Vancouver Coastal Health

Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions

Job Description

Job Title: Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions

Work Site:

Additional Sites:

Mental Health Adult, Whistler Health Unit - Whistler, BC

Sites in Pemberton, BC


Temporary Full Time

(Potential for remote work one day per week)

Start Date: Approximately August 2020 until July 2021
Salary: $34.95 - $43.58 per hour

0830-1630. Hours may vary based on operational needs (ex. occasional evening presentations)

Days off: Saturday, Sunday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 128119-rro


Come work as a Youth Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Youth Clinician to join the Adult Mental Health team with the Whistler Health Unit. This position may also work in sites in Pemberton, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Youth Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Provide services to children, youth and families including comprehensive psychosocial assessments and individual, group and family counselling.
  • Develop, implement and adjust individualized treatment plans for youth with substance misuse issues and who often have mental health issues; establish trust with youth and engage them at their level of readiness for change.
  • Provide screening and referral services including psychoeducation, family sessions and parent groups; determine appropriateness of request, client eligibility and availability of resources.
  • Collaborate and consult with colleagues, school personnel consultative services and others.
  • Attend and participate in meetings, develop linkages with other facilities, agencies and support groups, and participate in quality improvement initiatives.


Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents living in Vancouver, Vancouver's North Shore, Richmond, the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast, and the Central Coast (Bella Bella and Bella Coola.) 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. At our core, we are a people-focused organization where entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, and opportunity exists for all those who see themselves in the transformation of health care as we know it.



Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Behavioural Sciences or Social Work.
  • Three (3) years’ recent, related experience providing counselling services including two (2) years’ providing professional services to youth with mental health and addictions issues, or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Comprehensive understanding of child and youth mental health and addictions issues.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health and addictions services and treatment protocols based on bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to client care
  • Broad knowledge of bio-psycho-social-spiritual issues that may occur in response to changing mental health and addictions needs.
  • Knowledge of Early Psychosis Intervention, Attachment Theory and Crisis Intervention and family systems theory.
  • Broad knowledge of the normal growth and development of youth.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of school, and legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.
  • Knowledge of First Nations issues with respect to youth addiction and protocols for working with First Nations Communities
  • Knowledge of School and School District policy around care of students and the responsibility of the Principal (fair and just parent role)
  • Demonstrated ability to perform psychosocial assessments and provide treatment planning and care.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct risk assessments and provide treatment planning for youth with complex mental health and addiction issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish programming to assist youth with accessing school and work opportunities using a rehabilitative approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with children and youth, and their families, educational personnel, 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 an interdisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation and crisis intervention.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate 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.

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.


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