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Job Number:  38064
Young Bears Lodge Youth Care Counsellor (Relief)
Job Posted: Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Closing Date: Thursday, 12 October 2017
(40 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Casual
Location: Vancouver Salary: (not entered)

            Urban Native Youth Association

              Training the Leaders of Tomorrow


                          Employment Opportunity

                    Young Bears Lodge Youth Care Counsellor (Relief)


Young Bears Lodge (YBL) is a five-bed, live-in, traditionally and culturally-based Tier 4 youth addictions recovery program for Native youth aged 13 - 18 years, with continuous intake.   Programming strives to increase stabilization, and foster empowerment and belonging for youth within a supportive, culturally-focused environment.  YBL provides time-limited treatment in a structured, substance-free environment that blends cultural and therapeutic groups with individual programming to support youth to address their addictions through a harm-reduction and trauma-informed service model.  Over the course of 16 weeks, programming is offered in four cycles/phases which are based on cultural teachings, ceremonies and protocols.


The Youth Care Counsellor position is a front line role that supervises and supports youth to meet their care needs (meals, medications, etc.) and participate in daily programming. This position reports directly to the YBL Program Coordinator, the Intake & Referral Counsellor, and the YBL Clinical Counsellor.


Qualifications and Conditions:

  1. Must possess some post-secondary education, preferably a Substance Abuse Certificate and/or Child & Youth Care diploma, and/or relevant degree (ex: social sciences), and/or training in cultural healing practices
  2. Must possess a minimum of 1 year of experience working with Native and/or youth who are ‘at risk’ in a direct service role (ex: coach, youth worker, camp counsellor, support worker).
  3. Demonstrated experience establishing rapport and working effectively with youth, and preferably Native youth, or youth who may be overcoming substance misuse/abuse issues. Strong crisis intervention training/skills, and ability to de-escalation and mediate conflict.
  4. Demonstrated understanding of, and a willingness to participate in, Aboriginal protocols, ceremonies, and other practices. Demonstrated broad based knowledge of the family and social issues that Native youth face today, including the intergenerational impacts of the residential school system on Native families and communities.
  5. Demonstrated ability to support and co-facilitate workshops (ex: Aboriginal history, substance misuse, relapse awareness & prevention, self-esteem building, life skills, relationships, anti-violence), and supervise and ensure safety during group outings.
  6. Demonstrated working knowledge of adolescent developmental issues, substance misuse, and concurrent disorders, as well as narrative & solution-focused counselling and/or client-centered collaborative practices.
  7. Demonstrated strong written and oral communications skills – including the ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks, maintain accurate case management files, and prepare reports. Must also possess strong knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
  8. Demonstrated willingness and ability to participate in a variety of physical activities, and perform household duties such as cleaning and meal preparation.
  9. Must also demonstrate the ability to identify with the mandate, policies and procedures of the organization.
  10. Must possess current First Aid and Food Safe Certificates. A TB Skin Test is required. Must be willing to adhere to VCHA policy regarding annual flu vaccinations.
  11. Must have a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License (Class 4 a strong asset). A driving abstract will be required upon request.
  12. Must have a personal support system and self-care plan in place.
  13. Must have a criminal record check completed by and satisfactory to UNYA.
  14. Given the needs of youth accessing our services, preference will be given to qualified Aboriginal applicants.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Supervise youth residents in their day-to-day living, including establishing a trusting, non-judgmental, non-exploitative rapport with youth. Actively support residents and ensure ongoing and meaningful youth engagement in all aspects of programming.
  2. Positively participate in programming and activities in order provide a positive role model experience for youth. Work in cooperation with others to supervise and/or co-facilitate daily and weekly programming, workshops, and group outings (cultural, social, educational, and recreational) .
  3. Provide individual support and crisis response including suicide risk assessment and safety planning, conflict resolution, and basic counseling, from a trauma-informed approach. Complete required reporting, communication, follow-up, and/or external referral procedures.
  4. Ensure cultural integration in all aspects of programming while focusing on the family systems perspective, which addresses surrounding systems which either positively or negatively impact the health and wellbeing of youth.
  5. Help to develop, maintain, and promote diverse partnerships to maximize programming opportunities and supports available to youth. Assist youth in connecting to safe supportive services and programs, and facilitate their access to other cultural support in the community.
  6. Consult with youth and other appropriate individuals to identify the needs and goals of individual youth. Ensure timely review of youth files and that Care Plans are implemented effectively.  Ensure the ongoing utilization of appropriate community referral networks
  7. Maintain the day-to-day operations of YBL, including shopping, meal preparation, support, cleaning, and maintenance.
  8. Perform diverse administrative tasks, including: maintaining accurate logs and case files, compiling statistical records, and assisting in the completion of reports, as needed to support program needs and inform ongoing program assessment and evaluation.
  9. Consult with and report to Program Manager on a regular basis.
  10. Actively assist in ongoing development and review of program components. Positively address concerns, incidents or crises which may affect program mandate, UNYA policies, personal issues, community relationships, resident youth, etc.
  11. Respect and assure youth of confidentiality in the community and with other service professionals. Respect and maintain the confidentiality of staff issues within the team, with the exception of the Program Manager and VCHA Programs Administrator. 
  12. Perform other duties deemed necessary by Supervisor(s) to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operations of the program.




To Apply: Submit a cover letter (stating the position you are applying for), a resume, and contact information for (3) references via email to the attention of the YBL Program Coordinator at .  Resumes will not be reviewed without a cover letter.  No enquiries.  Only those short-listed will be contacted.

Closing date: Applications Accepted on On-going Basis






How to Apply:
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To Apply: Submit a cover letter (stating the position you are applying for), a resume, and contact information for (3) references via email to the attention of the YBL Program Coordinator at . Resumes will not be reviewed without a cover letter. No enquiries.
Contact Details:
Attention: Program Coordinator -Young Bears' Lodge

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