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Team Leader, Mental Health & Addictions (permanent Full Time)

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Dease Lake, BC
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Full Time
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In accordance with established vision and values of the organization, and in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority and First Nations communities; the Mental Health & Addiction Mobile Support Team Leader provides line leadership, supervision, clinical support, service delivery level problem solving to the multi-disciplinary team up to and including 8 Paramedical/Nurses FTEs, and provides direct mental health & addiction client care as required .

The Mobile Support Team Leader is responsible for providing and developing services to maintain or improve the health and social well-being and functioning of First Nations communities. The Team Leader works to deliver high quality, client focused programs across the continuum of community services and provides liaison to local communities and agencies, and other service providers. In collaboration with the Manager, the Team Leader is also responsible for the planning, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of clinical practice to ensure quality client care outcomes.

The Team Leader provides direction to the Mobile Support Team in delivering Mental Health & Addiction services outreach to First Nations communities by ensuring a continuum of services are provided, such as: prevention, promotion, and education; assessments and care planning for individuals and families; consultation on cultural and clinical interventions; and crisis response when communities are impacted by critical events.

The Mental Health & Addiction Team Leader is either a Social Worker who is registered with and practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW); or a Clinical Counsellor who is registered with and practices in accordance with the standards of professional practice and code of ethics as outlined by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).


- Master's Degree in Social Work or Clinical Counselling from an accredited university.

- Four (4) years recent, related experience including experience in individual, family and group modalities of practice in the clinical specialty of the assigned area. One (1) year recent experience in a leadership capacity; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

- Current registration with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) or the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC).

- Valid BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for business related purposes.

- Travel is a requirement of this position; and flexibility in relation to work schedules and locations may be required

- Experience working with BC First Nations organizations and communities.

- Knowledge of the health and wellness governance landscape in First Nations health in BC, particularly relative to mental wellness.

- Knowledge of theories, practices and principles relative to mental wellness, suicide prevention, and mental health emergency response, particularly relative to First Nations in BC, including the current programs and services available.

- Knowledge of Aboriginal/First Nations mental wellness health system needs, including mental health and wellness issues that face BC First Nations.

- Knowledge of, and ability to apply, an understanding of First Nations cultural principles and protocols and ability to manage conflict in a respectful and culturally relevant and safe manner.


Management: Demonstrated ability to organize work, set objectives and establish priorities. Manages time and resources, implements activities to promote cooperation among the interdisciplinary team, supervises responsibilities of others, and collaborates across disciplines.

Leadership: Promotes staff morale, engagement, and risk-taking. Demonstrates creative planning for change and innovations, implementation of NH policies or other protocols, and ongoing professional development of self and others.

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 the members of the interdisciplinary team using, oral written and computer communication means. Demonstrated ability to effectively resolve conflict.

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.

Teamwork: Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and a commitment to excellence in the provision of client care.

Teaching: Ability to teach clients and others both one-on-one and in groups.

Equipment: Demonstrated computer skills including the use of Windows based programs. Demonstrated data analysis skills including appropriate data analysis and reporting tools. Demonstrated ability in the use of e-mail, word processing, and spreadsheets. Ability to operate other related equipment as required in the specific practice area.

Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.


The Stikine region is one of the most spectacular pristine wilderness areas remaining virtually untamed. The Stikine Region encompasses an area of 153,600 sq. km. and is the home of the Stikine River, one of the last free-flowing wilderness rivers in North America. The Stikine Region and Dease Lake are considered remote. Amenities usually taken for granted are absent. While there are basic services and goods available, mail orders and/or special deliveries are common. Dease Lake does have a small airport with regular scheduled flights from Smithers three times a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Dease Lake is a government center, supply and service point. Dease Lake offers affordable housing and natural splendor that support a balanced lifestyle. What Dease Lake may lack in amenities, it makes up for in natural beauty and outdoor adventure such as camping, horseback riding, river rafting, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, jet-boating, wildlife viewing guided tours and flight-seeing.

Posted: April 24, 2017
Closes:May 24, 2017
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