Clinical Counsellor, Mental Health and Wellness

Job No: HNC7
Location: Haisla, BC


Haisla Nation Council has an immediate opening for:

Clinical Counsellor, Mental Health and Wellness


 Job Title:  Clinical Counsellor, Mental Health and Wellness

 Department:  Health Department


  • Provides crisis support and intervention in the event of a community based critical incident.
  • Provides mental wellness counselling services including individual, group and family sessions, healing/treatment planning, collaborative discharge planning and after care to those impacted by community-based incidents that activate the NHA/FNHA Joint Crisis Response Protocol.
  • Collaborates with community health staff, Traditional Healers, families, and community resources as needed.
  • Provides assessments and screenings as needed upon discovery of the presence of suicide risk and mental health related issues.
  • Provides referrals to external agencies, internal services, Traditional Healers, and other culturally relevant resources.
  • Provides consultation, education and information to individuals, families, community, and caregivers about mental wellness.
  • Evaluates treatment outcomes to ensure effectiveness of services through continuous follow-up plans and actions.
  • Communicates regularly with the Mental Health and Wellness Manager- NHA Region, regarding community incidents.
  • Collaborates with First Nation Health leaders to identify and address gaps, barriers and challenges of service delivery and offer solutions.
  • Develops, recommends, and implements practices and procedures to improve quality access to mental wellness counselling to community and provides advocacy to address barriers of services.
  • Documents and tracks clinical records as per the provided document tracking forms (i.e., EMR, incident reports, workplans).
  • Consults regularly with Team Leader, Clinical Supervision resources, and coworkers regarding incidents statuses, clinical or community-based risk factors not otherwise addressed, and any capacity building needs determined during the incident coordination.
  • Works to infuse Cultural ceremony, tradition, and customs into and around related duties where appropriate and as needed.
  • Assesses and documents systemic barriers and challenges identified as potential pre-disposing factors related to the incident.
  • Collaborates with Team leader, Mental Health Manager, First Nations Leadership, and Health Leads regarding systemic challenges and barriers.
  • Ensures client/family/community confidentiality and privacy in accordance with professional regulatory guidelines and following standards of practice and legal requirements.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned.
  • Following the Haisla Nation Council’s personnel policy.


  • A Master’s degree in Counselling, Psychology, or a relevant human services field.
  • Up to date registration and in good standing with professional regulatory body.
  • Advance training in threat/risk assessment and/or trauma response Occupational Certification.
  • Current valid B.C. driver’s license and willingness to submit a driver’s abstract.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience working with complex social systems or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Minimum of 2 years working with threat/risk and trauma assessment, intervention, and post-intervention.
  • Experience working with First Nations people and communities.
  • Knowledge of various therapeutic and counselling modalities.
  • Experience work from a trauma informed, culturally sensitive perspective.
  • Knowledge of assessment and screening tools and modalities in determining suicide and violence risk and threat.
  • Knowledge of relevant socio-historical events relevant to First Nations in Canada.
  • Knowledge of the importance of critical reflection in practice.
  • Familiarity with traditional healing practices, customs, values, and traditions of local First Nations.
  • Excellent communication skill.
  • In-depth knowledge of cultural safety and agility.
  • Ability to use critical self-reflection in practice.
  • An understanding of rural and remote communities and their inherent challenges and barriers.
  • Understanding and ability to practice with Nation based, community driven philosophy.
  • Ability to practices from an individual/family/community perspective.
  • Ability to balance western and traditional Indigenous worldviews in practice.
  • Aware of and applies professional ethics and approaches to resolve ethical dilemmas.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of allied professionals, formal and informal community leaders, and knowledge keepers and/or Elders.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

Closing Date:  This job posting will continue to be posted until filled.

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The Haisla Nation is the band government of the Haisla people. Our mission is to build a powerful, prosperous and proud community, healthy in mind, body and spirit.

We believe in building a strong and thriving community, with healthy and happy members and a sustained and prosperous environment.

We are about 1800 people, with the majority living in Kitamaat Village. We have lived off the land and waters of our traditional territory for thousands of years, and it remains the focus of all we do.

We believe that careful and appropriate economic development will bring our people necessary self-sufficiency. Sustainable and realistic economic opportunities are increasingly available, and promise benefits for our people – and for every British Columbian.

We know that in order to attain strength and independence our Nation must work together – with government, business, the community, and internally – with a spirit of respect and partnership.

Haisla Nation Council