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Friends for Mental Health, West Island (an association that helps families and friends who have a loved one with a mental illness) is seeking a counselor. In addition to psychoeducational workshops and support groups, we offer short- or medium-term psychosocial counseling to help families better cope with the mental illness of their loved one.

• Master’s degree in psychology, social work, counseling or psychoeducation (or bachelor with significant experience)
• Excellent knowledge of mental illnesses (youth and adult)
• Good judgment, empathy, flexibility, organizational skills, autonomous and able to take initiative, good writing skills, ability to analyze and synthesize
• Bilingual a must (third language a strong asset)
• Minimum 2 years of experience: working with families, youth, providing psychoeducational workshops, and/or running support groups
• Desire to work in a community organization/nonprofit
• Experience and enthusiasm for working with children aged 7-18 is a strong asset

Description of task and responsibilities:
• Counseling sessions with individuals, couples or families to provide psychoeducation on their loved one’s mental illness and information on resources in our territory for their loved ones.
• Develop and facilitate coping strategies and skills within the family to better cope with, understand, and provide adaptive care to their loved one.
• Facilitate psychoeducational workshops on several topics- BPD, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Mindfulness & Healthy Boundaries
• Facilitate support groups for families- BPD/TPL, Bipolar/Psychosis, Grandparents, Men’s.
• Helping and advising families with and about psychiatric evaluations.
• Provide telephone or Skype support to family members if and when necessary.
• Liaison work with other resources in the community.
• Keep meticulous records and clinical notes from appointments and meetings.
• Evaluation and creation of new psychoeducational material in a team setting with input and direction from various staff.
• To read the relevant literature on medications, treatment programs, existing resources, take part in continuing education, attend conferences or trainings for psychiatric services to ensure the quality of services offered at Friends.
• Take part in any other relevant tasks necessary for the functioning of the organization.

Salary: 22.00$/hour, negotiable depending on experience


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