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Casual Counsellor

Mar 2023

Casual Counsellor


Casual Part-time

COVID-19 considerations: All staff of Pacifica are required by PHO to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

Job Description

We are seeking Casual Counsellors for an in-residence treatment centre in Vancouver BC.





Nature and Scope of Work

The Counsellor provides one-to-one and group therapeutic counselling, assessment, education, and referral services for individuals experiencing challenges associated with substance use, and/or concurrent issues, and/or trauma. Clinical work includes, but is not limited to: substance use, trauma work, mental health, eating disorders, problem gambling, etc.

Reports to: Clinical Supervisor


Illustrative Examples of Work

Provides clinical services to individuals:

  • Assessing client needs and developing a client-focused interdisciplinary care plan.
  • Providing group & individual counselling.
  • Providing psycho educational group sessions.
  • Documenting cases and maintaining client records according to established guidelines.
  • Facilitating/referring clients internally and to appropriate community resources.
  • Case management and transition planning


Team practices and program planning and development:

  • Participating in interdisciplinary clinical meetings and all-staff meetings.
  • Participating in co-facilitation when required.
  • Use a trauma-informed and an interdisciplinary team approach to address challenging behaviors and situations.
  • Participating in planning, development and implementation of policies, programming, and services.
  • Liaising and networking with allied agencies.
  • Participating in community development/education projects with prospective partners


Expand services:

  • Acquiring additional knowledge and skills in the field of concurrent disorder to maintain
    evidence-informed practices.
  • Meeting shifting demands and regulatory legal and organizational standards.


Additional duties as required:

  • Providing guidance and orientation to new staff and students.
  • Design and conduct program evaluations.
  • Addressing client behavioural concerns when they arise.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to manage interpersonal relationships effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and written in English.
  • Ability to organize work and time management skills.
  • Knowledge about principles of equity, inclusivity, diversity and accessibility.
  • Computer skills for report writing and data entry.
  • Ability to operate program related equipment.
  • Familiar with other related clinical issues, especially sexual abuse, post-traumatic stress and violence, loss, depression.


Education, Training & Experience

  • Completed Master’s degree in Counselling or Social Work (Counselling) from a reputable university.
  • Registered (e.g., RCC, CCC)
  • Training and knowledge of substance use, trauma, mental health and related issues of recovery.
  • 1-2 years’ experience working in a substance use, in-residence treatment centre or affiliated facilities.


Accommodations will be made based on accessibility requirements.


How to Apply

Pacifica welcomes community members from diverse backgrounds and interests. We are particularly interested in diverse representation, reflecting the community we serve. As such, we encourage applications from historically under-served and under-represented groups including racialized, Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), 2SLGBTQQI+ individuals and persons with disabilities.


To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Angeline.Vaughan@pacificatreatment.ca.


About Us

Pacifica Treatment Centre (Pacifica) is an innovative non-profit society, founded in1977, providing progressive in-residence treatment and community-based supportive recovery services for individuals experiencing problematic substance use, in conjunction with concurrent mental health concerns and trauma.


Pacifica has established a continuum of services that enhance sustainable recovery, quality of life, and wellbeing of the individuals we serve. Through treatment, education, and ongoing support, we empower individuals to “own their path” to self-discovery, self-empowerment, and self-actualization.


We are an accessible and gender-inclusive non-profit treatment centre in Vancouver.

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