Concurrent Wellness Specialist

Job No: SN190516
Location: Squamish, BC


CLOSES:  JUNE 21, 2019 11:30 PST

  • Help make a difference to the Squamish First Nations community
  • Enjoy a competitive salary, plus comprehensive benefits and pension plan

About the Squamish Nation

Squamish Nation consists of 23 villages and is comprised of descendants of the Coast Salish Aboriginal people who live in the present day Greater Vancouver area, Gibson’s Landing, and Squamish River watershed. The Squamish Nation has occupied and governed the territory since beyond recorded history. The Squamish Nation's culture is rich and resilient. We continue to practice our customs and traditions, which are strongly interconnected with our traditional territory.  Together with our lands, our customs and traditions are the foundations of who we are as Skwxwú7mesh.

About the Opportunity

We have a great opportunity for a Concurrent Wellness Specialist to join our dynamic and progressive First Nations government in Squamish, BC

Reporting to the Manager, Community Health and Wellness, the concurrent wellness specialist is an experienced clinician who manages a designated client caseload. The position provides specialized assessments of clients with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. This front-line position requires the provision of counselling, triage, treatment planning, prevention strategies, case formulation, etc. for concurrent disorders.  The incumbent must be flexible, creative, and passionate with a holistic approach to their work. This position also consist of client advocacy and referrals to other clinical specialists or community services.  The incumbent works collaboratively with the team, in the community and with external partners.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:

  • Completes clinical assessments, treatment planning, concurrent screening, case formulation, goal setting, progress evaluation, prevention strategies and if required the sources alternative or traditional healing methods for community members.
  • Provides education and short-term individual/ group therapy maintaining non-judgmental support relationships with clients including harm reduction approaches and cultural safety.
  • Provide intake for mental health and substance use, developing a Wellness Plan with community members.
  • Provides crisis counselling and consultation, including suicide risk assessment, family assessment and mental health assessment related to trauma, substance use and bereavement.
  • Develops, implements and participates in education services related to mental health and concurrent disorders.
  • Maintains accurate documentation regarding programming and client records through the Electronic Medical Records. Documenting all community member information while maintaining strict confidentiality and privacy of information.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships with other healthcare/ community agencies and individuals.
  • Contributes to team building, program building, and policy development by participating in regular team meetings.
  • Works collaboratively with other health departments including Primary Care physicians, other referral sources, and provides treatment planning information.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary case management meetings for management of client mental health issues.
  • Reports any challenges, barriers, service gaps and program development to the Community Health and Wellness Manager.
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills within the clinical field.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Community Health & Wellness and Yúustway Health, Wellness & Recreation teams.

The Ideal Candidate 

The successful candidate will have:

  • Master's Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution specializing in an allied health discipline i.e. counselling, Social Work, psychology, or related field.
  • Minimum of three years of recent directly-related clinical experience, in the majority of duties in the job description including concurrent disorder, substance use, and mental health program providing therapeutic counselling, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to prevention and awareness, mental health, child and family welfare, sexual abuse trauma, counseling, and addictions, etc.
  • Knowledge of computer-based data management programs and information systems, as well as medical records and point-of-interview technology.
  • Experience as an intermediate level user of the Internet, Microsoft Office Applications i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Experience in working with First Nations communities is an asset.
  • Able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Must be able to travel. Required to travel to North Vancouver office 1 day per week.
  • Must have reliable vehicle/insurance and valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.
  • May be willing to consider a Bachelors Degree from a recognized post-secondary institution specializing in an allied health discipline i.e. counselling, Social Work, psychology, or related field. Plus a minimum of five years of recent directly-related clinical experience, in the majority of specialties listed above.

The above requirements are what Squamish Nation is seeking in the ideal incumbent at the time of posting and are subject to change, based on the needs of Squamish Nation.



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