Foundry Prince George
Permanent Full Time
Typically business hours with some evenings/ weekends
What yo will gain
Wage - $33/ hour
Eligible for comprehensive benefits after 3 months
4 weeks of annual vacation
Discount on child care (excluding infant and toddler care)
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, Foundry Prince George is 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 one centre within a larger provincial network. By bringing together a variety of health and social services under one roof and working in partnership with young people and families, Foundry helps young people find the care, connection, and support they need.
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.
The concurrent disorders clinician provides a range of therapeutic one on one and group interventions for young people and their family members impacted by mental wellness and substance use challenges. The position functions as part of an integrated, multi-disciplinary team and works 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 to young people and their families 1 on 1 or in groups
- Conducts mental health and addictions assessments using standardized tools and works with young people, families, and the larger team to develop interventions and individualized plans
- Develops and delivers groups (such as Smart Recovery and Seeking Safety)
- Develops and delivers a wide range of youth friendly prevention activities and programming
- Develops and delivers presentations/ education sessions to young people, families, colleagues, and other stakeholders
- Provides outreach and liaises with many systems, community agencies, and natural supports
- Works in an integrated way with other members of the Foundry team
- Contributes to a positive team environment
- Incorporates culturally safe practice and promotes safety for diverse groups, including LGBTQ+ and Indigenous people
- Recognizes and manages risk, and ensures action are taken to prevent/ minimize harm
- Supports other Foundry team members and community colleagues during critical incidents
- Performs administrative functions related to the role
- Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to best practices related to community health
- Ability to develop positive rapport and relationship with young people and their families, including those at high risk and with challenging behaviors
- Comprehensive understanding of substance abuse and mental health issues, concurrent disorders, addictions counselling, mental health services and treatment protocols
- Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, and statutory duties
- Understanding of the impacts of colonization/ residential schools on Indigenous peoples
- Understanding of the impacts of violence/ abuse and trauma and the interconnections with 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 team, and with a wide variety of stakeholders
- Excellent self-management skills in high-pressure situations
- Ability to analyze and resolve problems with minimal direction
- 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 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 their families
- Physical ability to complete required tasks
- Satisfactory criminal record check and clear vulnerable sector search
- Three satisfactory professional references
In addition to bringing a commitment to YMCA vision and values, and an orientation to service, the candidate should possess the following competencies:
- Leadership/Coaching – having political acumen; leading teams and recruiting new team members; providing vocal, highly visible support and encouragement for the initiative; collaborating well with others; engaging in team planning and goal-setting.
- Negotiation/Communication/Interpersonal Skills - Able 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. Negotiation; advocacy; strong educator and presentation skills.
- Planning/Organizing – Ability to establish a clearly defined and effective course of action for self and others to accomplish short and long term goals.
- Initiative/Enthusiasm/Innovation – maintaining a positive focus; a personal belief in the initiative and commitment to its successful implementation; being personable, respected, credible, and work well with peers.
- Community Awareness and Understanding – Demonstrates and promotes a personal understanding of and appreciation for the vision, mission and values of the organization. Full understanding of both the initiative and the local context.
- Technical skills - collecting data, tracking progress, and providing feedback.