Foundry Prince George
mostly business hours with some evenings/ weekends required
What you will gain
Wage - $30/ hour
3 weeks of annual vacation
Discount on child care (excluding infant and toddler care)
Who we are
Rooted in Northern BC for over 50 years, the YMCA of Northern BC is a charity of over 400 staff and volunteers working together to strengthen the foundations of our community through promoting healthy living, fostering belonging, inclusion, and connection, and helping children, families, and seniors thrive. We offer opportunities for personal growth and create social change through child-care services, camp programs, community health services, employment services, recreation, and health and fitness services.
Foundry Prince George is an integrated health and social service hub for young people ages 12-24. Alongside partners, the YMCA of Northern BC offers a “one-stop-shop” for young people to access mental health care, substance use services, primary care, social services, and youth and family peer supports. Foundry Prince George is part of a larger provincial initiative expanding access to services and supports for young people across BC.
What you will do
At the YMCA people are our greatest asset and we are proud to be an employer of choice. Working at the YMCA means you are part of a fun, positive team in an environment of honesty, caring, respect, responsibility, and inclusivity. The YMCA is committed to providing our community the support it needs to thrive through employment, youth services, and programming for families and seniors. We believe a vibrant, healthy community is one in which everyone feels a sense of belonging and connection.
Reporting to the Foundry Prince George Manager, the clinician provides a range of therapeutic one-on-one and group interventions for young people and their family members in support of mental wellness, healthy well-being, and empowerment to access tools, support, and strategies they need to thrive in life. Clinical counselling is offered both in-person onsite, and virtually via video platform. The successful candidate will function as part of an integrated, multi-disciplinary team and will work closely with related social support services at Youth Around Prince and other relevant community resources.
What you will bring
Our caring community health providers are passionate about helping children, youth, families, and seniors live well. They believe in guiding each individual through a holistic approach to health that embodies all aspects of physical, mental, and social well-being to support people to live healthier, happier lives.
Responsibilities and abilities
- Provides therapeutic clinical counselling in person and via virtual delivery to young people and their families one-on-one or in groups
- Conducts a range of mental health and addictions assessments, works with young people, their families, and the larger team to develop interventions and individualized plans of care
- Develops and delivers groups (such as Coping Skills groups)
- Provides outreach services when indicated
- Works in an integrative and positive way with other members of the Foundry team
- Incorporates culturally safe practice and promotes a safe place for diverse populations
- Recognizes and manages risk, and ensures action are taken to prevent/ minimize harm
- Supports team members and community colleagues during critical incidents
- Performs administrative functions related to the role
- Commits to ongoing learning and therapeutic approaches adopted by Foundry Central
- Knowledge of/ commitment to best practices like harm reduction, stepped care, cultural safety, trauma informed and recovery-oriented approaches, youth and family-centred care
- Ability to develop positive rapport with a wide range of young people and their families
- Comprehensive understanding of substance abuse and mental health issues
- Demonstrated ability to perform assessments using standardized tools
- Demonstrated therapeutic skills and the ability to apply theory and practice to individual and group interventions
- Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnoses and professional practice guidelines for treatment of various conditions; knowledge of psychopharmacology
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and statutory duties
- Familiarity with relevant resources
- Understanding of the impacts of colonization, residential schools, violence, abuse and trauma on mental health and substance use
- Strong communication, decision-making, and organizational skills
- Proficiency in relevant IT applications
- Ability to work independently, as part of a multi-disciplinary and integrated team, and with a wide variety of stakeholders
- Ability to thrive in a dynamic, changing environment
- Minimum post-secondary degree in a relevant field (counselling, social work etc.)
- Master’s degree in relevant field an asset
- Registered or eligible for registration with applicable professional association
- 2 years recent and related experience preferred, providing professional counselling services for individuals (ideally youth) or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
- Understanding of and passion for youth and their families
- Genuine commitment to service integration and improving services for youth and families
- Physical ability to complete required tasks
- Satisfactory criminal record check and clear vulnerable sector search
- Three satisfactory professional references
- Negotiation/ Communication/Interpersonal Skills - Ability to speak, write, listen and secure information in a variety of settings. Ability to cooperate with others to achieve results. Ability to create and build relationships inside and outside the organization.
- Problem Solving – Ability to identify an issue, gathers and processes relevant information, determine possible solutions, selects appropriate responses and implements and evaluates them.
- Community Awareness and Understanding – Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission and values of the organization.
- Self-Management – ability to appropriately manage one’s own emotions and strong feelings; maintain a calm and tactful composure under a broad range of challenging circumstances; and think clearly and stay focused under pressure. Encompasses self-regulation and mindfulness.
- Teamwork/ Cooperation – ability to work cooperatively and productively with others within and across organizational units to achieve common goals; demonstrate respect, cooperation, collaboration, and consensus-building.
How to apply
The YMCA thanks all those interested in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.