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Youth and Family Counsellor, Mental Health Program - BC Children's Hospital
Job summary

The Youth and Family Counsellor (YFC) reports operationally to the Clinical Nurse Coordinator at BC Children's Hospital Mental Health and is responsible for maintaining a physically and emotionally safe therapeutic milieu, developing and facilitating groups, and providing activities and care appropriate to the child’s/youth’s stage of development. In a hospital based psychiatric assessment and treatment program, the Youth and Family Counsellor works collaboratively as part of an interprofessional team within an evidence based Trauma Informed model of care, to support all aspects of therapeutic care of patients with behavioural, emotional, and psychiatric problems and their families/caregivers. The Youth and Family Counsellor provides supportive counselling, and psychosocial assessment, including working with families/caregivers in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures. Drives patients to designated locations by operating the Centre’s vehicle.

Required Qualifications and Skills

1. Bachelor in Child and Youth Care, or a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology or Clinical Counselling, that includes course content relevant to Child and Youth Mental Health such as Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development, Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Group and Family Processes. 2. Valid Class 4 driver’s license. 3. Current CPR certification.

Required Experience

Two (2) years’ recent related experience working in a child and youth setting.


> Assess patients’ emotional and behavioural presentation, through the application of developmental theory, skills in Child and Youth Care, and trauma informed care. > Participate and contribute to patient care plan development, treatment strategies and intervention development with the assigned primary nurse and the interprofessional team by methods such as reviewing patient progress, discussing potential changes with team, and adjusting care strategies accordingly.

Compensation and Benefits Offered

$39.14 to $48.88 per hour

Organization Overview

PHSA and BCCH are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.

The International Child and Youth Care Network

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