School District Mental Health Clinician

  • This position is jointly funded by School District No. 73 and Ministry of Children and Family Development, Child and Youth Mental Health.
  • The clinician provides direct counselling service those children/youth, and their parents/guardians, who are at risk of developing a mental health disorder and also for those showing mild and/or early signs and whose functioning is being impacted at home, school, and/or socially.
  • The clinician can assist in accessing services for children/youth who may require long term support.
  • The clinician focuses on increasing coping skills for identified children/youth who present with initial or mild symptoms of anxiety, depression, loss, grief or anger.
  • The clinician works as a liaison between School District No. 73 and Ministry of Children and Family Development, Child and Youth Mental Health.

Service

Types of Service

Children and youth who are referred to the Mental Health Clinician will be contacted for an intake appointment to determine the best course of action.  This can include:

  • Individual sessions (up to 6)
  • Family sessions (up to 6)
  • Group facilitation – ongoing
  • Referral to other community agencies and/or programs

The Mental Health Clinician is also involved in community-based, preventative projects:

  • School and community initiatives
  • ASIST Suicide Intervention Training

Location

The Mental Health Clinician meets clients in a variety of settings and every effort is made to meet the needs of the child/youth and family.  The clinician has a main office located at The Henry Grube Education Centre, but is also available to meet at the Children and Youth Mental Health office, school sites, public locations and sometimes in the family home.

Hours

The Mental Health Clinician is a full time position with flexibility in terms of hours.  In general, availability is 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, with evening appointments easily arranged.  The clinician follows the school year calendar in terms of holidays.

Referrals

Referrals to the Mental Health Clinician are made the following ways:

  • Elementary school aged students – in consultation with their school’s School and Family Consultant.
  • Secondary school aged students – in consultation with their high school counselor.
  • On the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent or through a District Case Conference.

Referrals are processed as quickly as possible, with initial contact usually occurring within a few days of receipt.

Resources/Links

The Kelty Resource Centre

The Kelty Centre is a free, all-inclusive, virtual resource for BC children, youth, and their families.  The centre provides timely, relevant, evidence-based and client-friendly information on topics concerning mental health and addictions and on programs and services available in British Columbia.  The center has an office at BC Children’s Hospital.

Toll free 1-800-665-1822
Email keltycentre(at)bcmhs.bc.ca
Website:  The Kelty Resource Center

Teen Mental Health

The Teen Mental Health website is Canadian based and an excellent resource for parents and teens in regards to a wide variety of mental health issues.  It is user friendly and is continually updated to provide the most current information

Website  Teen Mental Health

Anxiety BC

AnxietyBC™ provides a rich resource of self-help information and programs, as well as resources for parents and caregivers.  Their mission is to increase awareness, promote education and improve access to programs that work.

Website:  www.anxietybc.com

BC Partners for Mental Health and Addiction

This resource provides web-based information, resources, toolkits, and an information line

Toll free 1-800-661-2121
Website:  BC Partners for Mental Health and Addiction

Suicide Prevention Centre of BC

This distress line provides confidential, non-judgemental, free emotional support 24 hours a day 7 days a week for those experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including feeling that may lead to suicide.  Call if you need to talk to someone because you are worried about something or feel upset or confused.

Toll free  1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Kids Help Phone

A national, bilingual 24 hour toll free confidential phone counselling, referral and internet services for children, youth, or their parents.

Toll free  1-800-668-6868
Website  Kids Help Phone

24 hour Crisis Line ~ Youth in BC Distress Hotline

Provides crisis intervention.

Toll free  1-866-661-3311
Website:  Youth in BC

Contact

Jocelyn Campbell
School District Mental Health Clinician
Henry Grube Education Centre
245 Kitchener Crescent
Phone:  (250) 376-2266