Vancouver Coastal Health

  • Group Therapist/Suicide Intervention Counsellor

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Group Therapist/Suicide Intervention Counsellor
    Work Site: Joseph & Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre
    Status: Regular Full Time 
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $33.01 - $41.16 per hour
    Hours: 0700-1500/0800-1600/0900-1700/1000-1800/1100-1900/1200-2000
    Reference#: 109044-slo


    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, you'll work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide group therapy and psycho-education according to a variety of theoretical models based on target group.


    In this diverse and rewarding role, you will:

    • Review referrals to group therapy, using interview and questionnaires to ensure suitability for treatment;
    • Implement client outcome measures and group therapy evaluations to evaluate program and identify opportunities for change;
    • Establish, maintain, and enhance therapeutic relationships based on respect for the client seeking an understanding of the client’s perspective, learning needs and readiness to learn;
    • Provide crisis intervention, suicide bereavement counselling and therapy to people who are in suicidal crisis, have attempted suicide, those concerned about a loved one who is suicidal and those bereaved by a suicide death;
    • Initiate contact with suicide attempt/suicide risk clients;
    • Provide treatment services and education to families of suicide victims;
    • Aid client access to therapy services and provides input into care plans; and,
    • Consult, confer and collaborate with multidisciplinary team members, educational resources and other health care professionals/providers to achieve excellence in health services and education.

    Please note - This position has weekend and evening work as operationally required



    Education & Experience

    • Master's degree in Social Work, Clinical Counselling, Counselling Psychology or other relevant health related discipline.
    • Three (3) years recent related clinical experience providing group or individual psychotherapy to clients who have a variety of mental health disorders, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, concurrent disorders, suicidality, bereavement by suicide, and suicide prevention using a variety of theoretical approaches including dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive behavior therapy or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
    • Registration with applicable College/governing body as appropriate. 

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

    • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
    • Comprehensive theoretical knowledge and clinical understanding of group dynamics and processes.
    • Knowledge of mental illness and treatment.
    • Knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
    • Knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills, and psychoeducation.
    • Knowledge of DSM 5 Diagnostic Classification System, the mental status examination, and case formulation.
    • Knowledge of legislation, government policies and procedures that relate to the patient.
    • Knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in healthcare.
    • Working knowledge of crisis intervention and community resources.
    • Demonstrated assessment, individual and group psychotherapy, and case coordination skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
    • Demonstrated ability to apply a variety of theoretical models to practice in facilitating groups.
    • Demonstrated ability to plan & facilitate educational workshops for a diverse range of audiences
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
    • Demonstrated communication skills together with a client-centered approach to people experiencing problems in living including anxiety, depression, life-threatening stresses including trauma, suffering grief or loss through the suicide of a loved one.
    • Sound interpersonal skills.
    • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
    • Ability to work well under stress, show maturity, and good judgement.
    • Ability to deal effectively and appropriately with a variety of critical situations involving suicidal behaviour or crisis.
    • Ability to communicate effectively and to exercise tact and good judgement.
    • Ability to prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, work independently, and use a cooperative approach to program delivery.
    • Willingness to work with a culturally diverse population is required.
    • Computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, internet, and email.
    • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job.


    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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