Michif Wellness coordinator

Lii Michif Otipemisiwak - Kamloops, BC (30+ days ago)

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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

Job Summary:

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

Case Management

  • 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

Qualifications Education:

  • 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.

Working Conditions:

  • 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)