The Líl̓wat Nation is seeking a Mental Health Counsellor to join its dynamic and progressive team.

Location:         Lílwat Nation, Mount Currie, BC
Status:              Permanent Full-Time
Reporting to:  Director of Community Health, Recreation and Daycare

The Mental Health Counsellor provides individual and group counselling support, advocacy, and psycho-education that assists clients on their holistic healing paths.

He/she will create a safe space for the client(s) to learn new tools, share experiences, and gain insights necessary for change. The emphasis on this work will be on healing from various forms of trauma and addiction. The counsellor should have working knowledge of the impacts of the Indian Residential School experience, impacts of the foster care experience, and cultural appropriateness within the community.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills
  • Professional training and experience working with addictions, trauma, and specifically with both residential school trauma and impacts of the foster care experience
  • Psycho-education
  • Experience with referrals
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, including: cultural competency, courtesy, tact, discretion, providing detailed explanations, persuasion, interpretation, negotiation, counselling and diplomacy
  • Excellent systematic written communication skills including: case files, treatment plans, quarterly and annual reports, professional correspondence, program development and program materials
  • Ability to manage time and work-related pressures including instances of unpleasant client interaction.
  • Self-motivated, committed, very organized and sensitive to the needs of clients
  • Code of ethics and professional standard of practice
  • High level of confidentiality for the protection of the client
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team


  • Serve as a role model by practicing personal wellness plan
  • Represent the health centre and maintain professional relationships with community agencies and clients, providing expertise in the field of counselling
  • Screen and assess client’s needs
  • Develop and implement treatment plans that cover both mental health and substance use disorders
  • Document and maintain cases files in a thorough and timely manner
  • Provide individual and group counselling
  • Participate in client and program evaluations.
  • Advocate for and refer clients to other appropriate professionals.
  • Develop and provide mental wellness information services (literature, workshops, videos, Internet)


  • Master’s degree in Counselling, Counselling Psychology or Social Work from a recognized program
  • Three (3) years recent related experience providing professional services to clients who experience trauma related problems and/or substance abuse issues
  • Experience working in First Nations communities is preferred

A very good compensation package, including Group Insurance Benefits, Vacation and Salary, will be provided, along with the opportunity to make a real professional difference.

Líl̓wat Nation, also known as Mount Currie, is a large community of approximately 2000 members situated a half hour’s drive north of Whistler (a two hour drive north of Vancouver).

Please forward a current résumé, covering letter and employment references no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 to:

Fiona Milton, Administrative Assistant
Líl’wat Nation, PO Box 602, Mount Currie, BC   V0N 2K0