Mental Health & Wellness Counsellor

Job Description: 

Reporting to and working under the clinical supervision of the Mental Health and Wellness Manager, the Mental Health & Wellness Counsellor is responsible for providing comprehensive mental health services for Snuneymuxw First Nation community members. Mental health services are intended to help improve the mental health and well-being of Snuneymuxw First Nation members and the overall community. This is a full-time, permanent position with a competitive compensation package.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Job Type: 
Employment (Full Time)
Job Responsibilities: 

The Mental Health & Wellness Counsellor will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Develop and implement counseling plans based on assessments utilizing interventions/formats that include, but are not limited to, solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, harm reduction, play and/or art therapy.
  • Provide aftercare and follow-up counseling, following in-patient treatment for mental health/addictions issues or trauma.
  • Complete intake, client case notes/records, client counseling records, referral letters and other documentation as required in the format set out by the Health Centre policy.
  • Provide counselling support related to community crisis response activities.
  • Develop and/or modify new and existing program material and resources to meet identified needs such as presentations, workshops, training programs, posters, brochures, and workbooks.
  • Provide in-service mental health and addictions training support for Health Centre team.
  • Participate in mental health program evaluation, data collection activities, and other program design and delivery initiatives; evaluates therapeutic counseling and outcomes to determine the best service for clients.
  • Actively seek out and supports activities that promote client, staff, visitor, and contractor safety.
  • Participate in the review and revision of documents such as the Privacy and Security Action Plan, PIA, and STRA.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Experience: 
  • 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.
Desired Education: 
  • 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.

  • Completion of mental health counseling training is preferable.

Additional Info: 

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).

Willingness Statements:

  • You are required to possess and maintain a valid BC driver’s license.
  • You may be required to work outside of work hours if an emergency occurs.
  • You will be subject to satisfactory reference check and Criminal Records Checks.
  • You will be required to provide copies of your professional certificates.
  • You must maintain strict confidentiality in performing the duties of the Mental Health & Wellness Counsellor and must adhere to the Snuneymuxw Health Centre Confidentiality Policy; as well as your professional Code of Ethics and accreditation standards.

Please submit your current resume and cover letter to:

Snuneymuxw First Nation; Attention: Tina-Marie Heinrich

668 Centre Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4Z4 or email: or Fax: 250-753-3492

Deadline Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021