Play Therapist

Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Kwanlin Dün First Nation
35 McIntyre Drive, Whitehorse, Whitehorse, YT, Y1A 5A5, Canada (Whitehorse, YT)
Full time
Hours / week:
35 hours/week
Wage / Salary:
Not Disclosed
Date posted:
Closing date:


Kwanlin Dün First Nation is dedicated to fostering a supportive and nurturing environment for our community's children and families. Our mission is to provide culturally relevant educational programs and services that promote the well-being and development of our youth. We are seeking a compassionate and skilled Play Therapist to join our team and contribute to the holistic development of children in our community.

Job Overview

We are looking for a Play Therapist to join our team who will work with children to help them express their feelings, develop coping mechanisms, and improve their social skills through play. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the unique cultural context of Yukon First Nation communities and will use this knowledge to provide culturally sensitive therapy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Conduct play therapy sessions with children individually and in groups.
  • Assess the needs of children and develop tailored therapy plans.
  • Collaborate with parents, teachers, and other professionals to support the child’s development.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential records of therapy sessions and progress.
  • Provide education and training to staff and families on the benefits of play therapy.
  • Advocate for the mental health and well-being of children within the community.

Required Qualifications (what we look/screen for on your resume):

  • Master's degree in Education, Counseling, Social Work, or a related field with specialization in Play Therapy;
  • Certification as a Play Therapist (CPT) or working towards certification)supervision can be provided)
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with children;
  • Experience working with people who may have complex care needs: including physical and cognitive challenges, mental health issues and/ or substance use challenge; and
  • Recent experience with person-centered case management services.

Note: An equivalent combination of education & training, and considerable experience in the above areas will also be considered.       We encourage those who don’t feel they meet all of the qualifications to still apply.

Required Skills (what we asses on/may interview on):

·         Knowledge of Kwanlin Dün’s history, culture, demographics, goals, aspirations and the community’s history with formalized education systems, residential school and on-going inter-generational effects

·         Knowledge of child development, trauma-informed care, and evidence-based practices in play therapy.

·         Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment.

·         Ability to maintain professional boundaries, confidentiality, and ethical standards in all interactions.

·         Proficiency in using play-based techniques and interventions to address emotional and behavioral issues in children.

·         Compassionate and empathetic approach to understanding and supporting children and families.

·         Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to explain therapeutic concepts to children and families.

·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail in maintaining clinical documentation and records.

Conditions of Employment: A satisfactory pre-employment criminal records check with vulnerable sector search to be submitted upon hire; valid class 5 Driver’s License (class 4 or willingness to be obtained is an asset) First Aid with CPR and Food Safe Level 1 are requirements to achieve within the first 3 months of employment
Job Requirements: This position requires flexibility of working hours to arrange and participate in evening and weekend recreational activities; programming will take place in variable weather conditions including rain and snow, and sometimes in more remote locations on the Land; must have the ability to maintain a healthy drug-free, self-sufficient lifestyle.

Salary:                                $76,531.00 - $117,299.00 per annum ($42.05-$64.45 per hour) Level 7 *plus benefits

Additional Information:
*KDFN has generous employer-paid benefits and a matching pension package that commences after 3 months of continued employment plus paid leave accruals. • Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Human Resources via email to or in person to 35 McIntyre Drive. • Kwanlin Dun First Nation citizens/members who would like help with writing or updating your resume, please contact House of Learning. • If you have questions about this position, please contact Krista Strand, Manager, Education, 867-633-84222 Ext 502. For a full job description, please access one on our website at We thank all those who apply however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Note: The KDFN Hiring Preference Policy is in effect. KDFN reserves the right to underfill/provide developmental opportunities for this position.
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