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NARSF Programs Employment Postings

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  • Care Home Opportunities (ongoing)
  • Intake, Youth/Family Counsellor – Maternity Leave Replacement

Care Home Opportunities (Nanaimo)

NARSF Programs is seeking families/caregivers with the ability to provide care and support to youth in need of detoxification and stabilization living in the Nanaimo area. We offer training and support while you provide nurturing in a youth-friendly, structured environment. A reliable vehicle, criminal record check, and references are required. If you are interested, willing to work within a harm reduction model, have a home you are willing to share and would like to make a difference, please contact the Transitions Program at (250) 754-2773 for more information. NARSF Programs welcomes applications from all qualified applicants including but not limited by those of any sex, ethnicity, orientation, or disability. Funding for this program is provided through Island Health Youth and Family Substance Use Services.

Child, Youth and Family (Nanaimo)

There is currently 1 posting in Child, Youth and Family Programs

Intake, Youth/Family Counsellor, LIFT Program 28 hrs/wk, Maternity Leave Replacement

The Living in Families with Teens (LIFT) program is an open community referral program for parents and teenagers experiencing family challenges. LIFT provides referred parents and teenagers a safe, confidential, culturally sensitive, strength-based counselling experience.

As a member of LIFT team and under the supervision of the Team Leader\Clinical Director, the Intake, Youth/Family Counsellor builds relationship with referred families utilizing knowledge of child development, attachment, positive parenting practices and family systems theory to facilitate improved parental capacity and resiliency for maintaining healthy family functioning. Through family, couple and individual sessions, the counsellor helps parents/guardians and youth explore family relationships, recognize strengths, understand teen behaviours, build confidence in parenting, strategize ways of managing conflict and reduce family tension while building better connections.

If you have a Bachelor of Arts degree, 3 or more years of related counselling experience working with families raising children and youth and can work within a multi-disciplinary environment, apply in confidence with a resume and cover letter to: Office Manager no later than December 12th, 2018 (noon PST). A criminal record check and positive work references are requirements for the position. NARSF is an equal opportunity employer and invites applications from all persons. Thank you in advance to all those who apply, however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Specific functions:


Provide intake functions and develop assessment and treatment planning to address the presenting needs of youth and families referred to the LIFT Program.

Implement and evaluate interventions for referred youth and families by providing planning and monitoring of progress with ongoing changes as appropriate

Provide appropriate venues and service environments that reflect the needs of youth and families to promote optimal growth.

Promote the social and emotional wellbeing of youth and families by developing and maintaining relationships of trust and cooperation.

Assist youth and families to access and utilize the services that meet their needs, by

supporting youth and families to overcome the barriers, which reduce access to services, and coordinating the integrated involvement of professionals to support the diverse needs of youth and families

Advocate for services and policies which meet the needs of youth, families and communities by promoting ideas for improved policies and programs within the organization. Maintaining an advocacy role in relation to youth and families through community action and public education. Advocating for the rights and responsibilities of clients and staff.

Contribute to the quality of organizations that deliver services to youth and families through staff expertise and aptitude, organizational planning and the development of sound organizational policies and guidelines

Engage in ongoing personal and professional development to respond to the current and future needs of youth, families and communities

Contribute to the effectiveness of the LIFT Program and Agency team.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other service providers and professionals.


  1. B.A., B.S.W. or Child and Youth Degree or a combination of experience and        education or with the permission of the Director.
  2. Knowledge of adolescent development, street related issues including sexual exploitation and drug and alcohol abuse, family systems, life skills, community resources, cross cultural issues, employment resources, and empowerment skills.
  3. Familiarity with community resources, and ability to work in an integrated  capacity with youth and families and complementary resources.
  4. Knowledge of the Child, Family and Community Services Act, BC Benefits Act,Young Offenders Act and other acts as they apply to youth service.
  5. CPR/First Aid certification.

Remuneration and Benefits

According to the wage scale grid Child, Youth and Family Support plus benefits.


28 hours week, Monday to Friday by schedule between 9 am to 9 pm

Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services

There are currently no postings in Central Vancouver Island Harm Reduction Services (CVIHRS)