Rehabilitation Assistant Mental Health - Foundry

Work Area: 
Foundry Vancouver Granville
Base Site: 
St Paul's Hospital
Regular Full Time
Job Category: 
Support Services
Therapy & Rehab Services
Mental Health

Foundry Granville delivers a health experience for youth from ages 12 to 24 by providing access to primary care, mental health and substance use services, psychosocial rehab supports, peer support, and recreational activities. Based out of the Foundry Centre Granville Street between Davie and Drake, the centre welcomes walk-ins on weekdays. If you are excited about empowering youth to create stability, restoring their sense of self and belonging, and guiding them on a path to thrive this opportunity is perfect for you! To learn more about Foundry and the impactful care we provide:


Within the context of a client and family centred model of care and, in accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Providence Health Care, the person promotes a safe, respectful, and civil working environment for patients, residents, families, visitors and staff.

Reporting to the Leader, Inner City Youth Program and receiving day-to-day supervision from the Occupational Therapist, the Mental Health Rehabilitation Assistant provides a variety of physical, emotional, social, and advocacy supports, facilitates learning of life skills and community integration activities to clients in the program in a community health setting.
Works collaboratively with the interprofessional team members in the development of individualized recovery plans; monitors the functioning levels of the client through the application of current principles of recovery-based mental health and addiction care and general knowledge of psychiatric disorders; assesses potential emergency situations and makes necessary interventions as required; and establishes, maintains and enhances therapeutic relationships based on respect. Assists in maintaining a safe environment for clients and the team. Participates in team meetings, engages in team planning and quality improvement activities, and maintains and updates own knowledge.


Knowledge of psychosocial rehabilitation principles.
Knowledge of adult learning techniques.
Knowledge of, and ability to do, various arts and crafts, handicrafts, and sports activities.
Ability to develop, organize, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate individual and group activities.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and members of the interdisciplinary team and others.
Able to establish and maintain rapport with clients
Able to observe and recognize changes in clients
Able to work with marginalized youth and young adult population
Ability to observe and analyze problems.
Ability to teach.
Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.
Ability to supervise.
Ability to organize work.
Ability to operate related equipment.


  • Completion of a Rehabilitation Assistant Program plus one year of recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 
  • Experience working with youth and young adults with mental health and addictions in a community setting.
** We would also consider a degree in Therapeutic Recreation


In consultation with interprofessional team members, prepares, carries out group and evaluates individual activities to meet the clients’ physical, cognitive and psycho-social needs. Activities may include: exercise, self-care training, life skills training, current events, community integration and other therapeutic activities. Demonstrates and instructs the techniques of related activities and communicates activity plans with other disciplines. Reports back to therapist(s) or other appropriate team member any changes in clients’ condition.

In consultation with interprofessional team members, plans and conducts group interventions using a variety of therapeutic approaches to meet clients’ physical, social, cultural and psychological needs.

Coordinates, prepares and carries out client outings. Ensures the safety and well being of clients in their home and community environments.

Documents first-hand observations regarding clients’ status by recording observations on client record, flow sheet forms and/or incident reports as required. Reports observations concerning clients’ status to designated therapist or appropriate team member.

Cleans and maintains equipment and reports malfunctioning equipment or equipment needs to designated therapist. Assists the designated therapist in maintaining equipment by carrying out minor adjustments and identifying and reporting operational problems.

Maintains established inventory lists, levels of supplies and equipment and replaces stock in accordance with program procedures.

Provides direction to volunteers during activity programs, and demonstrates related client specific techniques colleagues and students as required.

Fabricates adaptive devices under the direction of the designated therapist by cutting out material, sewing items, assembling parts and/or making alterations as required.

Assists in fostering a pleasant, stimulating and inviting environment, through encouraging client participation and activity, such as providing seasonally relevant activities.

Records workload statistics or other related information as required.

Participates in staff meetings, team conferences, in-service education programs and presentations, and attends related courses.

Performs other related duties as assigned.