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Job Number:  38487
Mediation and Family Counsellor
Job Posted: Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 13 October 2017
(62 days ago)
Urban Native Youth Association
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: $52,374.40 - $61,089.60, plus extended benefits after 3 months.

Urban Native Youth Association

Mediation and Family Counsellor

Job Posting





The Mediation Program’s goal is to help empower Native youth aged 12-18 and their family members to make positive change in their lives by offering them support and resources to do so.   The program strives to help families work through their concerns so that they can identify their individual needs and their roles and responsibilities within their family relationships.  The goal of the counselling is the identification and resolution of the problems that are causing the family’s and youth’s unhealthy interactions.  Results include greater insight, improved communication and problem solving skills, and a loosening of previously automatic behavior patterns. 


The Mediation and Family Counsellor utilizes many therapeutic approaches to meet the presenting needs of each individual youth and family in a client-directed, culturally and context-specific approach to healing.  The Clinical Counsellor helps families and youth assess how to manage their daily life, safely identify the emotional impacts of the situation, identify their strengths and challenges, establish individual and family goals, and address these challenges and goals through a series of insightful counselling sessions. 




  • Master’s Degree in Counselling
  • 2 years of recent related experience
  • Or, an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
  • Knowledge of the following modalities:
    • Culture as Therapy
    • Person Centered Approach
    • Family Systems Approach
    • Trauma Informed Approach
    • Demonstrated experience engaging and working effectively with Indigenous youth.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of the intergenerational impacts of the residential school systems, colonization, the Indigenous Community, and an understanding and willingness to participate in Indigenous protocols, practices, and ceremonies
    • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

 Duties and Responsibilities


The Mediation Program Family Counsellor will:


  1. Establish relationships with family and gather history information from their perspective. Collaboratively discuss the social, psychological, emotional, and/or behavioural issues affecting all family members.  Support family to identify the areas of concern they would like to address through counselling.
  2. Develop and implement therapeutic plans and interventions in collaboration with family to meet the family’s goals and objectives.
  3. Provide individual and group counselling interventions using a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on client needs.
  4. Monitor and evaluates the effectiveness of treatment through individual session observations and soliciting information from other professionals working with the youth and/or family. Makes changes to the therapeutic plan as necessary. 
  5. Formulates and facilitates workshops and process groups in identified areas for clients and/or their families as required.
  6. Provides consultation to other members of the family’s professional team, both internally and externally to create a support team of care.
  7. Ensure that all members of a youth’s professional team are kept up-to-date on effectiveness of the counselling plan, youth’s progress, any new issues or trends, and any behaviour changes.
  8. Establish and maintain a network of positive working relationships with other UNYA programs and other community programs/resources to ensure effective referrals and enhance access to a strong continuum of supports. Ensure that youth are being referred to appropriate services in the community, as individual needs require.  Provide information, advocacy, and support in the referral process for internal and external programs, as well as other supports in the community.
  9. Maintain appropriate statistical records, logs, case files, and client reports in order to meet UNYA requirements and funder requirements.
  10. Maintain sound financial and office management. Oversee and monitor program expenditures, ensuring that the program remains within its allocated budgets.  Prepare and submit financial reports as required.
  11. Positively and proactively address any concerns, incidents, or crises which affect youth participants, program mandate, UNYA policies, and community relations.
  12. Respect and assure youth participants 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 UNYA Management.
  13. Keep abreast of current social concerns and street trends, and as required, attend professional development activities in order to remain informed regarding issues affecting street-involved youth.
  14. Consult with and report to the Director of MCFD Programs on a regular basis for ongoing assessment and refinement of the program.
  15. Perform any other duty deemed necessary by the Director of MCFD Programs to ensure the safe, healthy, and productive operation of the Transition Program.




This position reports directly to the Director of Youth Programs.


Hours of Work


This position is 40 hours per week, scheduled to fit the needs of the program. This is mostly Monday to Friday days, but can include the occasional evening and weekend. These hours will be determined in consultation with the Director of Youth Programs. 


To Apply


Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Director of Youth Programs via email at Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter.  No Enquiries.  Only those short-listed will be contacted.  Closing date:  October 13, 2017.



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To apply: Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Director of Youth Programs via email at G. Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. No Enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Closing date: Sept 16, 2017.
Contact Details:
To apply: Submit a cover letter stating the position that you are applying for and a resume to the attention of the Director of Youth Programs via email at G. Resumes will not be reviewed without a covering letter. No Enquiries. Only those short-listed will be contacted. Closing date: October 13 , 2017.
www:   www.unya.bc.ca

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