National Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program Worker
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 River Grass, the name of the grass is məθkʷəy̓. 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 River Grass.
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.
Musqueam Indian Band has an opportunity for an experienced National Native Alcohol & Drug Awareness Program (NNADAP) Worker. This is a full-time position to cover an undetermined leave of absence. The NNADAP Worker provides counselling and activities that support individuals and families dealing with alcohol and drug dependency and its related issues. This will include community outreach, presentations and workshops, creating activities and programs, assessments and referrals.
This position is responsible for the development, maintenance and coordination of a Drug and Alcohol activities and awareness program. As a NNADAP Worker, the incumbent assesses and refers individuals for drug and alcohol treatment, makes home and medical facilities visits, and coordinates, prepares and presents workshops to the Band membership.
The NNADAP Worker provides the Musqueam Indian Band with a preventive health program to deal with alcohol and drug issues and dependency. The incumbent meets with clients (and when appropriate their families), assesses their needs, and makes referrals to outside agencies and/or treatment centres. The NNADAP Worker makes home and occasional institutional visits to provide support for the client Band members. The actions and decisions made by the incumbent have a broad, and in some cases life-long effect on their clients, the families, and the community.
The NNADAP Worker works with the clients and their families to educate and assist them in coping with the dependency problem. The NNADAP Worker may encounter high emotional resistance or adverse reactions to their intervention requiring the use of tact and diplomacy and a high level of professionalism to defuse highly charged situations. The incumbent of this position is also required to prepare and present educational, informational workshops on drug and alcohol issues, dependencies and treatment to community groups.
The NNADAP Worker must develop multiple strategies to deal with the continually changing circumstances of the clients. In order to do so, the incumbent must keep up-to-date on the latest developments in methods of treatment, the changing drug scene, and changes to treatment availabilities. The position requires sensitivity and understanding of the social and cultural history of the Band. In particular, the incumbent must deal with the issues in the context of the long-term effects of the segregationist systems of Residential Schools and Reserves.
The successful applicant will have completed a Post-Secondary degree or certificate in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology or Nursing and have a minimum of 2 years related experience, or an equivalent combination of skills, knowledge, and experience. Experience in delivering services in a First Nations environment is preferred. This position is subject to on-going funding.
- Develops and maintains a drug and alcohol counselling program
- Maintains a statistical base on program delivery
- Prepares and delivers reports on program status and community trends
- Plans and coordinates workshops and presentations for the community on drug and alcohol education, awareness and abuse
- Supports and assists Band members dealing with drug and alcohol and chemical dependency issues
- Assesses clients and makes necessary referrals to treatment centres or outside agencies
- Maintains accurate and confidential records relating to individual clients
- Communicates with clients and their family members on treatment plans or programs, and with community groups on treatment programs
- Attend various community functions
- Develops and maintains effective working relationships with Band members, colleagues, and outside agencies
- Provide orientation and guidance to volunteers and coworkers on a routine basis
- The NNADAP Worker is responsible for being aware of band and community members and their well-being at treatment, as well as being self-aware of hazardous situations
- Performs other duties as required
The work requires the following knowledge, skill and/or abilities:
- Skill and knowledge usually attained by successful completion of a Post-Secondary degree or certificate in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, or Nursing; strong knowledge of the problems of drug and alcohol dependencies and their treatment gained through the appropriate level of education and at least two years’ experience in the field; or an equivalent combination of skill, knowledge, and experience
- Working knowledge of traditional healing methods used by First Nations people; awareness of methods of dealing with post-traumatic stress; and community resources available to clients
- Knowledge and experience of similar program delivery in the context of Musqueam or First Nations culture and history
- Knowledge of community resources available to clients and their families
- Ability to use tact and good judgment in dealing with sensitive and complex issues
- The NNADAP Worker must have strong written and verbal communication skills
- In order to deal with the highly emotional issues involved the incumbent is required to have some counselling skills and strong conflict resolution skills
- The sensitive nature of the work requires the NNADAP Worker to have the ability to maintain the confidentiality of client information
- The position requires the ability to research and develop local programs to deal with drug and alcohol education, awareness and dependency; identify local trends; and write reports and recommendations on assessments, program status, and client progress
- The incumbent requires skill in the preparation and presentation of workshops and information seminars in order to garner client and community support
- A good knowledge of the social services systems, the educational system, the courts and penal system is essential for the NNADAP Worker to be successful in the delivery of service to the Band. Likewise, a good knowledge of the social and cultural outcomes of the Residential School and Reserve system is required
- Ability to drive and provide a licensed vehicle for work purposes
- Must be addiction free
Please email a cover letter and resume to Musqueam Indian Band, HR at:
Please write “NNADAP” on the subject line.
Position will remain open until filled.
Applicants of Musqueam and/or Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply.
We thank all applicants for expressing interest in this position, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.