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Job Number:  39651
144-17 Alcohol & Drug Counsellor
Job Posted: Friday, 10 November 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 17 November 2017
(67 days ago)
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: Paraprofessional Grid level 14 - General Services Collective Agreement



Alcohol & Drug Counsellor

Youth Detox Program

Internal / External Job Competition -144-17


Are you a strong advocate with a passion for supporting others?

Do you believe in the possibility for people to create change in their lives?

Would you enjoy working independently within a committed team?



Since 1928, Family Services of Greater Vancouver has been creating brighter tomorrows for people and families in our community. Last year we supported more than 13,000 people to create possibilities for themselves through professional counselling, therapy, education, advocacy, planning, employment support, and other community services. 


Directions Youth Services provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with entry points to access the tools, support, and guidance they need to go about making healthy, positive changes in their lives. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Directions Youth Services consists of:


Directions Youth Services Centre provides Vancouver’s homeless youth and youth at-risk with a range of services to assist them to access housing, and increase health, life-skills and wellbeing. DYSC also encompasses our housing, outreach and transition to adulthood programs.

Directions Youth Detox offers youth with a continuum of service, which includes outreach, drop-in and assessment counselling and referrals, in-house detoxification, education and groups.

Directions Youth Safehouse is a first stage emergency shelter to assist youth to return to family/extended family and/or access needed transitional supports to independence.

Directions Youth Low Barrier Shelter is a first stage emergency shelter that provides safety to youth and work with them to return to family/extended family, access needed transitional supports to independence and/or treatment.


Job Summary


This is a 35 hours per week position within the Youth Detox Program. The hours evenings and weekends, with 1 hour unpaid lunch breaks each shift. This position reports to the Manager of the Youth Detox Program. The position requires Union Membership.

The candidate will provides assessment, referral, and counseling services to individuals aged 21 and under affected by use of alcohol and drugs. Assesses clients. Develops, implements and evaluates client service plans for individuals. Works with an integrated case management team. Participates in planning and overseeing the day to day operation of the program.


Duties & Responsibilities

  • Facilitates referrals and admissions into the program.
  • Manages a caseload with a variety of medical, mental, and/or behavioral problems.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessments, develops client service plans and makes referrals to other programs or agencies as required.
  • Gathers information relevant to clients’ problems by interviewing, observing behavior, meeting service providers and using a variety of inventories, checklists and questionnaires.
  • Conducts structured analyses of the information gathered to provide an assessment of client’s problems.
  • Develops and implements plans using a variety of therapeutic counselling techniques drawn from theoretical frameworks such as family systems, solution-focused, narrative, and other advanced techniques to resolve the assessed problems.
  • Reviews and evaluates client’s progress, makes adjustments to treatment plans as required and provides follow-up planning.
  • Provides information on and refers clients to other community service providers, resources or professionals as required.
  • Reports clients’ progress and discusses case management and related concerns with social workers, ongoing counselors and professionals from other agencies.
  • Maintains liaison with, promotes the interests of clients with, coordinates service provision with, and provides consultation to other agencies, professionals, ministries, community service providers and the community.
  • Promotes public awareness of and support for the program by performing duties such as representing the program in community events.
  • Provides feedback and support to clients.
  • Assists clients to live without depending on addictive substances and activities.
  • Teaches and assists clients in developing life skills and community survival skills.
  • Provides skill building in areas of anger management or self management techniques.
  • Maintains client and related records and statistics.
  • Provides reports to the program manager as required.
  • Identifies both physical and program needs of the residence to the program manager.
  • Implements program goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Participates in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the program by ensuring that program guidelines and policies are adhered to and program standards are met.
  • Provides guidance, training and orientation on policies, procedures, techniques, report preparation or other matters arising in the residence to youth workers and practicum students.
  • Provides guidance to youth workers by performing duties such as assigning work and providing feedback on performance.
  • Ensures that procedures such as medication administration are carried out in accordance with relevant regulations and established internal procedures.
  • Ensures the cleanliness, safety, security and maintenance of the residence in accordance with licensing standards through delegation to staff and directly as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related human / social service field.
  • Minimum 2 years recent related experience.
  • Training or experience in addictions work.
  • Training or experience in youth work.
  • Valid BC Drivers License - requires submission of abstract
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.
  • This position requires union membership.


Why Work Here?

·        Friendly Work Environment

·        Flexible Working Hours

·        Support the Local Community

·        Rewarding Experience

·        Excellent Benefits Including Pension


To apply

Please submit your resume and/or cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:





Salary/Pay Grade: Paraprofessional Grid level 14 - General Services Collective Agreement                                   $25.74-29.98/hr

Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: November 17, 2017


Family Services is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

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