Careers with MYS
Application deadline: 18-06-2021
SUMMARY: Macdonald Youth Services is looking for an experienced Assessment Clinician for a Full Time position within Centralized Intake and Assessment Services. The Assessment Clinician provides screening, intake, assessment and referral services for children and youth in care within MYS Healing Homes Programs.
Reporting to the Manager, Centralized Intake and Assessment and Manager, Clinical Services, the Assessment Clinician utilizes evidence-based tools to complete a comprehensive assessment of each child/youth’s strengths and needs, functioning and available resources, and provides recommendations for placement and therapeutic interventions.
The Assessment Clinician collaborates with internal and external resources, family, caregivers, community supports and agencies to ensure the needs and strengths of each child/youth are identified and ensures youth-centric outcomes.
The Assessment Clinician’s duties and responsibilities are carried out within a trauma and resiliency informed framework that promotes MYS’ Therapeutic Model of Care, including the agency Mission, Guiding Principles and the Circle of Courage® values. Duties are performed within a team environment that focuses on establishing collaborative and trusting relationships with one another and with agency clients. Providing culturally competent services and ensuring client safety, choice and control are priorities at MYS.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: of the Assessment Clinician include, but are not limited to:
- Reviews client referral information and screens for suitability for placement;
- Provides Centralized Intake coverage as needed;
- Directs and coordinates the assessment process for each child/youth upon admission;
- Completes screening and risk assessments and safety plans for all children and youth referred to MYS Healing Homes;
- Completes a comprehensive assessment for each child/youth and makes recommendations for therapeutic interventions and clinical supports;
- Collaborates with the child/youth, guardian, family, collaterals and care providers during the assessment process to ensure that all aspects of the child/youth’s physical, mental, social, emotional, cultural, and spiritual needs are acknowledged and addressed in the development of recommendations that promote safety, wellbeing and the preservation of family and community;
- Provides clinical consultation and topic specific training as needed to assist staff and caregivers in developing greater awareness, skills or strategies consistent with a trauma-informed approach to healing and recovery;
- Consults with the MYS Centralized Intake Panel routinely to facilitate the best standard of care for our children and youth;
- Represents MYS in multi-system meetings as necessary;
- Maintains appropriate documentation of all clinical activities;
- Creates an environment that supports personal development, wellness, and encourages MYSs values and mission;
- Reviews client care plan documentation, in consultation with the Clinical Manager, to ensure compliance with MYS standards and provides constructive feedback where required;
- Provide on-call support to programs;
- Other duties as assigned or assumed to meet the needs of the agency.
The successful candidate should demonstrate the following competencies, which incorporate the Seven Sacred Teachings;
Bravery/Courage – Bear
Continuously seek opportunities that benefit youth by taking initiative and championing new ideas.
Initiate creative planning and problem solving: be an advocate for positive change.
Actively advocate for youth, both within the shelter and throughout the various systems that have an impact on the lives of our youth.
Demonstrate the ability to adapt to changing circumstances or conditions with flexibility and compassion.
Respect – Buffalo
Build positive and caring relationships with youth, focusing on meeting their needs in all four directions of the medicine wheel.
Build positive and caring relationships with other staff members, based on mutual respect.
Acknowledge and advocate for teachings and/or spiritual practices and beliefs and incorporate them into daily living whenever possible.
Honesty – Saabe
Perform with good intention, take responsibility, and follow through on commitments.
Demonstrate effective communication by sharing information, asking questions, and active listening.
Role model positive practices and ethics with an ability to represent the organization in a positive manner.
Love – Eagle
Role model healthy, caring, and respectful relationships.
Recognize the gifts that all people bring and allow people to share those gifts, even if different from our own understanding.
Show an understanding of love in the form of appropriate and effective self-care strategies.
Wisdom – Beaver
Demonstrate a good understanding of the impacts of inter-generational and historical trauma, colonization and the impacts of residential schools.
Demonstrate respect, knowledge, and awareness of Indigenous cultures, languages, traditions, and ways of being and knowing
Demonstrate knowledge of the impacts of the Child and Family Services and Community Living Disability systems, particularly in the context of Indigenous communities
Humility – Wolf
Understand that youth come to us with complex histories, stories and needs. Demonstrate clear understanding of personal triggers and biases in order to not take youths behaviours personally.
Demonstrate critical self-reflection, an ongoing willingness to learn, and an understanding of power and privilege (race, ability, sexuality, gender, as staff members, etc.) and how our positionality impacts our work with youth.
Truth – Turtle
Gather relevant information, recognize patterns and themes in the data, generate and consider multiple alternatives and make decisions in a timely manner.
Analytical and critical thinker, particularly in regard to engaging and planning youth
- Master’s Degree in an applicable human services field with potential for professional designation with a minimum of five (5) years work experience in a supervised clinical setting working with children and youth;
- Demonstrated experience related to the understanding and completion of standardized assessment tools and the implementation of evidence-based therapeutic interventions with children, youth and/or families;
- Experience developing comprehensive risk assessments and safety plans, care plans and SMART goals;
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the strengths and therapeutic needs of children, youth and families involved in Child Welfare Services;
- Familiarity with multiple techniques and demonstrating knowledge of best practice treatments and trauma-focused interventions for children and youth with complex needs;
- Formal training in psychometrics and the areas of child development, family dynamics, trauma treatment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, trauma-informed care, expressive techniques and other modalities;
- Excellent written and oral communication skills;
- Strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team;
- Demonstrated proficiency working with Microsoft Office at an intermediate level;
- Valid Driver’s license.
- Knowledge of Indigenous healing modalities, ceremonies, languages and cultures would be considered an asset;
- Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, School Psychology, or other related clinical disciplines;
- Certification in standardized assessment applicable for children, youth and families.
SALARY RANGE: Depending on qualifications, per annum. MYS offers a competitive benefit package and pension plan.
HOURS OF WORK: 35 Hours a week. Monday to Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Please forward a cover letter and resume by June 18, 2021 to email@example.com.
MYS is an equal opportunity employer, Indigenous people, women, visible minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. MYS is committed to developing and retaining a diverse workforce. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. For further information about our other employment and volunteer opportunities please visit our website www.mys.ca/careers.