Vancouver Coastal Health

Mental Health & Addictions Worker 2 - Community

Job Description

Job Title: Mental Health & Addictions Worker 2 - Community
Work Site: Community Transition Support, Powell River Mental Health - Powell River, BC
Status: Casual
Start Date:

As soon as possible

Salary: $26.42 - $28.63 per hour
Hours: Various
Reference#: 152599-atr


Come work as a Mental Health & Addictions Worker with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a graduate of a Community Social Services Diploma Program or a Mental Health Worker Program to join the Powell River Mental Health team. Apply today to join our team!


As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order) as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


As a Mental Health & Addictions Worker at Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Work with individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illness.
  • Participate in case planning with clients, and interview clients to identify problems and needs.
  • Work with clients and the Mental Health & Addictions team to develop a treatment care plan that emphasizes self-management strategies.
  • Act as an advocate to assist clients in resolving conflicts and other problems with external organizations.
  • Observe client’s behaviour and symptoms, provide feedback regarding client’s needs, performance and progress.
  • Provide supportive counselling, demonstrations, and behavioural management to assist with the development of physical, social, emotional and life skills.



Education & Experience

  • Diploma in Community Social Service or completion of Mental Health Worker program plus two (2) years recent, related experience working with individuals with severe and persistent psychiatric illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.
  • Valid CPR and First Aid certificates.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act as it applies to the rights and obligations of clients and staff.
  • Knowledge of psychiatric medications and their side effects.
  • Ability to demonstrate and assist clients with activities of daily living.
  • Ability to take and record temperature, pulse and respiration on clients.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and provide crisis intervention.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written form (English).
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize.
  • Ability to observe and recognize changes in clients.
  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with residents.
  • Ability to analyze, make decisions, and resolve problems.
  • Ability to instruct.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out duties of the position.

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.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. 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. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

  • Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
  • Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
  • Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
  • Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
  • Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.

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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