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Youth and Family Counsellor - BC Children's Hospital


In a hospital-based psychiatric assessment and treatment program, the Youth and Family Counsellor works collaboratively as part of an interprofessional team within an evidence-based Trauma Informed model of care, to support all aspects of therapeutic care of patients with behavioural, emotional, and psychiatric problems and their families/caregivers.  Under the direction of the Clinical Nurse Coordinator or designate, Youth and Family Counsellors are responsible for maintaining a physically and emotionally safe therapeutic milieu, providing activities and care appropriate to the child and adolescent’s stage of development, and transports patients to designated locations by operating the Centre’s vehicle. Youth and Family Counsellors are responsible for supportive counselling, and psychosocial assessment, including working with families/caregivers in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures 



In this role, you will:

  • Assess patients’ emotional and behavioural presentation, through the application of developmental theory, skills in Child and Youth Care, and trauma informed care.  Communicate this assessment to the primary nurse and/or interprofessional team using appropriate methods including written documentation as per agency standards. 
  • Support children and youth in lifespan development activities in the context of their psychiatric disorder, through supportive counselling, strategic interventions, psychosocial development, and guidance in activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and therapeutic meal support. 
  • Participate and contribute to patient care plan development, treatment strategies and intervention development with the assigned primary nurse and the interprofessional team by methods such as reviewing patient progress, discussing potential changes with team, and adjusting care strategies accordingly. Implement treatment team strategies and interventions as approved by the primary nurse and interprofessional team. 
  • Collect and document pertinent patient information related to patient admission, progress notes, weekend pass outcomes and transition planning as required.  Participate in patient and family/caregivers meetings, rounds and case conferences as required. 


You hold:

  • A Baccalaureate in Child and Youth Care, or a Baccalaureate of Arts with a Major in Psychology or Clinical Counselling, that includes course content relevant to Child and Youth Mental Health such as Infant, Child, and Adolescent Development, Fundamentals of Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Group and Family Processes. 
  • Two (2) years’ recent related experience working in a child and youth setting. 
  • Valid Class 4 driver’s license. 
  • Current CPR certification. 


You have a:

  • Broad knowledge of the normal growth and development of children and youth 
  • Basic knowledge of mental health disorders in children and youth. 
  • Broad knowledge of Trauma Informed Care including Collaborative Problem Solving. 
  • Broad Knowledge of Attachment and Self Regulation Theory and Strategies. 
  • Broad knowledge of and demonstrated ability in recognizing and managing transference and counter-transference. 
  • Broad knowledge of and demonstrated ability in engaging and supporting individuals, milieu, and group processes.
  • Demonstrated initiative in providing and participating in age appropriate activities. 
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, adjust to new or unexpected events, and to deal effectively with conflict situations. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team environment. 
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Demonstrated ability to organize work. 
  • Demonstrated ability to apply computer skills and operate related equipment. 
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.



If this sounds like you, apply now!



About Us


BC Children's Hospital (BCCH) cares for the province's most acutely ill or injured children and youth, provides developmental and rehabilitation services to children and youth throughout BC, and offers a broad range of health services. Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (SHHC), a leading provincial facility offering specialized services to children and youth with developmental disabilities from birth to age 17, works collaboratively with BCCH. SHHC focuses on the child and their family while supporting health care professionals in their community. BCCH also operates a wide number of specialized health programs, is a leading acute care teaching facility, and conducts research to advance health and care through the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute and in partnership with the University of British Columbia.


We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self.



  • 84995
  • Regular, Full-Time 
  • Wage: $30.75 - $38.33 per hour
  • Rotating Shifts, Rotating Hours
  • 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 2N9



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Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #84995-2328477
Work SiteChildren's & Women's Hlth Cntr
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Salary/Rate$30.75 - $38.33 / Hour
Hours of WorkRotating
Work DaysRotating
Expiry Date27-Sep-2019

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