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Aboriginal Mental Health Counsellor – Youth Development Assertive Outreach

Vancouver Coastal Health

This is a Contract position in Toronto, ON posted May 28, 2021.

Job Description Job Title: Aboriginal Mental Health Counsellor
– Youth Development Assertive Outreach Work Site: Additional Sites: Youth Outreach Mental Health, Vancouver Child & Youth Mental Health
– Vancouver, BC Urban Native Youth Association (UNYA) Status: Temporary Full Time Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately August 2022 Salary: $35.65
– $44.56 per hour Hours: 0900-1700 Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays Reference: 145541-cye Come work as a Aboriginal Mental Health Counsellor with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Mental Health Clinician with a Master’s Degree in Behavioural Science to join the Vancouver Community Child & Youth Mental Health team in supporting aboriginal youth in Vancouver, BC.

As a Aboriginal Mental Health Counsellor with Vancouver Child & Youth Mental Health, you will: Work as part of a community interdisciplinary team to provide culturally appropriate mental health counselling, support and information services with Aboriginal youth and their families utilizing a health promotion model and traditional Aboriginal care practices and approaches, as appropriate.

Establish, maintain and enhance relationships based on respect and understanding with Aboriginal youth and their family, and provide mental health triage, intervention and referral services to Aboriginal youth and their families (as needs of individual youth require) to ensure continuity of care.

Collaborate, consult and build linkages with organizations/agencies and services providers for the coordination and integration of Aboriginal youth focused mental health services, prepare education material and tools, and co-facilitate education sessions.

Participate in continuing education, prepare and maintain client records, maintain knowledge in mental health issues, and participate in quality improvement activities.

QUALIFICATIONS: Education & Experience Masters Degree in a regulated health science discipline such as Social Work or Clinical Counselling.

Three (3) year’s recent related experience with the Aboriginal community working with Aboriginal youth in a mental health setting, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.

Valid BC Driver’s License.

Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Registration with Provincial licensing/governing body of profession if applicable.

Knowledge & Abilities Broad knowledge of children and youth mental health resources and other children and youth community service providers.

Strong understanding of aboriginal cultures and a broad-based knowledge of Aboriginal heling modalities, practices, and ceremonies.

Broad-based Knowledge of the family and social issues facing Aboriginal youth today, including the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system.

Broad-based knowledge of youth resources in Vancovuer, including Aboriginal health , social and community services.

Broad knowledge of the normal growth and development of children and youth.

Broad knowledge of psychoeducation and counselling skills.

Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment, substance abuse and addictions treatment.

Broad knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to the client.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with Aboriginal children and youth, and their families, educational personnel, Aboriginal service providers, colleagues, physician, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.

Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.

Demonstrated ability to provide psychoeducation, intervention, family sessions, and parent groups that is sensitive to Aboriginal culture.

Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.

Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.

Demonstrated ability to problem solve.

Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.

Ability to operate related equipment.

Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents.

At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and ”going first” when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families.

We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to delivering exceptional care and building a great place to work.

At VCH, we value and accommodate unique differences to ensure that our staff and medical staff (both current and prospective) have the opportunity and are supported to thrive.

To build a strong and representative workforce, we are seeking candidates who will contribute to a caring and inclusive culture.

We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C.

Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process .

Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions.

Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate.

Seniority will not apply.

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.