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Mental Health Clinician - Child & Youth (Aboriginal)

Mental Health Clinician - Child & Youth (Aboriginal)

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Job Title: Mental Health Clinician - Child & Youth (Aboriginal)
Work Site: Child and Youth Mental Health -  East
Status: Regular Full Time
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $33.01 - $41.16 per hour
Hours: 0900-1700hrs (7.5hrs) Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays; 1200-2000hrs (7.5hrs) Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Reference#: 106735-rle




Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Addictions Services is committed to collaborating with consumers and families to build on strengths, talents and interests in order to foster a community of hope, growth and self-determination.

Within the context of a client and family-centred Recovery model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, and vision and values of the organization, works as part of a multidisciplinary team to perform assessments, coordinate client care, and provide treatment services that are culturally appropriate for Aboriginal early-aged children (0-5 years) or youth with severe mental health issues and their families.


In this role, the Clinician:

  • Conducts psychosocial assessments on Aboriginal children experiencing severe behavioural, social, emotional disturbances and serious mental health problems;
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary team and consults with team psychologist and psychiatrists/pediatrician, develops, implements, maintains, and adjusts individualized treatment plans;
  • Provides treatment services that are sensitive to Aboriginal culture including behavioural interventions, family sessions, parent groups, psychoeducation, and individual child counselling using a combination of western and traditional aboriginal care practices and approaches, as appropriate;
  • Establishes and maintains relationships based on respect and understanding, initiates and participates in case conferences/meetings, provides support to colleagues and consultative services to children & youth services providers for continuity of care.


  • Master’s degree in Behavioural Science.
  • Three (3) years’ recent, related experience working with the designated program population (early-aged children (0-5 years) or youth) in a mental health setting or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of behavioural, social emotional and mental health/psychiatric problems in Aboriginal children and youth.
  • Broad knowledge of mental illness diagnosis and treatment, substance abuse and addictions treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counseling skills.
  • Broad knowledge of Aboriginal health, social and community services. 
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
  • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Broad knowledge of the normal growth and development of children.
  • Broad knowledge of school, legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal children and youth with behavioural, social, emotional and mental health/psychiatric issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform psychosocial assessments and provide treatment planning and care.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case coordination process.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with Aboriginal children, youth and their families, educational personnel, Aboriginal child welfare and resources social workers, other 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 a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to take clinical input and direction from a supervisor.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds and exhibits a Cross-Cultural Competency. 
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, to problem solve, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.
  • 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.

Please note:

  • 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.

VCH Employees

*** VCH Employees must apply via the internal application process using the above noted posting number. Go to 
internal job postings to apply as an Internal Applicant. VCH employees who apply to this posting will be considered external candidates and seniority will not apply.***

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