Are you a strong leader with a background in Mental Wellness and Substance Use? Your holistic view of mental wellness and passion for transforming First Nations communities, make you the perfect fit for this role! You excel at developing training curriculum and processes and can work collaboratively with various levels in the organization. In this role, you will provide specialized expertise in mental wellness and crisis, across BC Interior, while leading a team of response workers. You will develop and implement crisis action plans in partnership with communities and Nations. You will also provide counselling intervention during crises and also collaborate with Nations to develop processes and protocols. Travel across BC Interior is required and will be approximately 2-3 days with the expectation of being responsive to crisis events.
• Work collaboratively in supporting Nations and communities in times of crisis
• Develops and implements a response plan and triage and deploy services in times of crisis, through remote or in person connection with community leads. Assesses community strengths and gaps to identify needs and safety considerations
• Leads, mobilizes and trains Mental Wellness Action Team response workers located in each Nation. Mental Wellness Action Team Responders are individuals who have committed 20 days per year to participate in training and crisis response.
• Develops training curriculum and provides hands-on training and capacity building for responders, for instance in the areas of Safe Talk, Suicide Awareness, ASCIRT, etc., up to and including scheduling and conducting training, developing and circulating agendas and materials, conducting evaluations, etc.
• Provides counselling intervention as needed in times of crisis
• Oversees, reviews, assesses and provides feedback to responders’ reports to develop and maintain files including follow up after a crisis incident, such as progress notes/reports of the incident and documentation of short, medium and long term action plans, including ongoing revision as required
• Collaborates with Nations to establish Nation crisis protocols and teams, including how response works within each Nation. Protocols outline the considerations in crisis response, including articulation of who supports when and in what manner
• Ensures wellness of the Mental Wellness Action Team and individual responders, utilizing FNHA’s approach to employee performance partnerships particularly in regards to overall wellness. Utilizes existing structures to discuss, support and encourage overall wellness in group and/or individual settings
• Ensures client confidentiality and privacy in accordance with professional regulatory guidelines and follows standards of practice and legal requirements
• Establishes and strengthens collaborative relationships with a variety of allied professionals, formal and informal community leaders, and knowledge keepers and/or Elders across the Interior region
• Performs other related duties as assigned
• Recent, relevant and significant experience in a mental health and substance use environment (usually acquired over a period of 5 years or more)
• Crisis response experience, preferably within a First Nations context
• Experience in the regional health authority systems/services (Interior Health Authority in particular), and working with First Nations individuals, communities or organizations on issues related to health and wellness
• Master’s degree from an accredited university in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position, or an acceptable combination of education and experience;
• Up-to-date registration with a professional regulatory body.
Employee Class: Permanent
Application Deadline: Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 4:00pm