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Youth Clinician � Mental Health & Addictions

Youth Clinician � Mental Health & Addictions

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Vancouver Coastal Health is world renowned for innovation and a focus on quality care and outcomes. The remarkable range of specialties places VCH at the forefront of career destinations for Nurses, Sonographers, Social Workers, Physiotherapists, Mental Health professionals and many other health care and allied professionals. Launch an exciting career with us where you can apply your skills and develop new ones alongside some of Canada's finest practitioners. Come for the job. Stay for the team.

Job Title: Youth Clinician - Mental Health & Addictions
Work Site: MH Child & Adolescent Program - North Shore
Status: Temporary Full Time - End Date: July 2018 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $33.01 - $41.16 per hour
Hours: Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri 9 to 5 PM, shift - maximum two Monday nights 1 to 8 PM
Reference#: 095883-tbo


Within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, and vision and values of the organization, 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.


  • 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.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.



  • 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.

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.

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