Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health Therapist in Canada

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Job Title: Mental Health Therapist

Work Site: HOpe Center, North Vancouver

Status: Temporary Full Time (Until approximately January 2018)

Start Date: As soon as possible

Salary: $31.80 - $39.66 per hour

Hours: 0830-1630 Monday to Friday

Reference#: 089524-chu


Within the context of a client centered care model and in accordance with established standards of professional practice, and vision and values of the organization, works as part of a multidisciplinary mental health care team to provide comprehensive mental health and psychosocial assessment and treatment services for individuals with mental illness and concurrent disorders (i.e. addictions).

Provides psychodynamic, cognitive and behavioural therapy, group counselling and psychoeducation according to a variety of theoretical models and best practices; establishes and maintains therapeutic relationships based on trust with clients and their families; participates in case conferences/meetings with clients, family, service providers and members of the multidisciplinary team; and collaborates and provides clinical support to colleagues to meet the needs of the client population serviced and to provide integration and continuity across the care continuum.


  • Master’s degree in Behavioral Sciences from a recognized program.

  • Three (3) years’ experience working in an outpatient/community setting providing individual and group therapy to clients with a variety of mental disorders (including misuse of alcohol and other drugs).

  • Valid BC Drivers License. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.


  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counseling skills.

  • Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment.

  • Broad knowledge of substance abuse and addictions treatment.

  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).

  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources.

  • Broad knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in client care.

  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.

  • Broad knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedures that relate to client.

  • Demonstrated ability to perform psychosocial assessments and provide treatment planning and care.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with clients and their families, colleagues, physician, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups.

  • Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a co-operative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting.

  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals with diverse backgrounds.

  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, and

  • to deal effectively with conflict situations.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide consultation, leadership and work direction.

  • Ability to operate related equipment.

  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.

The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes. Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

Employees of VCH must apply via the *Internal Application Process . Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.*

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