Full time– 35hr/wk
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is seeking an organized person for the Mental Health Support Worker position. As part of a multi-disciplinary team, the Mental Health Support Worker provides a range of mental health education to community members, including individuals, families and groups within a First Nations cultural and socioeconomic setting. Education service areas may include trauma, anger, spirituality, parenting, abuse, confusion, stress, grief, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, dissociation, substance abuse and addiction issues.
Gathers information about and maintains a waitlist when service demands exceed resources.
Contact clients to inform them if they have been placed on the waitlist. Crisis/emergent clients will not be waitlisted.
Maintain regular contact with clients on the waitlist to monitor for changes in problem severity and to facilitate waitlist management.
Identifies, assesses and monitors client’s needs in conjunction with parents/caregivers and/or other service providers (e.g., CYMH Therapist, MCFD, school, etc.).
Interviews clients and their parent(s)/caregiver(s) and other relevant/involved professionals to gather case history information. Identifies areas of concern to be addressed by counselling. Assists therapists in carrying out, monitoring, and evaluating treatment relative to counselling support and education.
Develops and implements counselling plans and programs necessary to meet client goals and objectives. Provides individual and group counselling interventions using counselling techniques depending on client or family needs.
Provides follow-up support to clients after the end of treatment. Monitors and evaluates client’s functioning and interaction with family and friends and in the community. Collaborates with professionals involved with the client’s case.
Collaborates with and refers to other professionals where further evaluation or more intensive treatment is required (e.g., mental health therapist, psychiatrist, or psychologist, etc.).
Maintains knowledge of community resources and provides appropriate referrals to clients to meet their needs.
Organizes and facilitates support groups in program areas for clients and/or their families as required.
Collaborates with professionals involved with specific cases (i.e., social workers, probation officers, etc.).
Provides required reports on the client’s behaviour and progress. Maintains client records indicating the nature and time duration of treatment.
Participates in staff training sessions and public education forums, seminars and conferences relevant to specific program areas. Engages in prevention activities by networking, consultation, and public relations as needed.
Provide mental health prevention and awareness workshops to the client communities and service providers in health, education, social services, and other relevant services.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
Degree in Social Work or comparable field with strong clinical skills.
Registered or eligible to be registered with their respective professional bodies.
Two years of related experience with responsibility for providing a range of community based mental health services.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of First Nations culture and traditions (specifically Carrier and Sekani).
Adaptability skills –Adapts to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands and is able to deal with frequent changes, delays or unexpected events.
Dependability – Consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
Interpersonal skills- Maintains confidentiality, remains open to other’s ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
Relationship building skills – Develops strong, cooperative relationships with internal and external partners, customers, clients and colleagues to build long term relationships that foster collaboration and partnership.
Planning/organizing skills – Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realist action plans.
Professionalism – Tactfully approaches others, reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level.
Oral communication skills – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.
Written communication skills– Edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
Ability to administer and appropriately score mental health-related test instruments, conduct suicide assessments and crisis intervention.
Ability to facilitate learning based on learner’s age, education level, and need or readiness to learn in either one-on-one or group settings.
Working/ Special Conditions
Some computer work and typing requiring sitting and using office equipment.
Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs.
This position routinely deals with a high degree of stress due to the complexity of issues, time pressure for decision making, unforeseen circumstances, changing priorities and uncertainty.
May be required to work evenings/weekends.
Exposure to regular travel to remote locations and overnight travel may be required.
Initial and on-going employment is subject to the submission of a clear Criminal Record check. Criminal Record Check must be conducted every three years.
Must possess a valid class 5 driver’s license
In accordance with Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates with Aboriginal Ancestry.
Deadline to apply: June 25, 2020, by 4:30 pm. Please submit a cover letter and resume.
We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.