Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician
Mental Health Services Program
The Child and Youth Mental Health Clinician is responsible for providing confidential mental health counselling, education and support to children and youth dealing with concurrent disorders, blended families and familial separation within the communities located within the surrounding areas of Merritt, Lytton and Ashcroft.
This position will operate from a holistic perspective, be sensitive to the Nlakaʽpamux tradition and culture, and will provide services required to assist community members in attaining and maintain the highest level of mental wellness possible.
- Provides direct clinical services such as intake, assessment, treatment, and crisis intervention; consultation/liaison with community agencies, schools, hospitals, and other community services within the Nation.
- Provide comprehensive assessment and treatment planning and conducts individual and group therapy.
- Maintains basic knowledge of psycho-tropic medications as prescribed by a physician, maintaining and awareness of the effects of such medications.
- Maintains appropriate client documentation.
- Promotes and maintains effective working relationships with clients and families, physicians, schools and hospitals to coordinate services, secure input, cooperation, resolve conflicts, influence outcomes and provide community support.
- Masters Degree in Clinical Counselling, Psychology or Human Services field from an accredited university and registered with a professional licensing body.
- 5-7 years’ experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and/or physical/medical/behavioral support needs or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
- Proficient knowledge of, and demonstrated working experience in, the comprehensive management of clients with issues relating to substance and process addictions, mental health issues, concurrent disorders, intergenerational Residential school trauma, grief/loss, suicide ideation/intent, family violence and FN youth-specific issues.
- Demonstrated capacity to develop, implement and evaluate interventions and programs.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- Strong assessment skills relevant to the context of local Aboriginal history, beliefs and practices.
- Knowledge of, or willingness to learn Nlakaʽpamux tradition and culture.
- Recent experience working with First Nation clients in rural, remote and on-reserve communities.
- Broad knowledge of child and youth developmental theory in daily activities.
- Familiarity with both abstinence and harm reduction model.
- Ability to promote healthy lifestyles and healthy choices through personal role-modelling resources/agencies and other stakeholders.
- Ensure provision of services to clients is completed in a safe environment regardless of location (i.e., home visit, band hall, satellite stations or main offices).
- Perform correspondence and report writing as required.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to work independently and in a multi-disciplinary team.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal, organizational and time management skills.
- Functional in Microsoft Office: MSWord, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher.
- Ability to work flexible hours including some evenings/weekends and may include overnight stays. All travel is within a 100 km of main office.
- Hold a valid drivers’ license with a clean drivers’ abstract.
- This is a designated position of trust working directly with vulnerable persons. Consent to a comprehensive criminal record check with clearance is required.
Application Submission Process must include the following:
Resume: providing detailed information about your education and employment history that clearly demonstrates your ability to the required job qualifications.
Cover Letter: outlining your understanding of the position and how you’re your education/experience would contribute to the success of the position, the organization and to the communities served.
This is a demographic-specific posting where preference will be given to qualified First Nation applicants.
Apply by Mail or email to:
SCHSS Executive Director
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Application Deadline: Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00 pm.