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The Agency adheres to fair hiring practices and relevant legislation. The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions at all levels of employment in the Agency; management, leadership, direct service and support service positions.

Recruitment procedures will be free from discrimination and will attempt to attract the widest selection of qualified applicants possible.

Full Time Position

POSITION TITLE: Withdrawal Management Counsellor – Full Time

PROGRAM: Specialized Youth Detox (SYD)

REPORTS TO: SYD Program Manager

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and their families.

The Withdrawal Management Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the detox program and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response, relapse prevention strategies and counselling.

HOURS
The hours of work are 40 hours per week and the scheduled line is as below:

Mon: 1-9pm

Tue: 1-9pm

Wed: 7am-3pm

Thurs: 3pm-11pm

Fri: 1pm-9pm

Potential start date: December 2021

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
To perform the job successfully a Withdrawal Management Counsellor must be able to consistently perform each essential duty adequately. Other duties may be assigned.

Youth Engagement and Service Planning:
• Works with youth, their family support systems, and others when appropriate, to complete initial and ongoing assessments and develop a service plan. This includes brief screening, risk and safety, and basic comprehensive assessments.
• Facilitates referrals to appropriate community services, including identified medical, mental health, addictions, legal and family services.
• Actively participates in service planning activities including: accurate and up to date documentation and well organized maintenance of information, liaising with referral sources and other agencies, involving family members and others when appropriate, participating in integrated case management conferences, and discharge planning.
• Supports youth to participate in the development and implementation of individualized short-term and mid-term goals.
• Provides crisis intervention and support for youth and their family support systems when required, particularly around issues such as suicidal ideation, mental health and addictions.
• Forms mutually respectful partnerships with persons served and their family support systems to address any issues and problems they face.
• Consults with shift partner to obtain all pertinent information on youth in the program.
• Provides direct on-site supervision and support of youth residing in the program.
• Provides behavioural management skills to best support youth and create a safe and stable environment.
• Accepts the clients’ rights to self-determination and individuality and must not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, language, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, abilities, socio-economic status, political affiliations, or national ancestry.
• Maintains a positive conviction about the capacity of people to grow and change.
• Sets appropriate boundaries, intervenes appropriately and maintains a helping role to meet the needs of the persons served or other family members.
• Provide recreational and social activities for youth when appropriate.
• Facilitates group discussions and activities based on SYD programming.
• Demonstrates a level of cultural sensitivity and understanding of the client population.
• Recognizes persons with special needs and makes appropriate referrals.
• Advocates on the youth’s behalf, when appropriate.
• Demonstrates a youth centred strength-based approach.

Program Support and Administration:
• Works constructively and cooperatively in a team setting.
• Maintains a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with VIHA, other agencies, professionals, ministries and the community.
• Collects client and program feedback from youth, their support systems, and stakeholders and initiates follow-up services and program evaluation with youth and referral agents after discharge from the program.
• Writes reports and attends staff meetings as required by the Youth Empowerment Society.
• Fulfills the requirements of health and safety policies and emergency procedures and protocols.
• Works respectfully in partnership with other team members, including referring authorities.
• Monitors and manages own attitudes, behaviours, well being, and professional development in relation to increasingly challenging client populations and complex or sensitive presenting issues such as trauma and abuse.
• Completes food inventory and meal preparation including the preparation of meat.
• Staff is required to administer medications to youth.
• Performs housekeeping and basic building maintenance duties.
• Participates in supervision meetings with Program Supervisor as required.
• Fulfills the requirements of training needs to meet the standards of accreditation as established by agency policy.
• Accepts and responds to supervision and follow through on suggestions and direction.
• Participates on internal and community committees as required.
• Provides support and assistance to other YES programs.

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
The requirements listed below detail the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the job.

The counsellor will need to demonstrate a good standard of competency in a number of the competencies listed within the agency’s competency framework. A summary of these competencies has been attached to this job description. The knowledge and skills required to demonstrate the competencies are integrated into the role of this position. The achievement of competencies is reviewed within the performance recognition and development plan.

Education:
• Preference is a bachelor’s degree in child and youth care, social work or in a related human services field.

Required Experience:
• A minimum of 6 months experience which includes:
o Knowledge and experience with vulnerable/high-risk youth and their families.
o Experience working with high-risk youth in a counselling or other helping capacity.
o Experience with community-based programs and related community support systems.

Knowledge:
• Basic understanding of child and adolescent development and the impact of substance use
• Basic understanding of brief and comprehensive assessments, counselling and intervention approaches.
• Established practice in maintaining appropriate and confidential boundaries and other basic counselling ethics.
• Established practice involving families, foster care system, community, intervention programs, the Ministry for Children and Families and other systems in service planning with youth.
• Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families.

Skills and Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to work constructively and cooperatively in a team setting.
• Demonstrated ability to use basic engagement techniques and evidence-based counselling approaches.
• Skills to conduct and apply assessments, crisis response and relapse strategies.
• Ability to apply professional ethics to the general work situation.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective collaborative and constructive liaisons/relationships with a variety of individuals and groups, including clients and families, ministries, other agencies etc. and provide effective community referrals.
• Maintains timely and accurate documentation, consent, confidentiality and duty to report practices.
• Prepares and delivers appropriate, clear and concise oral and written communication
• Ability to perform basic computer and Internet skills.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
• The first 6 months of employment constitute a probationary period, at the end of which a performance appraisal is conducted to determine the suitability of the employee for further employment
• Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search, prior to commencing employment.
• Must have a TB Test, a Doctors note indicating mental and emotional wellbeing and have the COVID-19 vaccine.
• Candidate must have Emergency First Aid and Food Safe certification.
• Follow the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement, and Policies and Procedures of The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and abide by the relevant rules and reporting guidelines as set out by the Ministry for Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies.
• While a vehicle is not a requirement of the job, preference may be given to those who possess a valid driver’s license and be in good driver standing as this position could require the use of your personal automobile in the performance of these duties

SPECIAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
• This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with groups of youth and youth in crisis situations.
• This position requires you to work in an environment where you may be exposed to health issues, such as lice, scabies, MRSA, COVID like symptoms, etc.

Application deadline: 2021-11-08

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $43,202.00 per year

 

Part-Time Position

Position Title: Part-time Youth and Family Counsellor

Program: Youth and Family Support Services (YFSS)

Reports To: Programs Manager

Posting Closing Date: November 15th, 2021

Potential Start Date:  December 2021  

Position Summary

The Youth and Family Counsellor offers support to youth (12-19 years of age) and their parents/caregivers in resolving conflict, managing crisis, developing new effective communication styles, setting healthy boundaries, and when appropriate, strengthening family relationships. The Counsellor provides individual and parent-teen mediation sessions both on-site and within the community. This position requires working collaboratively with other community service provides to ensure clients have the resources to meet their needs.

Hours

The position is 18.75 hours/ 2.5 days a week. Office hours are Tuesday/Thursday and every other Friday. *Please note that this position requires flexibility; occasional evening shifts and/or after-hours calls may be needed.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Interviews youth/family and assesses problems and strengths.  Provides intervention services collaboratively with other community programs. 
  • Develops and implements counselling and intervention to assist youth/families in determining goals and achieving the objectives developed.
  • Works with youth, family, support systems, and others when appropriate, to complete initial and ongoing assessments and developing of individualized plans.  
  • Provides behavioural management skills, crisis response, intervention, and risk reduction services to support youth/families and create a safe/stable environment.
  • Provides crisis intervention and risk reduction for youth and their family support systems when required, especially around issues such as trauma, suicidal ideation, mental health, and addictions.
  • Provides support and services in helping to reconnect youth to appropriate caregiving systems in the continuum of care.
  • Maintains a collaborative and cooperative working relationship with MCFD, other agencies, professionals, ministries, and the community.
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Well-established understanding of child and youth development.
  • Well established understanding of youth/family engagement skills, counselling, and intervention approaches
  • Demonstrated awareness of community resources for youth and families
  • Demonstrated ability in report writing
  • Good organization, time management skills.
  • Ability to perform basic computer skills

Qualifications

  • A Bachelors Degree in Child and Youth Care, Social Work or a related Human Services Field
  • A minimum of 3 years experience (out of the last 10 years) which includes:
  • Knowledge and experience with vulnerable/high-risk youth and their parents.
  • Experience working with high-risk youth/families in a counselling or other helping capacity.
  • Experience with community-based programs and related community support systems.

 Rate of Pay

  • $23.15 per hour  
  • Salary is inclusive of all overtime hours

Hours/Conditions of Employment

  • The hours of work are 18.75 hours per week
  • The first 6 months of employment constitute a probationary period, at the end of which a performance appraisal is conducted to determine the suitability of the employee for further employment.
  • Must have clearance from the Authorization for Criminal Records Search prior to commencing employment
  • Must follow the Code of Ethics, Mission Statement and Policies and Procedures of The Victoria Youth Empowerment Society and abide by the relevant rules and reporting guidelines set out by the Ministry of Children and Families and other appropriate governing bodies
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be in good driver standing as this position will require the use of your personal vehicle in the performance of these duties.
  • This position is required to work in a stressful environment often dealing with youth and families in crisis situations.
  • The employee must have First Aid or be willing to obtain certification

 To apply, please email resumes to the Programs Manager at programs_manager@vyes.ca by November 15th, 2021. 

Casual Positions

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter and Specialized Youth Detox

Position Summaries:
The Youth Empowerment Society is a non-profit community service agency offering support and services to youth and their families. When hiring relief staff, The Youth Empowerment Society hires for both residential sites.

Specialized Youth Detox Withdrawal Management Counsellor
The Withdrawal Management Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the detox program and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response, relapse prevention strategies and counselling.

Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Crisis Support Counsellor
The Crisis Support Counsellor is responsible for providing the necessary services and support to youth accessing the emergency youth shelter and their family support systems. Counsellors aim to meet short-term physical, emotional and psychological needs of youth by providing support, screening and assessment, crisis response and counselling.

Please send your resume to the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter Manager at keys_manager@vyes.ca

Job Type: Casual

The Agency adheres to fair hiring practices and relevant legislation. The Agency is an equal opportunity employer and encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds and abilities to apply for positions at all levels of employment in the Agency; management, leadership, direct service and support service positions.

Recruitment procedures will be free from discrimination and will attempt to attract the widest selection of qualified applicants possible.

Main Office

Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5:00pm

contact our main office: 250-383-3514

Alliance Club 

Mon-Thurs 10:00am-6:00pm  Fri: 10:00am-2:00pm

contact our Alliance Club: 250-361-3923

After hours phone support

Please call:
the Kiwanis Emergency Shelter
250-386-8282