Position: Michif Wellness Coordinator
Hours: 28 hours a week / 4 days a week
Geographic Catchment Area: Kamloops which is located in the unceded territory of the Secwépemcul'ecw
Reports to: Métis Child and Youth Mental Health Clinical Team Leader
The Michif Wellness Coordinator (MWC) works in partnership with our Michif Team to provide pre and post mental health support services, and facilitates wellness groups to Métis (Michif) children/youth, and at times their families and caregivers, suffering from anxiety, depression, intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, self-harm and suicidality and other behavioral disorders. Cultural approaches that are land based and honour traditional teachings will be expected. All services will be delivered in a manner consistent with our Society’s vision, trauma informed and culturally safe practices.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provides consultation and assesses the therapeutic needs of referred individuals using a cultural approach and teachings unique to our Métis People
- Works with clients to determine the type of treatment and supports, that best suits their needs building relationships based on trust
- Maintains accurate and confidential client files; documents the client’s progress in attaining case plan goals for counselling sessions; ensures all required forms are set up in files (electronic and hard copy)
- Liaises with the support and child safety workers to plan treatment in a team setting
- Refers clients to medical assessments, psychiatrists and other external assessment and treatment options
- Supports families following assessments to understand the diagnosis and provide referrals for supports needed
- Undertakes crisis intervention by assessing risk and de-escalating situations taking immediate action when necessary with the help of the RCMP, Social Worker or hospital as appropriate
- Participates with schools, other mental health agencies, and the broader network of service providers offering to sit on committees, give presentations or give expertise
- Develops resources, working to include spiritual, cultural and traditional methods
- Acts as a positive role model to clients, their families, caregivers and community members
Other duties as assigned
- Monitors and evaluates progress towards established goals and co-ordinates services and responsibilities of other resources as part of the skilful management of the counselling process
- Maintains accurate and understandable case records and files in accordance with confidentiality regulations
- Attends clinical supervision approximately once per month for review of files and direction
- Attends Case management meetings with team to discuss treatment plans
- Bachelors of Social Work, Child and Youth Mental Health or related degree
The Michif Wellness Coordinator will demonstrate competence in the following:
- Relationship Building - Develops strong, cooperative relationships with internal and external partners, customers, clients and colleagues to build long term relationships that foster collaboration and partnership
- Culturally Informed practice – able to understand respond to and incorporate cultural practices into services
- Influence and Impact - Uses knowledge of situations to identify potential impacts and uses persuasion, presentation, or negotiation to convince others to adopt a specific course of action
- Quality - Sets and attains quality standards that meet or exceed requirements
- Planning and Organizing - Plans and organizes time effectively to meet goals and timetables
- Problem Solving - Uses critical thinking skills to solve problems and achieve effective solutions and thinks outside of the box
- Accountability - Holds self-accountable for achieving goals.
- Communicating Information - Communicates and discusses with team, critical information including rationale behind decisions
- Continuous Learning - Continuously acquires and applies knowledge, skills and abilities to enhance capacity, performance, and employability and to think about how to bring new ideas to move the organization forward
- Initiative - Is a self-starter, seeking out or taking the initiative to identify new challenges or opportunities and proactively doing things
Skills and Abilities:
- Recognizes and respects cultural diversity and has an understanding of Indigenous People, historical impacts of colonization and traditional ways of healing
- Ability to build effective working relationships, find common ground and create win-win solutions
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, effective listening skills, and public speaking skills
- Superior interviewing, assessment, counselling, crisis management and case management skills
- Knowledgeable in family systems theory and child development, and Child and Family Community Services Legislation and Policy
- Ability to self-regulate, meet deadlines, have attention to detail and respect confidentiality
- Proficiency in the use of computer programs for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, email and the internet, to the intermediate level (capable of using a large number of functions and feel confident using the program)
- A minimum of two years experience working in the field of social services and/or counselling
- Experience working with Métis children, youth and families or other Indigenous children, youth and families.
- Strong knowledge of Métis and/or other Indigenous communities, traditions and cultural practices.
- Works in partnership with our Michif Team, which consists of an early childhood development tam, child safety team, youth/young adults’ services team and our Michif Elders Council.
- Potential for violence in the workplace
- Travel may be required
- Flexible work schedule may be required
- Supervision received frequent - consultation with direct supervision with directive and regular review of the work performed.
Conditions of Employment:
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Criminal Records Check
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid BC Driver’s License
- Must provide a vehicle in good operating condition and appropriate vehicle insurance to meet program requirements
- Salary Wage: $30.68 consistent with BCGEU Aboriginal Collective Agreement. Benefits package included following successful completion of probationary period.
Job Types: Part-time, Permanent
Salary: $30.68 /hour
- relative: 2 years (Preferred)