Youth Addictions Outreach Worker June 2016

Job Description: 

Reporting to and working under the clinical supervision of the Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator, the Youth Addictions Outreach Worker is responsible for providing addictions prevention and referral services for Snuneymuxw First Nation community youth.

Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
1. Assists youth ages 10-30 years to identify, understand and overcome addictions issues and achieve personal self-care objectives through community-based, culturally sensitive counseling support and treatment referral.
2. Assesses urgency and risk of harm to self or others; intervenes to reduce risk and develops and implements care plans from utilizing interventions/ formats that include, but are not limited to, client-focused, harm reduction activities and supports.
3. Refers youth who require addictions treatment to residential addictions treatment programs, including the completion of assessment packages prescribed by Treatment Centres.
4. Provides aftercare and follow up support, following in-patient treatment for addictions treatment; this may also include regular checks with youth and on-going support.
5. Maintains adequate records, client case notes, treatment records, referral letters and other documentation as required by the Addictions counselor in the format set out by the Health Centre policy.
6. Works in partnership with Health Centre team members and others in providing educational sessions to community members to support healthy lifestyles and enhanced quality of life within the family and the community.
7. Participates in Mental Health program evaluation, data collection activities and other program design and delivery initiatives; evaluates therapeutic counseling and therapeutic outcomes to determine the best service for clients.
8. Performs other related duties as identified by the Mental Health and Addictions Coordinator.

Required Qualifications:
• A minimum of a social services diploma related to counseling and or child and youth care.
• At least two (2) years’ experience in addictions work in a First Nation community or with an Aboriginal agency or treatment center.

Job Skills and Abilities:
• Knowledge of the root causes of addictive behavior and trauma amongst Aboriginal people, including colonization, poverty, residential schools and other mental health determinants.
• Knowledge of Coast Salish cultural protocols/traditional practices is essential.
• Knowledge of the developmental ages and stages of youth and the impact of addictions
• Knowledge of different referral agencies/services available within British Columbia (and First Nations communities) including Aboriginal addictions treatment centers and detoxification services for youth.
• Excellent presentation, written and active listening skills.
• Strong interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective and efficient working relationships with youth, parents, staff and community agencies/representatives.
• Willingness to work in the evenings and weekends in an outreach capacity.
• Demonstrated ability to use software applications and clinical information system (preferably PROFILE).

Please submit your current resume and cover letter by June 28, 2016 to:

Snuneymuxw First Nation
Health Department
668 Centre Street, Nanaimo, BC, V9R 4Z4
Fax: Fax: 250-753-5221

For more information contact Chris Leischner at 250 740-2337

Please note. Only those applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Job Type: 
Employment (Part Time)