Child & Youth Mental Health Therapist

Job No: SN190621
Location: West Vancouver


CLOSES:  OCTOBER 3, 2019 11:30PM (PST)
  • Great opportunity to join the Squamish First Nations community
  • Take your career to new heights with a dynamic and progressive First Nations government


We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Child & Youth Mental Health Therapist to join our team in West Vancouver.

The purpose of this professionally accredited position is to provide counselling to youth and their families who have been referred by the Ayas Men Men Case Management Team. The incumbent will use a multidisciplinary, integrated approach, assessing and treating youth experiencing addiction and mental health disorders. Conducts comprehensive assessments, develops and implements treatment plans and follow up using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework within a chronic disease model of treatment. Carries out case management functions including case conferences, liaises with community services and other professionals involved with the youth and family. Conducts psycho-educational support and treatment groups. Advocates on behalf of the youth and family as appropriate. Knowledge of youth mental health and addiction treatment models as well as experience using evidence based therapies i.e. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is required. Must possess excellent communication and group facilitation skills.

Other responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducts interviews, counselling services, comprehensive bio-psychosocial screening, assessments and family therapy. Develops and implements treatment plans utilizing a variety of treatment approaches i.e. family therapy, individual/group psychotherapies, etc.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary case management; receiving case assignments, referrals, reviewing progress reviews, etc. Provides support services and family counselling for families and children experiencing hardship due to separation i.e. admission into care.
  • Develops individualized family care and child in care plans, identifies barriers to family unity, negotiates process’ of achieving goals with clients, makes referrals to internal and external resources, refers allegations of abuse/neglect to Manager and completes information/forms required by the Ministry of Child & Family Development.
  • Participates in case conferences, assists in alleviating community crises, renegotiates/terminates contracted services and coordinates services with the Ministry of Child & Family Development, police, SN Peacekeepers regarding protection/interventions/investigations.
  • Coordinates services with other service providers, advocating for clients/community as needed. Maintains client caseload, paperwork, records and files; monitors and evaluates progress of each case, completes progress reports, ensures all files contain clear, accurate and orderly records, and keeps statistical program records.
  • Builds relationships, promotes family therapy program awareness and represents the department. Presents information on divisional programs in a way that promotes SN culture and traditions. Maintains effective relationships with relevant government contacts and other stakeholders.
  • Adheres to workplace health & safety policies, safe work practices and procedures.
  • Participates as a member of the Family Therapy and Ayas Men Men Child & Family Services Teams.


In addition, the ideal candidate will also have: 

  • Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counselling or relevant/related field from a recognized post-secondary institution.
  • 4 – 5 years of directly-related experience in the majority of duties listed in the job description including, child psychology, counselling, family dynamics, aboriginal social issues, etc.
  • As career progresses, incumbent will be required to successfully complete job-required, short-term upgrading, training and courses relating to family and individual counselling, child care, child placement, life planning, child abuse, analyzing problems, etc.
  • Working experience with a large scale computerized database system. Experience with JD Edwards is an asset.
  • Previous experience working in a First Nations Community (particularly Squamish) is an asset.
  • Must have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 4 or 5. Class 7N may be considered.
  • Must have a reliable vehicle and current auto insurance.
  • Must be able to travel as required.
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends as required.
  • Adheres to a Professional Code of Ethics.
  • Must successfully complete Criminal Record Check with a Vulnerable Sector Search as per Squamish Nation Policy.

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.

Salary: $73,638 to $86,632, plus a comprehensive benefits program. 

If you're looking for a new opportunity to use your experience, consider joining Squamish Nation. Apply online today! 


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