Vancouver Coastal Health

Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions

Job Description

Job Title: Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions
Work Site: Adult Mental Health, Sunshine Coast Mental Health - Sechelt, BC
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $35.65 - $44.56 per hour


Days off: Saturday and Sunday

Reference#: 163457-awu


Come work as a Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Youth Clinician to join the Adult Mental Health team at Sunshine Coast Mental Health, Sechelt, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Provides services to children, youth and families including comprehensive psychosocial assessments and individual, group and family counselling.
  • Develops, implements and adjusts individualized treatment plans for youth with substance misuse issues and who often have mental health issues; establishes trust with youth and engages them at their level of readiness for change.
  • Provides screening and referral services including psychoeducation, family sessions and parent groups; determines appropriateness of request, client eligibility and availability of resources.
  • Collaborates and consults with colleagues, school personnel consultative services and others, attends and participates in meetings, develops linkages with other facilities, agencies and support groups, and participates in quality improvement initiatives.



The District Municipality of Sechelt is located on the lower Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, approximately 50 km northwest of Vancouver. It is accessible from the mainland by a 40-minute ferry trip between Horseshoe Bay and Langdale, followed by a 25-minute drive along Highway 101, also known as the Sunshine Coast Highway. This charming seaside community is known for its natural beauty and is a popular destination for outdoor activities including sightseeing, boating, diving, camping and mountain biking. There are also several municipal parks, plenty of eateries, locally owned shops, boutiques and galleries, and a golf course. Imagine a lifestyle where you are only a short walk or bike ride to work, you go home for lunch and you are home again in time for an activity or go for a hike AND watch the sunset - all before dinner. That is what Sechelt has to offer you!



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.

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.


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.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers in 2022.

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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