Vancouver Coastal Health

Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor

Job Description

Job Title: Aboriginal Wellness Counsellor
Work Site: Aboriginal Wellness Program, Vancouver Community
Status: Regular Part Time (0.5 FTE)
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $34.95 - $43.58 per hour
Hours: 08:30-17:00 with Saturday, Sunday and statutory holidays off
Reference#: 116023-cye


Within the context of an Aboriginal 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 health team to provide culturally appropriate treatment and case management services for Aboriginal peoples that are both inclusionary and flexible for individuals with mental illness, addictions or concurrent disorders (i.e. addictions and mental illness) to meet the holistic needs of the client and to provide access to services and integration across the care continuum. Establishes and maintains relationships with, and consults with, clients and their families, colleagues, and the Aboriginal community to provide appropriate treatment services based on best practices, client need, and a combination of western and traditional aboriginal care practices and approaches as appropriate. Performs culturally sensitive intake; mental health and addictions assessment and treatment; assertive case treatment planning; crisis intervention; consultation; individual, couple and family counselling, and group therapy and clinical education to provide, facilitate and coordinate client access to services.


Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a Health Sciences Discipline from a recognized program supplemented with three (3) years’ experience providing treatment services to adults with mental health and/or addiction issues including two (2) years’ experience with Aboriginal community health services and health promotion issues, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Preference will be given to candidates of Aboriginal ancestry.
  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Broad knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills, with particular emphasis on evidence based interventions with trauma and attachment disruption in populations who experience historical oppression.
  • Broad Knowledge of Aboriginal healing modalities
  • Broad knowledge of social issues impacting Aboriginal people
  • Broad knowledge of Aboriginal cultures
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities, community and home support resources, and Aboriginal health, social and community services.
  • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Broad knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct culturally appropriate mental health and addiction assessments, and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply knowledge of theory and practice to a case management process.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, physicians, other health care staff, Aboriginal patients and their families, and Aboriginal service providers, either 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 work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • 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 deal with and/or guide others in resolution of conflict issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.
  • Skill in the use of equipment and in techniques appropriate to designated clinical area.
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

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.***

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