Mental Wellness Clinician
The Musqueam people have lived in our present location for thousands of years. Our traditional territory once occupied much of what is now Vancouver and surrounding areas. The name Musqueam relates back to the flowering plant, məθkʷəy̓, which grows in the Fraser River estuary. There is a story that has been passed on from generation to generation that explains how we became known as the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) – People of the məθkʷəy̓ plant. Although a metropolitan city has developed in the heart of Musqueam territory, our community maintains strong cultural and traditional beliefs. Today our population flourishes and we are a strong community of over thousand members. To learn more about Musqueam, please visit www.musqueam.bc.ca.
The Mental Health Team Leader will provide assessment, referral and community mental health counselling services; mental health education; coordinate other community mental health services to community members. As well, the Team Leader will supervise a small team of staff, part-time workers, contractors and volunteers who provide mental health services through the Health Centre.
- To use culturally safe counselling and interviewing techniques to obtain case history and background information to identify symptoms, causes, disclosures of incidents and assess appropriate treatment and referral;
- To establish goal and action plans which will progress the client towards wellness;
- To record and prepare assessment reports accordingly;
- To provide referral services to community and regional resources.
- Provide crisis intervention counselling and referrals as necessary;
- To counsel and provide assistance to clients to meet their individual needs and facilitate their process towards wellness;
- To provide follow-up services to ensure clients are progressing satisfactorily and are receiving the necessary supports needs;
- To organize and facilitate therapeutic support groups;
- To liaison and consult with other social service providers and family members when appropriate;
- To recognize and engage in relapse prevention.
Supervision and Coordination
- To develop effective programming and strategies to tackle the top four identified mental health issues facing the community: A/D, family violence, sexual assault/abuse and depression
- To supervise FTEs in the Mental Health Department, including an A/D Counsellor and Life skills workers
- Supervision to include: hiring, performance management including discipline and termination.
- To coordinate with other social service workers internally and externally to implement appropriate workshops, education programs and grief and healing programs, as deemed necessary;
- To educate the public about counterproductive attitudes and the stigma associated with mental illness;
- To advocate for those with mental illness to ensure physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs are provided for;
- To engage in community development projects to facilitate healing and growth and to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of mental health programs.
Qualifications & Education
- Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or related degree
- 5 years experience in providing mental health/addictions counselling services
- 2 years experience supervising a mental health department
- Professional counselling certification
- Valid driver’s license
- Experience with and / or knowledge of First Nations culture is an asset
- Previous work experience in assessment, individual and group counselling in First Nations settings
- Clinical counselling supervisory experience
- Excellent written and verbal skills
- Strong problem solving skills
- Strong community program referral knowledge
- Excellent ability to establish rapport and trust
- Strong teamwork abilities
- Time management skills
- High personal and professional standards
- Provide professional counselling support to staff members on request from the staff member
- Ability to provide reports and mental health stats on a regular basis
- Familiarity with First Nations culture, especially in relation to treatment and healing
- The successful applicant must pass a criminal record check.
Please email cover letter and resume to: [email protected]
And reference “Traditional Wellness Worker last name, first name” on the subject line
Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
Position will remain open until filled.
* We thank all those who apply, however, only those short-listed will be