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Contract Youth Worker - Crisis Program

Type: 
Contract
Job Function: 

The youth worker is responsible for the direct implementation of Covenant House Vancouver’s philosophy, policies and principles as they pertain to client care. The youth worker oversees building activity, including client, program, building security, operations and community relations. Provide services to youth living on the street and/or in the community.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Initiate, develop and maintain relationships with service resistant youth 16-24 years of age
  • Assess the needs of and establish ‘plans of care’ for clients
  • Assist clients in identifying attainable short and long-term goals, strategies for meeting these goals, and an action plan for implementation
  • Assist clients in exiting street life, maintaining independence in the community, and/or accessing supported living
  • Provide youth with practical resources including food, clothing, transportation etc
  • Ensure adherence to and role model Covenant House principles and core values
  • Shelter Service to youth age 16-24
  • Conduct intake/admission interview, assessment and develop and manage through daily contact, and individualized Client Plan with youth on caseload for the duration of their stay
  • Support youth with daily routines in the highly structured environment
  • Assess and address the immediate needs of either resident and non-resident youth, especially those who are seeking support when other service providers are closed
  • Address serious behaviour, mental health, emotional, and addictions issues through counselling, implementing Special Covenant, defusing/managing critical incidents, supportive relationships, and referrals to other CHV programs and/or community service providers
  • Assist youth with accessing community support networks
  • Escorts to community resources when requested
  • Coordinate youth meetings and activities
  • Manage crisis intervention and counselling including briefing and debriefing for youth
  • Assist in admission/intake interviews and assessments as needed
  • Accompaniment to appointments, visitation in hospital or independent living situation, 1 to 1 support, risk assessments, supportive counselling
  • Greet clients upon entry to the Drop in, introduce the services provided, orient new clients, complete program intake/admission and assessment, and establish plans
Qualifications: 
  • Diploma or degree in related social service
  • Minimum of 2 years related experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Non-violent crisis intervention certificate
  • Valid first aid certificate
  • Familiar with runaway and street involved youth issues
  • Leadership and team building
  • Basic computer skills
  • Self awareness
Shifts/Hours: 
  • 77 hours per pay period
  • Schedule: Overnights
Other Information: 
  • Limited benefits
  • Preferred start date: July 3, 2017
  • End Date: November 2, 2017
  • Position will be posted until filled
Job Contact Info: 

No phone calls please*

Please attach a cover letter and resume in your application and upload in one file as our system does not allow you to upload more than one file.  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Covenant House Vancouver hires on the basis of merit and ensures quality and diversity in the workplace. Our commitment is to ensure equity in employment without race, colour, ancestry, place of origin, religion, marital status, family status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation or age, except as prescribed by law. We encourage applicants from qualified aboriginal persons, all genders and sexual orientation, persons with disabilities and others with the skills and knowledge to effectively engage with those from diverse backgrounds.  

Please Note:  All candidates must successfully complete a criminal records check prior to commencing employment at Covenant House Vancouver.

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