|We are looking for a full time Clinical Counsellor
Nature and Scope of Work
This position reports to the Clinical Supervisor/Program Manager and provides counselling services – individual and group treatment format, assessments, education workshops, and case management services to clients addressing substance abuse issues. The position also has occasional need for medication administration and community liaison functions. The role requires collaborative team work on an integrated services team, which includes a supportive function to non-professional staff, and the ability to constantly hold a quality assurance perspective. Clinical work is at an intensive therapeutic level and commonly includes a variety of concurrent conditions such as PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, as well as other life complexities such as homelessness, poverty, and criminal justice involvement.
Provides clinical services to individuals and their family members:
- Assessing client needs and developing a treatment plan with the client.
- Providing group & individual counselling.
- Providing psycho educational group sessions.
- Documenting clinical and case management work according to established guidelines.
- Producing discharge summaries in accordance with the established guidelines.
- Participating in clinical and administrative caseload management.
- Facilitating/referring clients to appropriate community resources.
Team practises and program planning and development:
- Preparing for team case consultations/reports.
- Participating in co-therapy sessions when required.
- Providing guidance, direction, and orientation to less experienced staff/new employees, and to practicum students.
- Participating in discussions related to planning, development and implementation of programming and policies.
- Liaising and networking with allied agencies.
- Participating in community development/education projects.
Orientation of the counselling approach:
- Presents self in an approachable and friendly manner as an ethical representative of a professional community organization, proactively building rapport with residents, and enhancing residents’ motivation for positive change and encouraging residents to make healthy life style choices.
- Facilitates learning of healthy choices, healthy coping skills, developing healthy relationships, setting healthy boundaries, effective communication and conflict resolution, positive parenting techniques, and promoting harmony reflecting best practices.
- Demonstrates a person –centered orientation and framework to assist residents in analyzing situations, identifying and developing alternatives and establishing a plan of positive action.
- Responds to residents’ requests and crises in a responsible, timely and flexible manner.
Expand services as needed:
- Acquiring additional knowledge and skills in the field of addiction in order to stay current.
- Meeting shifting demands and standards as a government funded non-profit agency.
- Addressing changing client population.
Skills & Abilities:
- Ability to work collaboratively with an integrated services team.
- Physical abilities to perform the duties of the job.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbal and written.
- Ability to organize work.
- Ability to recognize gross medical symptoms and respond with appropriate action.
- Computer skills for report writing and data entry.
- Ability to operate related equipment.
- Familiar with concurrent disorders in general with advanced understanding of common issues within the addiction population (i.e., sexual abuse, posttraumatic stress, anxiety, and depression)
Education, Training & Experience:
- General knowledge of substance abuse and related issues of recovery.
- Three years of experience working in the Drug & Alcohol field with preference given for experience working in a residential setting.
- Master’s degree in the Social Sciences or a bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences or equivalent training and experience combined with advanced clinical training.
- Membership in a professional clinical body such as the BCACC, BCASW (required).
- Membership in a group psychotherapy body such as the AGPA, CGPA (preferred).
Please email a copy of your resume using the link below. Phone calls not accepted.