Indigenous Liaison Clinician - Early Psychosis Intervention Program

City Surrey
Job ID 2023-47131
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Employment Type
Part Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Days Off
Saturday, Statutory, Sunday
Mental Health & Substance Use Services

Salary range

The salary range for this position is CAD $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 nearly 45,000 medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.


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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Detailed Overview

In collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team, provides clinical and liaison services through an Indigenous lens to clients identified as First Nations, Métis and Inuit in community programs throughout the Fraser Salish region who are taking part in the Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) Program. Incorporates traditional Indigenous models of health and healing into clinical assessment, planning care, treatment, consultation and follow-up, applying the Provincial EPI Standards and Guidelines and the Early Psychosis Carepath in a way that honours and respects cultural practices and protocols. Utilizes the case management model including assessing clients' mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health and substance use status, formulating a plan of care, implementing planned care and evaluating outcomes. Provides assertive outreach for clients experiencing vulnerability due to barriers in accessing services. Shares knowledge with team members in caring for Indigenous clients, and provides mental health and substance use education to clients, families and communities. Partners with clients, caregivers, facility managers and staff of relevant community and regulatory agencies, First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), Métis Nation BC, First Nations communities and Métis Chartered Communities. Participates in program planning, policy development, research and evaluation to develop and deliver culturally safe mental health and substance use services for Indigenous peoples. Reports clinically to same discipline Clinical Lead as required.


  1. Functions as a primary therapist and case manager. Provides diagnostic client assessment, short- and long-term individual, group, and family mental health and concurrent disorder therapy, using a variety of interviewing, counselling and assessment methods in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices. Manages client cases and formulates treatment plans and goals with the client and their circle of care, in conjunction with appropriate facility staff, including joint care plans with facility Managers of Care, assigned agency staff, and other services. Uses crisis intervention and outreach as required.
  2. In consultation and collaboration with local Indigenous communities, acts to enhance, maintain, and/or develop culturally safe and accessible health services for Indigenous clients, including organizing engagement and informational events as needed.
  3. Facilitates clients' utilization of appropriate community services and rehabilitative programs by performing duties such as researching available services, liaising with these agencies, providing related advice and consultation to clients, and providing referrals, warm hand-over, and follow-up with appropriate community treatment programs and services. Utilizes available community resources to develop supportive and rehabilitative programs for adult clients and their families. Makes arrangements for clients to be admitted to hospital when required, including on an involuntary basis.
  4. Provides client care linkages between community mental health and substance use services and acute care facilities, including liaising with tertiary and acute care hospitals, and the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital to ensure appropriate referrals of clients and to facilitate assessment and care planning for client discharge from hospital. Liaises with community outpatient clinics and treatment programs. Exchanges relevant client information and receives information about the status and background of clients who will be discharged or referred, in order to make necessary preparations for provision of a smooth continuum of care between acute care and community mental health and substance use services.
  5. Assesses clients for placement to and discharge from care facilities, including specialized care licensed facilities, family care homes, congregate care homes and semi-independent living units, by determining eligibility and type and level of care required. Makes arrangements for client placement and care in care facilities by liaising with facility operators, placing client names on wait lists, assisting clients to make moving arrangements, and completing necessary referrals and forms. Follows up with clients by visiting them at their accommodation and assessing the appropriateness and cultural safety of the facility and the level of care including access to cultural supports and traditional healing practices. Adjusts placements as required.
  6. Provides support and direction to clients requiring enhanced case management by monitoring their mental health and substance use status, assessing their social adjustment and ability to perform routine life activities including managing money and taking medication regularly. Provides follow-up care and services as required, including providing referrals to other healthcare professionals such as Recreational Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Psychiatrists and providing the option to connect clients with cultural supports and services. Updates the Clinical Coordinator on the status of client treatment and progress, as well as significant and unusual issues, developments, and circumstances.
  7. Maintains client records and statistics, prepares reports, and completes forms and clinical documentation as required, in accordance with Fraser Health policies and standards, including clinical record standards of Mental Health & Substance Use Services. Obtains consent forms for release of client information.
  8. Through the building of relationships and presence/visibility in local Indigenous communities, supports early identification of potential first episode clients and facilitates subsequent engagement with early psychosis intervention services.
  9. Advocates on behalf of clients by performing duties such as providing clients with information about appeal processes, providing information about clients to relevant Ministries, and assisting clients to complete forms. Acts as a resource for clients and their families.
  10. Provides education to clients, their families, First Nations and Métis communities, and staff of care facilities and other agencies, regarding mental health and substance use and existing community programs and services.
  11. Provides health promotion services to individuals, families, and Indigenous communities to increase awareness of the Early Psychosis Intervention Program, early identification of psychotic disorder, and how to access services and supports.
  12. Provides appropriate information and culturally specific materials and resources to staff of the local mental health centres, treatment and care facilities, and other agencies who work with Indigenous clients with mental health concerns.
  13. Reviews and adapts relevant information material. Participates in continuing education programs to keep up to date with current trends and research. Assists with orientation of new staff, students.
  14. Participates in quality improvement and risk management activities for assigned area by performing duties such as participating in quality initiatives, providing feedback to the Clinical Coordinator about needs and gaps in programs and services, and suggesting solutions and initiatives to assist in the development and maintenance of a coordinated mental health and substance use care system within the community.
  15. Participates as a member of local committees and advisory boards to provide and receive information as a representative of the clinical team, as assigned.
  16. Participates in clinical research and program evaluation activities relevant to the needs of clients, families, Indigenous communities, and the EPI program, by providing information as requested in accordance with Ownership, Control, Access and Possession (OCAP) principles and the notion of "nothing about us, without us".
  17. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education, Training and Experience


Master's Degree in a relevant health related discipline such as Clinical Counselling or Social Work. Eligible for registration with relevant professional association. One (1) year of recent, related experience in a community, outreach or clinical psychiatric setting working with Indigenous peoples in a health or social services environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Valid B.C. Driver's license and access to own vehicle, with appropriate business insurance coverage.


Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultural practices, beliefs and values, historical and current factors particularly as they relate to mental health, wellness and healing, and health outcomes for First Nations, Inuit and Métis people.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to practice with humility, cultural competence, and a trauma-informed clinical perspective.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to respectfully, empathetically and effectively engage with Indigenous clients, families and communities, and liaise and collaborate appropriately across the clinical team and health continuum.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge and understanding of early psychosis and associated pharmacological issues.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of community resources including Indigenous-specific programs and services and methods of access, networking and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate and apply government and health region policies, standards, and protocol requirements.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of crisis and clinical risk management approaches to community mental health care, mental health status assessment, clinical diagnoses and medication management.
  • Demonstrated clinical skills including supportive, counseling and cognitive-behavioural interventions, client assessment, family intervention, psychosocial rehabilitation and case management skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the area of concurrent disorders.
  • Ability to set priorities, organize work and manage caseload independently and effectively under pressure and during times of change,
  • Ability to learn new methodologies, ideas, and concepts.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


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