Youth Care Worker II, AIS Internalizing Day

Youth Care Worker II, AIS Internalizing Day

14 Sep
IWK Health Centre

14 Sep

IWK Health Centre


Department/Program: AIS Addictions Day and Out Client, Mental Health & Addictions Program

Type of Employment: Permanent Hourly FT (100% FTE) x 1 position(s)

Req ID: 119212

Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit

Compensation: $24.4169 - $32.3014/hour

Posting Date: September 14, 2021

Closing Date: September 28, 2021

Start Date: ASAP

IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. The IWK is committed to a workplace where our staff, physicians, learners and volunteers reflect the patients,

families and communities that we serve. We seek and encourage applicants who reflect our broad diversity, and we are committed to reducing barriers to employment and career growth.

Position Summary

Adolescent Intensive Services is a mental health and addictions treatment setting that provides Day, 24/5, and 24/7 treatment services to adolescents between the ages of 13 up to 19 years of age. The Youth Care Worker participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team to assist in providing holistic and comprehensive treatment to meet the needs of adolescents who present with significant mental health and/or substance use challenges causing them to experience functional impairment at school, home and/or in the community. Utilizing an attachment-based model (CONNECT), AIS works with clients and families to enhance adaptive living skills, address underpinning biopsychosocial issues and to assist in improving their function at home, in the community and at school.

Reporting to the Manager of Adolescent Intensive Services, and under the leadership and supervision of regulated health care providers, the Youth Care Worker collaborates with the inter-professional team members and partners to provide quality physical and psychosocial care. The Youth Care Worker works to provide supervision and guidance regarding mental and physical health, daily living skills, community integration and advocacy for children and their families. The Youth Care Worker builds constructive supportive relationships; ensuring client confidentiality and professional boundaries.

The Youth Care Worker, under the direction of an interdisciplinary mental health and addictions team, provides quality emotional and physical care to clients in a 24-hour inpatient and day program setting; assists with developing individualized treatment plans and is responsible to implement that plan; provides information, training, education and support to parents and caregivers; develops and implements program related activities; maintains documentation of client care; manages disruptive and aggressive behaviours using non-violent crisis intervention and de-escalation skills. The Youth Care Worker could be reassigned to other Mental Health and Addictions units as operationally required.

Hours of Work

Monday – Friday; 8am-4pm (7.5hrs shifts)


Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in Child and Youth Care Studies or a Diploma from an accredited 2 year program in Child and Youth Care Studies.

CYC Practitioner certification preferred.

Minimum one (1) year experience in a mental health and addictions with children as adolescents as applicable to the specific care area required; two (2) - three (3) years preferred.

Demonstrated understanding of child and adolescent mental health diagnoses.

Demonstrated competency in clinical documentation.

Demonstrated ability to manage challenging behaviours in a residential setting setting.

Successful completion of a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Basic Life Support (BLS) Program within the last 12 months or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate required.

Non Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) certification required.

Demonstrated knowledge of child and adolescent development.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Demonstrated ability to lead evidence based groups.

Demonstrates knowledge of the IWK’s mission, vision and values and commitment to Family Centred Care.

Demonstrated competency and experience in Collaborative Problem Solving Model required.

Demonstrated appropriate judgement in establishing a therapeutic interaction with client population.

Competency in other languages considered an asset, French, preferred.

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