Note: Term, Full-time (10 months with possibility of extension)
The Mental Wellness Counsellor works within an integrated, multi-disciplinary Health team to provide prevention, assessment, referral, clinical counselling and follow-up services to Tsleil-Waututh (TWN) individuals and family members affected by mental health and substance use issues. Reporting to the Health Director, the Mental Wellness Counsellor provides counselling and support to individuals and families experiencing mental health and addictions. Specifically, engaging Tsleil-Waututh membership in culturally competent, trauma informed, programs and services. This may include confidential individual, family or group counselling about the causes and effect of mental health disorders and/or addictions, support for families dealing with mental health disorders and/or addictions and/or referrals for additional treatment.The Mental Wellness Counsellor will also provide education to individuals and groups in the community with a focus on mental health and addiction related topics, such as suicide prevention, substance use, anxiety and depression, and the inter-generational impacts of Residential schools. The Mental Wellness Counsellor will be familiar with other services and resources in the community and work closely to provide information and support when required.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide mental wellness and addiction counselling and support to individuals, families and groups in the community:
- Provide mental health counselling regarding the cause, symptoms and prevention strategies of various mental health diagnoses
- Provide counselling regarding the use and effects of alcohol and drugs
- Prepare needs and risk assessments
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of crisis management and the impact of trauma on mental health and addiction issues
- Provide outreach counselling in the community
- Accept and make referrals to outside agencies
- Maintain strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all clients, conversations and referrals
- Utilize the Electronic Management Record system to document all client encounters in a timely manner
- Coordinate and facilitate educational workshops on mental health and addiction related topics
- Prepare funding proposals, reports and evaluation for mental health and addiction programs and initiatives, as requested
- Develop promotional materials and information for health promotion initiatives
- Actively participate on TWN Health program committees
- Bachelor’s Degree in health or social science field; Post-graduate Degree in progress
- Regulated Health Professional (eg, Counselling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing) in good standing with applicable college.
- Valid British Columbia driver’s license and use of own vehicle
- Must provide a Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector screening
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Cross cultural sensitivity
- Advocacy skills
- Mental Wellness program development and design
- Strong interpersonal skills to work with diverse client groups
- Effective listening, observation and facilitation skills to effectively assess clients and provide appropriate treatment and consultation
- Strong mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills to respond or assist in emergency situations
- Strong collaboration skills to manage service delivery in conjunction with case managers, clients, their family members/caregivers and other health care professionals
- Ability to deal with demanding interpersonal situations and respond with good judgment and understanding
- Ability to communicate information effectively through a variety of means including meetings, reports, letters and presentations
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and make independent decisions.
- Ability to think critically, and be innovative to create/modify strategy or intervention techniques to suet the individual needs of clients.
- Preference to those that self-identify as First Nation
- Minimum of two years’ experience working with people struggling with mental health and/or addiction problems
- Practice from a harm reduction, strength based philosophy
- Trauma informed applied practice
- Comprehensive knowledge of client centered mental health and addictions interventions, practice methods and professional skills
- Knowledge of First Nation community resources, treatment centres, social service networks and organizations
- Knowledge of funding agencies available to assist clients in accessing needed support services and community resources; experience providing direct supervision
- Working knowledge of computer software (email, internet) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook), and Electronic Management Record systems (OSCAR).
- May be required to work some evenings and some weekends
WHY WORK FOR TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATION?
Training and career development
Business casual office
Community fitness & gym access