Carrier Sekani Family Services
Burns Lake, BC
January 19, 2020
Full time – 35hr/wk
Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is looking for Wellness Workers to join the Health and Wellness Program. This individual will plan activities associated with preventing and reducing substance misuse. Activities include assessing the needs of the client, setting up a treatment plan, co-hosting group counselling sessions and coordinating self-help groups in community.
The Health & Wellness Program offers Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) member Bands professional mental health & addiction services both in reserve communities and urban areas in Burns Lake. The Health & Wellness program also provides 28-day residential addiction treatment from May through October. The program is responsible for managing the agency’s Critical Incident Stress Management program.
- Regularly distribute written material on substance abuse prevention
- Hold educational workshops at least four times per year ensuring each workshop will target a specific age category
- Promote and host cultural activities aimed at increasing cultural knowledge and pride
- Promote and host recreational and social activities that promote a substance use free lifestyle
- Provide an initial assessment of the needs of the client
- Set up a treatment plan with the client.
- Have a schedule for individual counselling availability
- Co-host group counselling sessions in consultation with the Community Mental health Clinician
- Coordinate and host self-help groups in community as requested by community
3. Follow up and Aftercare
- Ensure an after care plan is in place before the release date of each client
- Provide individualized support for those maintaining a healthy life style
- Promote group support for abstinence
- Promote and facilitate activities for healthy living
- Collaborate with community leadership, other service providers and the general community on abuse prevention and intervention
- Attend meetings such as Band meetings and Health and Wellness meetings as directed
- Consult with traditional healers and knowledge holders for information and ceremony
- Maintain client related records and statistics following accreditation standards
- Keep community events and individual counselling schedules up to date
- Provides written and oral reports
- Performs other duties as assigned
Qualifications and Educational Requirements
- Two year Social Services Diploma
- Certification with the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada an asset.
- Minimum of two years’ experience in a related area of practice
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Knowledge of First Nations history, culture, traditions and socio-economic conditions (specifically Carrier and Sekani)
- Working knowledge of the field of substance misuse.
- Knowledge of the various interventions for substance misuse prevention and intervention
- Dependability – Consistently at work and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction and solicits feedback to improve performance.
- Interpersonal skills – Maintains confidentiality, remains open to other’s ideas and exhibits willingness to try new things.
- Planning/organizing skills – Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently and develops realist action plans.
- Problem solving skills – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
- Oral communication skills – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrates group presentation skills and conducts meetings.
- Written Communication – Edits work for spelling and grammar, presents numerical data effectively and is able to read and interpret written information.
- Computer skills including the ability to operate spreadsheets and word processing programs at a highly proficient level.
- Some computer work and typing required
- Occasionally lift and/or move equipment and boxes up to 25lbs.
- Communication with a wide variety of internal and external clients is required
- Work will involve families facing challenges which may occasionally involve exposure to unpleasant dealings with angry, abusive, or abused clients; exposure to hazards from frequently working around volatile parents and/or children in crisis who may react violently.
- Initial and on-going employment is subject to submission of a clear Criminal Record check. Criminal Record Check must be conducted every three years.
- Must possess a valid driver’s license.
In accordance with Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code and Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, preference will be given to qualified candidates with Aboriginal Ancestry.