Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor

Job No: PCRS350
Location: Chilliwack

Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor

ASTRA - Chilliwack

Term Full-Time (35 hours/week) (1 Year) (Grid 13)

** Period of Term: May 1, 2022 – May 1, 2023  

Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) is a large not-for-profit agency that serves some of the most vulnerable people in our communities from Vancouver to Hope. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities. Our strong agency values of advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being guide us in our work with participants and how we support our diverse staff. We place a high value on work-life balance. This is demonstrated through our compensation and comprehensive/fully employer-paid benefits package, including extended health and dental, sick leave, Municipal Pension, and flexible work options for many positions. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining a work-life balance. We take care of our people who care for the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor is a member of a decentralized team (each worker is assigned a catchment area) that provides alcohol and drug individual support and treatment services to young people (aged 13 – 24, with emphasis on 13 – 18) residing in the catchment area.  Their primary role is to engage in one-to-one supportive counselling.  In some instances, the counsellor may be required to organize and facilitate groups. Group work could include co-leadership of groups with other co-laterals including other PCRS staff and volunteers, professionals working for other agencies, and/or authorized “peer counsellors”.  In some cases, the Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor may be required to take sole responsibility for small group operation. 

One-to-one counselling includes accepting and processing referrals, basic assessment, referral, and the development of service goals with the youth and the referring worker (if applicable).  The position requires a sound understanding of normal and delayed or problematic development, behavior, and barriers, addictions theory, motivational theory, and the effects of trauma and abuse (including sexual abuse).  Specific skills in physical and recreational activities and life skills instruction are an asset. 

Primary Duties:

  • Coordinates Program Within the Catchment Area (Chilliwack)
  • To Provide One-to-One Counselling and Support Services
  • Utilize Case Management System, Case Notes, Assessment Tools, Goal Planning, Treatment Referrals
  • To Operate and/or Co-facilitate Groups
  • Work as a Member of a Treatment Team
  • Maintains Administrative Policies, Health, and Safety 

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • BSW or BA in a related field plus 1 years’ experience, or Child and Youth Care or relevant discipline plus 2 years direct experience. Substance use or Addiction Counselling training. Combination of experience and education is considered
  • Experience working in an alcohol and drug intervention and treatment environment
  • Understanding of concurrent disorders and mental health
  • Knowledge of normal and delayed or problematic development and behavior, barriers to support, addictions theory, motivational theory, the effects of abuse and trauma, and Indigenous culture.
  • Sound judgement and effective interpersonal skills
  • Clear communication skills, verbal and written
  • Trauma-informed practice and suicide intervention training                  

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Proof of being fully Vaccinated for Covid 19
  • Standard first-aid certificate and CPR
  • Valid Driver’s License, Use of own vehicle (Business Insurance and $3 Million Liability) with reimbursement
  • Basic Computer Skills

Desired Requirements:

  • Brain-Based Disabilities Learning Disabilities training including FASD, ADHD, Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Specialized Training, and experience in Health Promotion and/or Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Treatment
  • Experience with Suicide Risk Assessment and Safety Planning
  • Cultural Safety Training
  • Naloxone-trained/Familiarity with Harm Reduction
  • Knowledge of Chilliwack and Chilliwack resources
  • Other certification in Recreation or Arts

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:       

  Jodi Higgs, Manager, Chilliwack Health, and Housing Centre

Salary Range:   $27.26/hour – $28.43/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Closing Date:   Open until Filled

Offer of employment is conditional upon the applicant providing us with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

"Pacific Community Resources Society is committed to diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact our H.R. department at hr@pcrs.ca. Personal information will be kept confidential."

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