Child Therapist

Website NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining lived or work experience with Indigenous populations (if applicable).

NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society is currently looking for a full-time Child Therapist to join our newly created Counselling team.

NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of Indigenous families in self-determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well-being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities.

NIȽTU,O provides a full health and dental benefits package, Public Service Pension Plan, and a company cell phone.

*Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry*

Position Summary:

The Child Therapist will provide clinical assessments and direct counselling and support services to children under 12 and their families and caregivers. Key duties will include conducting confidential, quality assessments, that are culturally sensitive, gender-responsive and trauma-informed. These assessments will help identify interventions for a variety of child mental health challenges such as: anxiety, ADHD, anger issues, developmental challenges, self-esteem issues, trauma history or disrupted attachments.

In addition to the direct counselling and clinical assessments, the role will also be responsible for developing and implementing public education/prevention workshops for adults raising children in the communities we serve. The position will also seek ways to promote this newly created program and garner referrals from community partners.

The role will also maintain relationships with Coast Salish communities by participating in Community Circle meetings, attending regular events within the Coast Salish Communities, and providing communication updates as needed to external partners such as Band Designates.

A summary of duties includes the following:

  • Conduct assessments that identify interventions for a variety of child mental health challenges such as: anxiety, ADHD, anger issues, developmental challenges, self-esteem issues, trauma history or disrupted attachments.
  • Interview children and families, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate child’s capacity for participation in the counselling program.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan interventions.
    Develop client intervention plans based on research, clinical experience, client/family history and presenting issues.
  • Assess clients’ strengths, gifts, and challenges, and collaborate with them to identify a path to healing.
  • Conduct child and family counselling from a multi-generational trauma-informed perspective and in the context of sensitivity to the multi-generational impact of colonization on First Nations Counsel children and families to assist them in articulating needs, identifying goals and developing strategies to achieve their desired outcomes.
  • Develop and implement public education/prevention workshops for adults raising children in the communities we serve.
  • Work in partnership with our communities on designing programs to address community education needs around optimal child mental health in the context of cultural norms and practices.
  • Provide training and workshops to agency staff members on child mental health and development and referral procedures.
  • Develop working relationships with Community Circle Members, Professionals, and Community Members associated with Child and Family Services for the Coast Salish Communities.

You will report to the Community Service Manager – Clinical Programs and collaborate with the NIȽTU,O team.

Education and Work Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in Social Work or Education, or Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology.
  • 3-5 years providing direct clinical counselling experience working with youth and families facing challenges.
  • Knowledge of basic Family Systems principals and familiarity with forms of intervention such as CBT or solution focused interventions and a trauma informed perspective
  • Eligible for registration with the relevant professional association: BCACC, RSW, CCC
  • Experience in leading and facilitating groups
  • Experience working with First Nations clients
  • Awareness and sensitivity around the impact on First Nations people of colonization and the impact of residential schools and multi- generational trauma.
  • Ability and willingness to incorporate cultural activities and resources into all aspects of service to clients and communities.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous community and/or substantial cultural competencies with lived experience of engaging in and maintaining intercultural affiliations will be considered a strong asset.
  • Computer literacy on MS Word, Excel, and file/case management system.
  • Ability to write detailed reports.
  • Ability to track and manage financial expenditures.
  • Valid Driver’s license with a positive driver’s abstract and will be expected to travel for work.
  • A clean Criminal Record Check.
  • Full vaccination required as per NIȽTU,O COVID-19 Policy.
  • Practice rooted in social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals.
  • In depth knowledge of the intergenerational trauma that occurs as a result of colonization, including the impacts of the Indian Act, Residential School Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems and structures.
  • Indigenous cultural safety training or equivalent lived experience.
  • Trauma informed practice education or experience would be an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action, The Royal Commission on Indigenous People, The Indian Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Knowledge of Coast Salish First Nations culture and history, specifically NIȽTU,O Member Nations.
  • Willingness to participate in Coast Salish Frist Nation cultural activities as appropriate.

Benefits:

  • Extended Health and Dental Benefits (Premium Paid by the Agency)
  • PSPP Pension Plan.
  • Three weeks of vacation on joining that increases with length of service.

Salary:

  • Compensation Commensurate with Experience.
  • $35.00-$49.00 per hour

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code. Please include “self-identified” if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as a First Nation, Metis, or Inuk (Inuit).

Job Types:

  • Permanent, Full-time

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:

  • Full vaccination required as per NIȽTU,O COVID-19 Policy.

Application question(s):

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in Indigenous organizations or communities?
  • Have you included a cover letter with your application?
  • How many years of experience do you have working as a Child Therapist?

Licence/Certification:

  • Driver’s license (preferred)

Work Location:

  • One location

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