Metis Community Services Society of BC Job Posting

#201 – 2949 Pandosy St., Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
Phone: 250-868-0351 Fax: 250-868-0359 Website:

Position Summary
The Métis Community Services Society of BC (MCSBC) has a mandate from the Métis citizens to provide integrated, holistic, family centered, wrap-around services to all those who need assistance, with special emphasis on Aboriginal populations, specifically Métis populations. We are responsible for the development and implementation of a full complement of child services from preventative to Child Protection, via a unique relationship where co-located MCFD social workers are in our office working closely with the team and management.

MCSBC is currently seeking a qualified full time Aboriginal Child and Youth Trauma Therapist. The Aboriginal Child and Youth Trauma Therapist promotes culturally appropriate services that focus therapy supports, tools and service to support and foster a healthy Aboriginal family system, in a wrap-around style of service. The MCSBC Aboriginal Child and Youth Trauma Therapist works closely with the Métis Family Therapist; answering to the Executive Director, and promotes a positive and healthy lifestyle.

Therapist will provide direct therapeutic services to Aboriginal children, youth and their families using trauma informed evidenced based practice interventions that can specifically address traumatic symptoms or experiences due to abuse, neglect, unplanned separation or other traumas. Individual and family interventions will be tailored for implementation in the home environment. Therapist will work a flexible work schedule to allow for after school and evening appointments, as necessary.

The MCSBC Aboriginal Child and Youth Trauma Therapist shall be responsible for the following:
• Works as part of a multidisciplinary team with a wrap-around style to perform assessments, coordinate client care, and provide treatment services that are culturally appropriate for Métis/Aboriginal children and youth with severe mental health issues and personal trauma, family loss, and intergenerational loss.
• Conducts psychosocial assessment on Métis children and youth experiencing severe behavioural, social, emotional disturbances and serious mental health problems.
• Collaborates with multidisciplinary team and consults with provides treatment services that are sensitive to Métis/Aboriginal culture.
• Establishes and maintains relationships based on respect and understanding initiates and participates in weekly Métis clinical support meetings.
• Work closely with and upon the advice of the Métis Family Therapist who will serve as a mentor the Metis Child and Youth Trauma Therapist.
• Experience working with varied family systems, including extended family, foster parents, and adoptive parents.
• Taking part in community events will be part of job requirement.

• Graduation with a Master’s degree from a recognized university with acceptable specialization in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology or in another psychological specialty relevant to the position.
• Accreditation through British Columbia Association of Clinical Councilors OR Canadian Counseling Association.
• Knowledge of Aboriginal culture with preference to Métis culture, general lifestyle of Aboriginal people and traditional lifestyles.
• Experience in the provision of psychological services (including mental health services), such as assessment, counseling or other psychological services with Aboriginal children and youth.
• Knowledge of social, cultural and recreational needs and interests of Métis and other urban Aboriginal families, children and youth.
• Ability to work professionally, collaboratively with Metis/Aboriginal families as well as MCFD, MCSBC personnel and the Métis community.
• Satisfactory criminal records check.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

• High level of motivation and ability to work with minimal supervision
• Team player
• Personal, approachable and supportive demeanor to work with Métis/Aboriginal Families
• High level of enthusiasm
• Ability to work well with others
• Ability to handle high levels of stress when necessary and ability to adapt well to changing circumstances

Interested applicants are invited to submit a detailed resume and cover letter, including three references via EMAIL to:

#201 – 2949 Pandosy St.
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1W1
Attn: Kelly L’Hirondelle

Deadline for Applications: May 15th, 2014 at 4:00pm.

MCSBC is exempt and allowed to give preference in hiring Métis applicants under Section 16 of Federal Charter of Human Rights Act

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