Clinical Counsellor



Covenant House Vancouver is the premier provider of residential and support services for our city’s homeless youth, and we are growing! You will be joining a team of dedicated and committed people whose mission is to help at-risk young people move off the streets and on to independence.

OVERALL ROLE/RESPONSIBILITY

Working within the context of a client centered approach and the vision, principles and values of Covenant House Vancouver, the Clinical Counsellor will provide one to one and group client care to youth exhibiting mental health issues, utilizing the services offered by Covenant House Vancouver. This position will collaborate with interdisciplinary team members, educational resources and other related professionals in the community.

JOB DESCRIPTION

ACTIVITY A: Administration & Reporting (20%)

  • Responsible for direct implementation of, and adherence to, Covenant House philosophy, policy and procedures
  • Maintain files and ensure documentation is valid, legal and up to date and is accordance with professional standards and requirements of the regulatory body.

ACTIVITY B: Clinical Responsibilities (50%)

  • Provide clinical counselling services to youth in one to one and group settings
  • Intake and coordination of youth accessing Covenant House Vancouver
  • Provide an initial mental status exam and comprehensive assessment to determine a youth’s mental health functioning and suitability for services
  • Provide a gate keeping and screening role for youth with mental health issues
  • Provide psycho/social assessments
  • Monitor mental status of youth while in Covenant House’s care and provide brief and ongoing therapeutic services
  • Liaise with community services/agencies and works collaboratively with these services
  • Liaise with the Mental Health Team(s) and works collaboratively with these teams
  • Responds to crisis situations and provides guidance to other staff on how to manage youth with mental health issues
  • Participates in case conferences, case management and team meetings as needed
  • Be part of an interdisciplinary Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) team, being able to facilitate a weekly DBT skills group and manage a case load of individual DBT clients
  • Performs other related duties, as required

ACTIVITY C: Program Development & Evaluation (20%)

  • Manage the collection of client statistical information – ensure data is accurate and complete
  • Attend intra-agency and program related meetings as required
  • Enter data into the Efforts to Outcome Database (ETO)

ACTIVITY D: Training and Clinical Supervision (10%)

  • Together with other Clinical Counsellors, provide and/or coordinate ongoing professional development workshops to program departments as necessary
  • Identify and participate in external Clinical Supervision as determined by the governing body

 

EDUCATION AND SPECIFIC TRAINING

  • Master’s Degree (minimum) in Counselling/Psychology, Clinical Social Work or equivalent.
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and/or Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW)
  • Registered Art Therapist, if applicable

The following skills/training are required:

  • Working knowledge of the DSM V
  • Training in Art Therapy as a modality for group and individual therapy
  • Sound knowledge of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and training/experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Sound understanding and experience of working with trauma and within a Trauma-Informed Practice framework
  • Sound knowledge of crisis intervention and theory
  • Sound knowledge of community resources
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Sound knowledge of assessment, counseling and case management
  • Awareness of issues facing culturally diverse populations
  • Awareness of issues facing homeless youth, particularly those who are “street homeless” and/or addressing acute mental health concerns
  • Good computer literacy
  • Ability to carry out the physical demands of the job
  • Working knowledge of integrated case management
  • Willingness to work a flexible work schedule that accommodates the needs and schedules of homeless youth

EXPERIENCE

  • 3 years of experience in a clinical setting as a Clinical C0unsellor and/or Concurrent Disorder Clinician is preferred
  • Demonstrated training and experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy is a strong asset
  • Applicants should also exhibit experience in and be able to provide examples of:
  • Crisis intervention
  • Working with trauma and concurrent disorders
  • Assessment of mental health concerns
  • Clinical decision-making with high-risk clients
  • Rapport building with homeless or at-risk youth

We Love what we do and try to make a difference everyday. Covenant House Vancouver offers a competitive salary with a great benefits package and excellent opportunity for training and career advancement. If you are looking to join a place where we have a purpose and aim to achieve positive outcomes, please join us by applying.

Covenant House Vancouver celebrates equality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity in employment, and we affirm and welcome applicants from all backgrounds of race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and age, except as prescribed by law.

 

Position Start Date

As soon as possible

 

Application Due Date

Posting will remain open until filled