Practice Lead, Indigenous Mental Health

Job Details: Full time, out of scope

Closing Date: May 20, 2022

Open Positions: One

Location: Fort Road

Job ID: 22-032


About CASA

CASA is a major non-profit community-based provider of mental health services for children, adolescents and their families within greater Edmonton and from Central and Northern Alberta. Since 1988 CASA has provided assessment and treatment services for up to 4,000 children and adolescents ages three to 18 each year through a continuum ranging from consultation in community outreach settings to intensive treatment programs.


Job Purpose

Reporting to the clinical manager, Indigenous Services, the practice lead of Indigenous Services provides day to day guidance and leadership in Indigenous-informed practice with multi-disciplinary team members. The practice lead works collaboratively to ensure integrated opportunities for success in the areas of coaching, mentoring, education and consultation in children’s mental health service delivery to professionals and para professionals in First Nation communities involved with the Indigenous Services Team and CASA programs.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Using a consultative model, provide advanced advice/input on Indigenous wellness practice and strategies for diagnosis, and/or treatment plans related to children’s mental health.

  • Provides Indigenous wellness practice and strategies to Indigenous children, youth and their families.

  • Uses knowledge and practices from a holistic wellness perspective.

  • The practice lead, Indigenous Services attempts to access existing local resources and use the direct service delivery as a modality for increasing capacity through coaching and consultation.

  • Plans for and engages in continuous learning opportunities for personal and professional growth.

  • Provides Indigenous knowledge and content expertise in the development of education and training materials, when asked and appropriate.

  • Act as a resource to team members and regional service providers on issues related to Indigenous communities’ practices and protocols.

  • Develops and maintain professional rapport and relationships with Indigenous community leaders, service delivery providers, families and other support systems in the community/region as it relates to ongoing consultation and coaching work with Indigenous children, families and mental health issues.

  • Supervises a team of Indigenous wellness support specialists.

  • Participates regularly and constructively in program and clinical team meetings.

  • Support the application of Indigenous knowledge, approaches and strategies to children’s mental health. Mentoring and coaching individuals engaged in the delivery of mental health supports and services to children and families. Coaching activities may include:

    • Co-coordination and chairing of case consultations of the Indigenous Services Team.

    • Observing practice and providing feedback.

    • Assessing learning needs and recommending a learning options.

  • Support the development of Indigenous ways of knowing as they apply to children’s mental health knowledge and skill by mentoring and coaching those involved with Indigenous children and families in First Nation communities.

  • Creates culturally appropriate education and training materials for learning events, through working collaboratively with the CGT team members.

  • Coaches professional staff seeking Indigenous knowledge, approaches and strategies.

  • Educates staff and external service providers about Indigenous ways of knowing as they apply to Mental Wellness strategies.

  • Follows CASA’s policies and practices regarding privacy, consent and maintenance of health records.

  • Leads data collection and research in best practices in Indigenous practices.


  • Graduate degree in psychology, social work, occupational therapy or nursing.

  • A minimum of three years working in Indigenous wellness practice.

  • Strong knowledge of Indigenous culture, spirituality and its application to mental wellness practices.

  • Direct knowledge of First Nation community practices and protocols.

  • Good understanding of children’s mental health science, theory and practice

  • Ability to establish relationships based on cultural respect and spiritual practice within Indigenous communities. 

  • Knowledge and proficiency with an aboriginal language preferred.

  • Excellent education and coaching skills.

  • Strong advocate for Indigenous children and families.

  • Strong critical thinking skills.

  • Respect for other disciplines and an ability to work collaboratively with diverse interest groups.

  • Demonstrated leadership, coaching and mentoring skills.

  • Team player.

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.


Please note:

  • While we appreciate all applications, only the successful candidates will be contacted.

  • All members of the CASA team are required to have a double vaccination status at this time.


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