintain effective working relationships with others, work effectively under pressure or deadlines and work outside regular office hours as required, use good judgement to make sound decisions
  • Interpersonal skills that require an attention to detail and rapport building with clients
  • Experienced sense and awareness of ethical boundaries and clinical reporting obligations
  • Active time management and scheduling


  • Degree in social sciences with at least 2 years addiction counselling experience.
  • Basic life skills counselling, supportive counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and group work
  • Managing clients with complex needs in varying stages of change
  • Understanding of Indigenous gender-based violence as a complex social problem and the intersectionality of sexism, racism, classism, colonialism, homophobia, and transphobia

Hours: 35.7 hrs. per week – the hours of work for this position are 9am-5pm. Salary to be determined.

Thunder Woman Healing Lodge is committed to the development of an organization that reflects Indigenous values and teachings. We encourage applications from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people, especially women. Women with lived experience are welcome to apply.

Please apply by submitting your Cover Letter and Resume in a single PDF document to Patti Pettigrew by June 20th, 2022.

We thank all applicants and respectfully advise that only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Date of Posting: May 30, 2022

Deadline: June 20, 2022