Location: Xet’olacw Community School, Mount Currie, B.C.
Status: .8FTE to 1.0 Full Time (4 days per week or 5 days per week) – Part Time Negotiable
Reporting to: School Principal
Wage/Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Start Date: August 30, 2021
Closing Date: Post until position is filled
Xet’olacw Community School is a Lil’wat Nation school situated 35 minutes north of Whistler, BC in the Mount Currie Community. The School is a modern, dynamic institution with a strong First Nations curriculum as well as academics from N to 12.
Xet’olacw Community School is looking to hire a full time child and youth therapist for their school. The child and youth therapist will work with students aged 4-19 within a school based setting. In addition to being trauma informed, flexible and having experience working with Indigenous students, preferred therapeutic modalities include narrative therapy, expressive arts, and CBT. The successful candidate will demonstrate clear boundaries, strong ethics and a firm understanding of informed consent. The successful candidate will be able to both understand and honour the impact of the history of colonialism on Indigenous communities in their work with the students, their families, the staff and the community.
Key Qualifications and Attributes:
A Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology or equivalent
Excellent communication skills; confidence to role model these skills and engage in them
Be registered with the BCACC, CCPA (certified member) and/or the BCTF
Ability to liaise (or learn to liaise) between Indigenous and non-indigenous culture, work within a team, on various teams and independently
Flexibility and collaborative team player
Engages in consistent and healthy self-care practices
Open to Learning
Provide therapy to children and youth aged 4-18 and carry a caseload of individual clients, co-facilitate group therapy and maintain appropriate records.
Be prepared and comfortable presenting psychoeducation to students in their classrooms (including but not limited to boundaries, abuse prevention, healthy relationships, and mental health information as needed and requested by teaching staff and administration).
Participate in school based teams, inter-agency teams and develop mental health resources when needed
Liaise and attend meetings with other health care professionals and service providers when requested by clients (to best support a circle of care and mental health) and with appropriate informed consent.
Arrive each school day by 8:30 a.m.Be available after hours and on holidays under extenuating circumstances for at risk students and their families.
Create a schedule that outlines your therapeutic caseload and that honours the scheduling needs of the school (and individual classrooms).
Co-facilitate or facilitate teaching classes, group therapy and super courses.
Provide therapy and classroom psychoeducation that is culturally competent, has a clear beginning, middle and end and that is tailored to the needs of the individual or group.
Be available for debriefing and support for staff regarding mental health in the classroom and to support the mental health of the students on your caseload.
Participate in peer supervision and personal supervision as needed or requested.
Be open to participating in culturally oriented activities (including but not limited to; stein Valley hiking, Outdoor-based super courses, learning Ucwalmicwts words and phrases).
Record Keeping: Keep a file for each student including but not limited to the signed permission, Welcome to Counselling Agreement, Informed Consent documents, a record of dates, times, and themes of sessions.
Send cover letter and resume including references.
Upon receiving your information an applicant’s Declaration and Agreement will be sent to be signed.
Verna Stager, Education Director
Xet’olacw Community School
P.O. Box 604, Mount Currie, B.C. V0N 2K0 - Phone: 604 894-6131 / Fax: 604 894-5717
We thank for your interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.