Under the formal direction of the Youth Inpatient Services Team Leader in collaboration with the Clinical Practice Lead (CPL) of Pediatrics, and as a member of the Pediatrics Allied Health Team, the incumbent will work collaboratively with the UHNBC acute teams (Peds, ER, APAU, NYTP) to provide holistic support to children and youth admitted to Pediatrics in crisis related to mental health and/or substance use issues, as well as pediatric patients admitted and living with chronic disease and pain. In collaboration with the child/youth, caregiver, inter-disciplinary team and community, the incumbent will create, coordinate and implement care and discharge plans for children and youth. Additionally, the incumbent will provide support, guidance and education to the child/youth and their family throughout the hospital admission on Pediatrics. The incumbent will be expected to work within the frameworks of Person and Family-Centered Care, Trauma-Informed Practice, Harm Reduction, Psycho-Social Rehabilitation and Brief Action Planning. This position requires strong interpersonal, problem solving, crisis management and system navigation skills, as well as flexibility and a strong commitment to connect with and support youth and families dealing with complex situations.
Skills and Abilities:
Assessment and Treatment:
- Bachelor’s Degree or higher in one of the following disciplines: counselling, child and youth care, social work, psychology plus minimum of 3 years’ experience in working with children and youth with mental health and substance use challenges, and minimum 2 years’ experience working within an acute care setting or an equivalent combination of recent, related education, training and experience.
- Level 1 First Aid and CPR C
- Food Safe.
- Current, valid BC driver’s license.
Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions. Working knowledge of the DSM 5 and relevant treatment options.
Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice:
Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of NH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
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