North Vancouver

Health Department

Term, Full-time (6 months w/ possibility of extension)


The Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior 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 Senior Mental Wellness Counsellor will be familiar with other services and resources in the community and work closely to provide information and support when required. Finally, Senior Mental Wellness Counsellor will provide clinical and day to day supervision to Mental Wellness team members in addition to supporting the Health Director in working with key partners and stakeholders in strategic planning and program development for Mental Wellness.


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

Provide mental wellness and addictions treatment (in patient) referrals:

  • Assist individuals to identify their need for treatment programs
  • Liaise with treatment programs
  • Assist clients to meet all requirements (before, during and post treatment)
  • Liaise with community agencies and supports
  • Complete treatment centre referrals
  • Complete Admission and Discharge Criteria and Assessment Tools
  • Arrange transportation for clients to and from treatment centres
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of treatment programs

Prepare, facilitate, and report on mental wellness programs and services:

  • Prepare proposals for program funding and reports to funders
  • Develop and facilitate mental health and addiction-related group counselling programs, i.e. Structured Relapse Prevention and/or Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Conduct a Needs Assessment/SWOT Analysis for proposed programs
  • Collaborate with community partners when developing programs
  • Prepare program evaluations and analyze results


  • Master’s Degree in a Health Services Science (e.g. Counselling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, or related discipline)  from a recognized program.
  • Up to date registration and in good standing with professional regulatory body
  • Minimum of five 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
  • practice methods and professional skills
  • Experience providing direct supervision


  • Cross cultural sensitivity
  • Advocacy skills
  • Staff supervisory skills (clinical and human resource)
  • 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/SDMs 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
  • Valid British Columbia driver’s license and use of own vehicle
  • Must provide a Criminal Records Check with vulnerable sector screening


  • Comprehensive knowledge of client centered mental health and addictions interventions,
  • 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;
  • Working knowledge of computer software (email, internet) and Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook), and Electronic Management Record systems (OSCAR).


Training and career development

Business casual office

Community fitness & gym access


Apply with your cover letter and resume to: or drop off at:

Tsleil-Waututh Nation – Human Resources

3178 Alder Court, North Vancouver V7H 2V6

Reference “Senior Mental Wellness Counsellor” in the subject line. Please also indicate if you are voluntarily self-identifying yourself as,

First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and if you are a TWN Member.

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