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Prevention Specialist

Prevention Specialist

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Job Title: Prevention Specialist
Work Site:

SACY Leadership & Resiliency Program (LRP) - Vancouver, BC

Status: Temporary Full Time - Other Relief
Start Date: As soon as possible until approximately May 2019 or return of incumbent
Salary: $29.48 - $36.75 per hour

0800 to 1600 ; 0900 to 1700; Shift times may vary;

Days off may vary due to adventure activities being scheduled on the weekends

Reference#: 102652-rle


The SACY Leadership and Resiliency program (LRP) is a youth leadership and engagement program serving late elementary and early secondary school youth in Vancouver. The program is open to youth attending the schools where the program operates, with priority given to youth who could benefit from increased connection to peers, adults, school and community.


Within the context of a client and family centered care model and in accordance with established vision and values of the organization, the Prevention Specialist plans and implements proactive approaches for harm prevention and health promotion services to designated clients within the applicable program. Identifies populations in need of prevention services within the community; utilizes a health promotion and prevention planning model, liaises with members of the public and community agencies involved with targeted high risk populations. Delivers specific courses/programs to meet identified client or group needs; presents educational programs and provides advice to community professionals, groups or individuals. Provides life skills training to clients and groups. Provides screening and brief intervention counseling services to youth, families, adults and groups.


Plans and implement group therapeutic interventions that include recreational and adventure based program activities in accordance with established program objectives and goals. Leads and participates in program activities such as backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, hiking and rock climbing to strengthen clients’ self-esteem, facilitate opportunities for personal growth and foster development of healthy peer relationships among designated clients within the applicable program, using experiential learning based activities to forge positive changes in communication between clients and their families.


Education & Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in a Social or Behavioural Science from a recognized program.
  • Two (2) years recent related experience providing prevention services and support, counseling/treatment and health promotion and/or harm prevention to the designated client population.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle.

This posting has been posted internally and externally concurrently. The Internal competition closes March 8, 2018.  External applicants will be considered after internals.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of and commitment to strengths-based, client-centred counselling practice.
  • Knowledge of community development, community health agencies and services.
  • Knowledge of the range of treatment options and modalities for treatment and services for the designated client population. 
  • Knowledge of solutions and strategies to reduce various barriers to care for the designated client population.
  • Knowledge of facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability to work competently with the designated program/client population.
  • Knowledge of health inequities faced by designated client population.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain supportive, trusting and professional relationships with youth and families.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. 
  • Demonstrative ability to prepare and maintain a variety of charts, records and reports 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize workload and adapt to a changing community.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and deliver in-service education sessions to lay and professional groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform a range of needs assessments with both individuals/groups.
  • Demonstrated ability in developing and implementing health promotion and prevention programs.

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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