Child and Youth Mental Health Worker

HOLLYBURN FAMILY SERVICES - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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At Hollyburn, we empower growth and inspire change and we’re looking for people to join our team who want to do the same. If this sounds like you, read on. We want you with us!

We are Hollyburn Family Services, an industry leading organization that provides quality residential programs, counselling, and support services to children, youth, and families since 1990. We value the uniqueness of each individual and their inherent capacity for growth. We rely on our core values to create a trusting and safe environment free from harassment and discrimination for our team and for our clients. We treat our employees, clients, and community with fairness, dignity and respect, and as such strive to hire and build a team reflective of these values. We are proud to have a diverse team, all of whom have unique abilities which to enrich the lives of their clients.

You are a positive energetic role model who has a passion and skill for providing support, care and mentorship for youth at risk. You will make a difference in the lives of the clients we support and play an integral role in supporting their successful achievements. You will assist in leading the service plan implementation of client-focused, evidence-based therapeutic interventions and support required for children and youth in the residential programs who present complex mental health and behavioural issues.

Specifically, we are hiring for a full-time, Child and Youth Mental Health Worker for a residential program in Vancouver, BC that serves an Indigenous youth with complex mental health and behavioural issues. This line is 3pm-11pm and will include one weekend day.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Education or Behavioural Sciences
  • Minimum (3) years’ recent experience providing assessment and treatment services for children & youth in residential settings with psychiatric/mental health concerns
  • Working knowledge of DSM diagnoses and related treatments, the Mental Health Act, the Hospital Act and the Child, Family and Community Service Act
  • Demonstrated experience dealing with challenging behaviours and de-escalation techniques in residential settings
  • Must complete an acceptable Criminal Record Search Report
  • BC Class 5 Driver's License


  • Knowledge of different child and youth care approaches, the development of youth service plans, and legislation and government regulations applicable to the program
  • Ability to work with high risk clients, assess problems, and determine appropriate strategies and methods for client coping skills
  • Ability to handle stressful situations and self-regulate in order to co-regulate the client
  • Clear, direct and sensitive verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience liaising with community resources and multi-disciplinary professionals and working within a team setting
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate
  • Current NVCI and/or Mandt certificate


  • Providing inclusionary and flexible treatment and case management services for individuals with mental illness and concurrent disorders
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with clients, their families, and colleagues to provide appropriate treatment services based on best practices and client need
  • Performing key duties such as client intake, treatment planning, crisis intervention, consultation, and individual counseling and groups to facilitate and coordinate client access to services
  • Identifying clients' strengths and building on them in order to improve their self-esteem
  • Teaching and reinforcing adaptive behaviours and coping techniques to clients in order to improve basic social and life skills
  • Facilitating recreational and/or educational activities with the youth

Because we know our team is our heart and our most important asset:

We offer extensive training opportunities to all employees. We support professional development and advancement within our every growing organization. Our salaries are competitive and our benefits package for full-time employees includes 100% employer premium paid BC Medical, extended health, dental, vision care, life insurance, wellness days and sick leave. After a six-month probationary period, our employees become eligible for our Registered Retirement Savings Plan where Hollyburn matches contributions up to 3% of gross salary.

If you’re still reading this and are as excited to join us as we are excited that you read this whole posting, then do not delay! Send your resume and a brief cover letter telling us why you are the perfect person to join our team.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $3,765.00 to $4,150.00 /month


  • providing child & youth assessment and treatment services: 3 years (Preferred)
  • working with challenging behaviours in residential settings: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)


  • Proof of ability to legally work in Canada (Required)
  • BC Class 5 Driver's license (Required)