• Child & Youth Hospital Liaison

  • Job Description

    Job Title: Child & Youth Hospital Liaison
    Work Site: Squamish Mental Health (travel to Whistler/Pemberton)
    Status: Regular Full Time
    Start Date: As soon as possible
    Salary: $33.59 - $41.89 per hour
    Hours: 0830 - 1630 Monday to Friday
    Reference#: 112566-mhs


    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, works as part of a multidisciplinary community team, provides case consultation and treatment/discharge planning for children and youth with mental health or substance misuse issues within acute hospital wards. Provides clinical services to children, youth and families, documents records of communication and client contact and provides outpatient counselling services. Liaises with and coordinates information exchange with community health care agencies, provides consultation to acute care services staff and performs short term clinical bridging support to community agencies. Participates in committees, community initiatives, team meetings, continuing education and engages in on going team planning and quality improvement initiatives.


    Education & Experience

    • Master’s degree in a related, regulated health science discipline.
    • Three (3) years’ recent related experience working with children and youth with mental health and/or addiction issues in a health care 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, Skills & Abilities

    • Knowledge of emergency mental health and crisis stabilization.
    • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
    • Knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
    • Knowledge of DSM IV Diagnostic Classification System, mental status examination and case formulation.
    • Knowledge of other facilities and community resources.
    • Knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side effects).
    • Knowledge of infectious and chronic disease management.
    • Knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client care, including the BC Mental Health Act.
    • Ability to conduct mental health and addiction assessments and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients and their families and health care staff.
    • Ability to prioritize, take initiative, be flexible, work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
    • Ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behavior.
    • Ability to assess client responses to care, and to respond appropriately.
    • Ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
    • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
    • De-escalation and conflict resolution skills.
    • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
    • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
    • Ability to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.

    Please Note: Travel required to Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton sites. Position is a liaison role with various community agencies.

    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 staffpostings.vch.ca 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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