Mental Health Counsellor & Groups Facilitator
Reporting to and working under the clinical supervision of the Mental Health & Wellness Manager, the Mental Health Counsellor & Groups Facilitator is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health services for Snuneymuxw First Nation community members, in particular group counselling services. Mental health services are intended to help improve the mental health and well-being of Snuneymuxw First Nation members and the overall community.
The Mental Health Counsellor & Groups Facilitator assists individuals, groups, and families to identify, understand and overcome personal problems or trauma and achieve personal self-care objectives through community-based, culturally sensitive counseling support. Services include but are not limited to: planning and delivery of community-based mental health counseling services including addictions counseling and referral services; case management; prevention and health promotion initiatives; providing crisis response and creating/leading community groups.
This is a permanent position. Standard hours of work are 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday but occasional weekend as well as evening work may be required, based on operational needs.
The Mental Health Counsellor and Group Facilitator will be responsible for the following duties:
- Develop and implement counselling plans based on assessments utilizing interventions/formats that include, but are not limited to, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioural, family systems, harm reduction, play and/or art therapy.
- Provide aftercare and follow-up counselling, following in-patient treatment for mental health, addictions issues or trauma.
- Complete intake, client case notes/records, client counselling records, referral letters and other documentation as required in the format set out by the Health Centre policy.
- Interpret client’s assessment results and assesses urgency and risk of harm to self or others; intervenes to reduce risk.
- Explain assessment results to client and others with the client (with the client’s written consent/permission, in accordance with Health Centre policy) such as family members, legal guardians and other service providers.
- Provide counselling support related to community crisis response activities.
- Work in partnership with Health Centre team members, provide community awareness and educational workshops that arise awareness of relevant mental health and addictions issues within the community.
- Develop and/or modifies new and existing program material and resources to meet identified needs such as presentations, workshops, training programs, posters, brochures, and workbooks.
- Ensure the completion of all appropriate documentation for all mental health program services, including (but not limited to): case notes, program records and client charts; and the preparation and submission of activity reports in accordance with the requirements of the Snuneymuxw Health Centre and its funding agencies.
- Design and creates promotional and program materials.
- Provide in-service mental health and addictions training support for Health Centre team members.
- Participate in addictions and mental health program evaluation, data collection activities and other program design and delivery initiatives; evaluates therapeutic counselling and therapeutic outcomes to determine the best service to clients.
- Participate actively in Health Centre team meetings.
- Make or facilitate referrals to other agencies or services for further assessment or other follow-ups.
- Strive to meet and exceed the national standards of accreditation.
- Actively seek out and supports activities that promote client, staff, visitor, and contractor safety.
- Create, lead, and facilitate mental health related groups for all age groups.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- At least 2 years of experience in mental health or addictions counseling in a First Nation community or with an Indigenous agency.
- A minimum of 1-year related clinical experience is preferrable.
An undergraduate degree or college diploma in a social science field is required.
A master’s degree in a social science field is an asset.
A professional designation such as C.C.C., R.C.C., or R.SW is preferrable.
Completion of mental health counseling training is preferable.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of the root causes of poor mental health, addictive behavior, and trauma amongst Indigenous peoples, including colonization, poverty, residential schools, and other mental health determinants.
- Knowledge of child/adolescent and adult development, psychological/social/cognitive development.
- Knowledge of the different referral agencies/services available within British Columbia (and First Nations communities) for those individuals who require in-patient or alternative (i.e. psychiatric) assessment and care; this includes knowledge of referral routes and case management techniques.
- Knowledge of relevant legislation related to mental health and child/family services; ability to interpret and explain pertinent mental health-related policies and procedures to clients.
- Adherence to a professional Code of Ethics.
- Excellent presentation, written and active listening skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective and efficient working relationships with parents, staff and community agencies/representatives.
- Ability to work as a team member as well as to be self-directed in carrying out daily duties.
- Knowledge of Coast Salish culture protocols/traditional practices is desirable.
- Demonstrated ability to use software applications and clinical information system (preferable PROFILE).
- You are required to possess and maintain a valid class 5 BC driver’s license as well as appropriate insurance for work.
- You may be required to work additional hours, including evenings and weekends.
- You will be subject to satisfactory reference check and criminal records review.
- You must adhere to the Snuneymuxw First Nation’s policies and procedures, including providing proof of valid Covid-19 Vaccine Pass
As per policy, this position will be posted internally first for 1 week before being posted externally.