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Indigenous Wellness Specialist (substance Use)

Smithers, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
Position Summary
Are you someone who has a real passion for helping others? Are you looking to highlight your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? We currently have an exciting opportunity for you to bring your excellent work ethic to our Specialized Mental Health and Substance Use Services or Community Interprofessional Team department.

The role is responsible to the Team Leader of the Specialized Mental Health and Substance Use services or Community Interprofessional Team. Indigenous Wellness Specialists are members of Specialized Mental Health & Substance Use services or the Interprofessional team. This role works in collaboration with the Interprofessional team including Physicians, Nurses, Mobile Support Teams, and other health care providers, to provide trauma informed, culturally safe, harm reduction services that are flexible and community based. This role is designed to promote the stability, recovery and community reintegration of Indigenous individuals who have a mental illness and require substance use supports. The Indigenous Wellness Specialist maintains a caseload and, in collaboration with the interprofessional team, coordinates and provides, in a compassionate and responsible manner, assessment, crises intervention and follow-up services to Indigenous clients and identified supports as required. The Indigenous Wellness Specialist performs all routine team responsibilities including lead responsibility for integrating concurrent treatment with the tasks of other team members. The Indigenous Wellness Specialist will have knowledge of and ability to apply the principals of Harm reduction, and MI, CBT, and Solutions focused therapy when working with the client.

Shift Rotation/Hours of work: Monday to Friday, Days - 08:30 to 17:00

New Wage: As of April 1, 2023, the new wage is: $39.14 - $48.88/hour

Smithers has a population of 5,401 (2021) local residents and is located in the picturesque Bulkley Valley surrounded by three mountain ranges that provide a backdrop for the towns' Alpine setting. Check out Smithers where there is always something new to experience.

What Northern Health has to offer you!
•Comprehensive benefit packages including MSP, extended health/dental and a municipal pension plan for part-time and full-time employees. Casuals have the option of paying for benefits.
•Four weeks vacation with one year of continuous service
•Financial Support for Moving Expenses is available for eligible positions
•Employee referral program
•Employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
•Spectacular outdoor activities and the shortest commutes in BC
•"Loan Forgiveness Programs" are offered through the Federal and BC Government for eligible professions.

•Bachelor's degree (from an accredited educational institution) in an Allied Health, Behavioural or Social Science field relevant to the position plus two (2) years recent, related experience in a health setting working with complex care clients with concurrent disorders.

Skills and Abilities:
Assessment and Treatment: Demonstrated ability to complete initial and ongoing client assessments (clinical and diagnostic reasoning) through appropriate/prescribed technical, therapeutic, safety type interventions.
Broad knowledge of Trauma-Informed Practice, Cultural Safety, Harm Reduction approaches, Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing, CBT, and Solutions focused therapy. Knowledge of the long-term impacts of Colonization and intergenerational trauma on the health and wellbeing of Indigenous persons would be an asset.
Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.
Knowledge Integration: Integrates best practice and current research evidence to support professional practice decisions and actions.
Communication: Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients, families, the public, medical staff and members of the interdisciplinary team using verbal, written, computer communication means. Ability to effectively apply conflict resolution skills.
Critical Thinking: Demonstrated ability to integrate and evaluate pertinent data (from multiple sources) to problem-solve and make decisions effectively. Applies the problem solving process demonstrating critical thinking and decision making skills using a systems approach.
Human Caring and Relationship Centered Practice: Ability to promote client-focused care that demonstrates care for and with clients and significant others, sensitivity to diverse cultures and preferences, client advocacy and social justice concerns.
Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team and collaborates across disciplines.
Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement and empowerment. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovation, implementation of NH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.
Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.
Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Meditech and Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail and word processing. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.
•Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Who we are
Northern Health covers an area of nearly 600,000 square kilometers and offers health services in over two dozen communities and 55 First Nation's communities. We deliver hospital and community-based health care for a population of 300,000.
Employing more than 7,000 staff throughout the region, Northern Health provides exceptional health services for Northerners, through the efforts of dedicated staff and physicians, in partnership with communities and organizations in Northern BC.
There is a wide variety of career opportunities available in our two dozen hospitals, 25 long-term care facilities, public health units and many other offices providing specialized services.