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Inspire Change

Be part of an innovative Regional Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at Vancouver Coastal Health. Make a difference in the lives of Canadian youth who are at acute risk due to mental health and substance use issues. You can now be part of British Columbia’s first-ever dedicated Youth Concurrent Disorders Unit, a 10-bed inpatient unit for the most seriously affected youth aged 13 to 18.

Opened in April 2017 in the HOpe Centre in North Vancouver, the Carlile Centre will be unlike a traditional hospital ward.  A warm, welcoming, homelike environment includes private bedrooms, plenty of natural light and spaces for youth to reflect, exercise or socialize. Learn about the roles we’re hiring for below.


Make an Impact

Help us build this innovative service in a setting designed to meet the unique needs of youth coping with serious mental health and addictions issues.  Join our team of experts caring for high risk youth, and develop your own skills in a collaborative approach that supports patients and their families from community, to hospital, and back.

Staff at the Carlile Centre will support acutely ill youth as they develop and transition into adulthood.  VCH will provide a variety of resources to ensure that staff are able to fully utilize their specialized skills, in a multidisciplinary approach that is designed around individual patient needs.


  • Head Nurse
  • Social Worker
  • Youth Care Counsellor
  • Clinical Resource Nurse
  • Unit Clerk
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Concurrent Disorders and Youth Addiction Counsellor
  • Registered Nurse/Registered Psychiatric Nurse
  • Psychologist


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Youth Concurrent Disorders

Advance the growth of a new unit, work within a specialized team addressing the needs of high risk youth, and develop clinical skills while working with youth presenting with concurrent disorders.

Allied Health

  • Master’s Degree – Child & Youth Care
  • 2+ Years experience
  • Assessment, Treatment Planning & Crisis Stabilization skills
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Previous work in a youth outreach team or work experience as a mental health and/or addictions clinician/counsellor


  • Bachelors in Nursing or Diploma in Psychiatric Nursing
  • 2+ Years’ experience
  • Assessment, Treatment Planning & Crisis Stabilization skills
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment
  • Specialized child and youth mental health training, training in addictions, previous experience in an inpatient setting for youth, youth detox, case management, or early psychosis intervention


How do I apply?

All Carlile opportunities are posted under the “Apply” section.

Who are our clients?

This unit will be designed to serve youth experiencing mental health and substance use concerns from across the Vancouver Coastal Health region.  These youth will have needs that cannot be treated in a community setting and require assessment to determine the best treatment plan for ongoing support.

Who works on the unit?

This unit will be comprised of a multidisciplinary team including nurses, social workers, psychiatrists and clinicians with experience working with youth with complex mental health and substance use challenges.  Youth will benefit from a collaborative approach throughout their stay at in the Carlile Centre and once they leave to live in the community.

Where is the HOpe Center?

The HOpe center is located on the grounds of Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. North Vancouver offers those living and/or working here many outdoor activities while being in close proximity to downtown Vancouver.

Why is the Carlile Centre unique?

Currently, there are no other units in British Columbia that have admission criteria for both mental health and substance use concerns.

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Our mild climate, natural scenic beauty and abundance of outdoor recreational activities have made us one of the most desirable places in the world to live and work. Come and experience it for yourself! Become “B.C. bound!”


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