Correctional Mental Health Worker

The Salvation Army B.C. Vancouver Harbour Light
septembre 10, 2020
Vancouver, Canada
Job Type
In accordance with collective agreement and educational qualifications
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Closing date
September 15, 2020
Street Address
119 East Cordova Street


HOURS: The normal workweek is Monday to Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; comprised of 7.5 paid hours and 0.5 hours unpaid lunch break per day.


Position Purpose Summary:

The Correctional Mental Health Worker supervises and counsels residents in residential settings and delivers programs.



  • The Correctional Mental Health Worker supervises and counsels residents in a therapeutic residential setting.
  • Develops and implements case management interventions.
  • Maintains and updates all appropriate documentation related to residents; completes all reports required by the Ministry and The Salvation Army.
  • Coordinates and facilitates resident programming as required.
  • Performs intake and discharge procedures for residents as assigned.
  • Models and supervises daily life skills of residents; supervises resident chores and conducts room inspections.
  • Performs regular spot checks of residents on passes in community; escorts residents in the community when necessary and monitors behaviour.
  • Provides expertise, professional advice and recommendations to support the development and implementation of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan.
  • Provides psych education, counselling and support to clients coping with a variety of diagnosis and potential concurrent disorders.
  • Completes comprehensive assessments on mental, physical, spiritual and psycho-social needs of clients, therapeutic brief and crisis oriented counselling, individual and group counselling, program delivery, education and awareness, discharge planning.
  • Dispenses medication to Harbour Light clients as necessary.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology/Social Work or a related field with a focus on additional training and/or education in Mental Health.
  • Training and education relating to substance abuse an asset, especially an I.C.A.D.C. certificate or equivalent.
  • Current certification in First Aid/CPR (or willing to be trained)
  • Criminal Record Review Program clearance


  • Minimum 1-3 years’ experience in a correctional setting
  • Must have an understanding of, and experience working with, the Criminal Justice System in a correctional setting.
  • Minimum of one year experience working directly with individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious and persistent mental illness.

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Willingness to adhere to the Mission and values of the Harbour Light Corrections Department and of The Salvation Army.
  • Ability to work with individuals with a diverse criminal background.
  • Must have the ability to communicate effectively with a non-judgemental attitude, as well as possess and exercise good interpersonal relationship skills by displaying tact, courtesy and patience with residents, staff, visitors and volunteers.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and superior organization and administration skills.
  • Experience in Microsoft Office and strong computer skills.
  • Qualify for and be willing to obtain enhance security clearance.

PREFERRED SKILLS/capabilities:

  • Detail-oriented with a high level of accuracy and document creation
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks and a variety of demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Flexible, self-motivated, adaptable


Successful candidates, prior to hiring, may be required to provide:

  • A valid Class 5 (or higher) BC Driver’s License and a clean driver’s abstract
  • Criminal Record Review Program clearance
  • Completion of our online Armatus Abuse Training and required Health and Safety training

If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

This posting is open to external and internal candidates alike. If you are an internal applicant, please advise your Department Head of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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