Trauma Support Worker

Nikihk Indigenous Housing First is an intense home visitation and follow-up program designed to assist those experiencing chronic homelessness.  We provide in-home follow-up support, with cultural and spiritual support and education. The Indigenous Cultural & Spiritual Educator supports families in areas of spiritual guidance, traditional healing and emotional support within the Indigenous culture 


  • Provide services specific to recovery from trauma through utilization of existing resources and collaborations with specialist in the field of trauma recovery  
  • Conduct one on one counselling for the purpose of gaining knowledge in assisting the client with accessing the appropriate professionals. 
  • Develop and implement client case plans by setting  goals towards the healthy development of the client 
  • Life skills facilitation in the areas of mental, physical, emotional health and wellbeing, including addiction, alcohol awareness, dual diagnosis, etc.
  • Workshop development/facilitation in the areas of mental, physical, emotional health, addictions, etc. 
  • Provide awareness on factors affecting the clients ability to maintain stable housing i.e. environment, imposed, chosen, external, and internal 
  • Assist the clients in identifying unhealthy boundaries and create a plan of action in overcoming barriers to healthy boundaries 
  • Empower clients with knowledge and awareness of the impact of trauma thereby building their confidence and providing them with a safe supportive environment to talk about the trauma they have suffered.  
  • Provide supportive referrals for clients to various areas of counselling specialization i.e. anger management, family doctors, dentists, optometrist, bereavement counsellors, domestic violence, addictions, etc. 
  • Report at the team meeting client’s progress and ensure all staff is aware of triggers, violent tendencies, or any other conditions which may assist the case manager in ensuring the client’s needs are being met.   

Qualification Requirements 

  • Human Services Degree or Diploma or equivalent with a focus/major in Psychology 
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience 
  • Knowledge of evidence based practices, motivational interviewing skills, and cognitive behavior approach. 
  • Must have the ability to empathize with those experiencing significant barriers in their lives.
  • Enthusiasm for being part of the solution to end homelessness in Edmonton 
  • Passion for working with Indigenous individuals; excited about being a catalyst of change in people’s lives.  
  • Must have an understanding of the impact the loss of culture identity and intergeneration residential school syndrome has had on Indigenous people.  
  • Must have own vehicle and be willing to transport clients.  
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and willing to obtain a drivers abstract 
  • Must have 2-million-dollar liability insurance coverage 
  • Must provide a Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector and Intervention Record Check (within a 6-month period from date of completion). 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills. 

Salary and Benefits 

  • Salary plus monthly auto allowance. 
  • Paid sick and wellness days after 3 months’ probation (pro-rated) 
  • Extended Health Benefit (50/50 cost sharing) after 6 months’ employment. 
  • Working approximately 34.5 hours per week 


How to Apply  

You can send your cover letter and resume via