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Mental Health Therapist

Terra Centre

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Mission            Empowering Teen Parents to Succeed

Vision              Teen Parent Families Thrive and Enrich our Community

Job ID              22-007TERRA              

As a non-profit organization that has been serving pregnant and parenting teens in Edmonton for over 50 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:

The Mental Health 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 behavioural addictions.

Job Conditions:

The Mental Health Therapist is a 12-month position with possibility of extension and works 30 hours/week.  Flexible hours are required to meet the needs of the teen families that includes working in the evenings.  The position will be working out of the Terra Centre main office located at 10320-146 Street and Braemar School located at 9359 67A Street.

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 wellbeing of the teen parent and their child(ren).
  • Offer programs that will increase acceptance and understanding of mental health and promote wellness.
  • Ensure professional skills used to provide services and supports to participants reflect best practices by engaging in a process of continuous learning and professional development.
  • Ensure services align with program outcomes by capturing results and celebrating achievements for each family.


  • 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

Other requirements: 

  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle
  • Ability to work flexible hours 
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Child Intervention Check that are dated within 90 Days of the start date 

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  
  • Program Planning; design, plan, coordinate, facilitation of groups
  • Finance; manage allocated financial resources for program delivery 
  • Communication skills; excellent both written and oral; evidenced in grant writing and reporting to funders
  • Community Relations; well developed engagement skills, strong networking


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 Wage: The hourly wage for the position is $40.00 per hour.  Upon completion of a probationary period, we offer a comprehensive, competitive, extended health benefits package.

Closing Date: April 18, 2022

How to Apply

Please email your résumé and cover letter to: Human Resources, hr@careersforcommunity.ca. Please include 22-007TERRA Mental Health Therapist in subject line of the email. Please state how you heard about the position in the cover letter.