Clinician, Short Term Assessment and Response Team (START) - Abbotsford

City Abbotsford
Job ID 2022-33815
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
5 days ago(6/1/2023 1:16 PM)
Employment Type
Full Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
D: 0900-1830 E/WE: 1145-2115
Days Off
Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Salary at Time of Posting
$40.53 - $50.62 / hour

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health continues to be recognized as one of BC's Top Employers, are you someone who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others?


Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations. Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.


We have an exciting Full Time opportunity.


Effective October 26th, 2021, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines). Please note this applies to all postings, and individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.


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Come work with dedicated health care providers who are enthusiastic and committed to provide quality healthcare to our clients/patients/residents. We invite you to find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health as an excellent place to work. Work hard and have fun while you do it.

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Detailed Overview

The Clinician, Short Term Assessment and Response Team (START) provides comprehensive assessment, treatment and referral coordination for adolescents/families in acute crisis, educates and consults with hospital and community personnel, networks with community agencies, participates in research and assists in program and resource development.


  1. Conducts comprehensive assessments to identify client and family's social, emotional and cultural needs and in order to formulate appropriate treatment recommendations.
  2. Assesses the need for psychiatric evaluation and makes arrangements for this utilizing the community psychiatrist available to the program.
  3. Provides comprehensive therapeutic clinical counseling by providing short-term individual and family therapy, utilizing various therapy and intervention models such as Brief Therapy Model and Crisis Intervention Model.
  4. Develops treatment plans and acts as case manager, liaising and consulting with community resources.
  5. Provides consultative and direct services to clients, families and staff, regarding community resources and access to these resources in order to facilitate an effective continuum of services between hospital and community.
  6. Assists in the development and delivery of in-services, education sessions, presentations and training to clients, families, staff and other caregivers through methods such as collaborating with staff, determining relevant content and required handouts, conducting literature searches and planning and coordinating seminars.
  7. Networks with community agencies and Fraser Health hospitals to develop relationships that enhance intra-agency/hospital cooperation.
  8. Participates in ongoing social research as required.
  9. Completes statistics, case records, assessment reports and other relevant documentation according to the policies and procedures established by the program. Analyzes and assists with interpretation of those statistics.
  10. Participates in program and community resource development from both the hospital and community perspective, in order to respond to identified gaps of service and recognize client/family needs.
  11. Attends team meetings and multi-disciplinary meetings as required.
  12. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

Master's Degree in an applicable social or health sciences program such as Counseling Psychology.

Two (2) years of recent, related experience in adolescent crisis intervention in a mental health setting or hospital emergency department, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Eligible for registration with the relevant professional association. Valid BC Driver's License and access to personal vehicle for work-related purposes.

Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Crisis Intervention Theory and demonstrated skill in crisis intervention with adolescents and families.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Systems Theory and an ability to incorporate this into both the mental health assessments and treatment intervention.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in group and family therapy.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the developmental stages of the individual and within the family life cycle and of the issues that may occur in relation to this.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the broad range issues pertaining to adolescent mental health problems, including issues related to substance misuse among adolescents and families.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the diagnostic criteria pertaining to the psychiatric diagnoses most prevalent in the adolescent population.
  • Ability to establish rapport with clients and families in order to explore issues beyond the initial presenting concerns.
  • Knowledge and ability to conduct social science research.
  • Ability to organize workload and prioritize responsibilities and ability to work effectively with others, both within the hospital and with community agencies utilizing a multi-disciplinary team model.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize and prioritize work in continuously changing and complex environment.
  • Problem solving and decision making skills and ability to exercise sound judgement.
  • Ability to deal effectively with others.
  • Physical ability to perform duties of the job.


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