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Job Number:  58310
Astra Team Lead/Youth Addictions Counsellor
Job Posted: Friday, 11 October 2019
Closing Date: Friday, 25 October 2019
(in 9 days)
Pacific Community Resources
Region: Fraser Valley Type: Full time
Location: Fraser Region Salary: $26.20/hour - $29.87/hour, plus benefit package (100% employer paid)
ASTRA Youth Addictions Outreach – Fraser Region (Job #8600 – 1904)

Regular Full Time (35 hours/week)


PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing a high value on work-life balance. 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 take care of the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The Team Lead/Youth Outreach Addictions Counsellor is a member of a decentralized team (each worker is assigned a catchment area) that provides alcohol and drug individual support and counselling services to young people (aged 13 – 24, with emphasis on 13 – 18) residing in the assigned catchment area.  Their primary role is to support the team, provide the administrative functions related to the program, engage in one-to-one counselling and support with youth.  As needed, the counsellor will organize and facilitate groups, organize and participate in recreation activities, and provide services at local youth service hubs. The position works within the strategic objectives of the PCRS to ensure the provision of effective and efficient services to the participants.

Primary Duties:

  • Coordinates program within the catchment and provide day to day support to the team
  • Perform program administrative tasks as delegated by the Manager including performance appraisals, timesheets, checking in and out, running team meetings, stats.
  • Screen, process and accept referrals, complete intake and orientation processes as per policy, complete basic assessments and develop service goals.
  • Provide individual counselling and support surrounding the service plan focusing on alcohol and drug services and referrals. Offer both insight and practical goal-focused counselling strategies while maintaining a safe and respectful environment for participants.
  • Document and maintain case notes utilizing the agency’s database system. Ensure notes describe significant information related to services provided and response to those services, following agency practices and procedures.
  • Collect and maintain records of participant statistical information required by agency and funders for reporting purposes, within prescribed formats.
  • Conduct other clinical administrative tasks such as written updates and discharge reports according to policy.
  • Act as a positive role model and assist participants in developing values of honesty, self-assertiveness, and respect for others, a democratic viewpoint, and a lack of dependency on drugs, alcohol, and self-abusive and destructive behaviour.
  • Maintains good safety practices and a preventative approach

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social work or other fields plus one years’ experience, or Bachelor’s degree in Child and Youth Care or relevant discipline plus one year’s direct experience. Substance use/Addiction counselling training. A combination of experience and education is considered.
  • Experience providing youth alcohol and drug services within a biopsychosocial –spiritual framework.
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities (including FASD, ADHD), barriers to support, addictions theory, motivational theory, the effects of abuse and trauma, and aboriginal culture.
  • Trauma-informed practice and suicide intervention training.

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Current Standard First Aid certificate and Mental Health First Aid
  • Class 5 Driver’s License; use of own vehicle; driver’s abstract


 Manager, Fraser Region Substance Use and Mental Health

Salary Range:     $26.20/hour - $29.87/hour, plus benefit package (100% employer paid)
Closing Date:     October 25, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.

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“PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”

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Contact Details
Send Cover Letter and Resume to:
www:   pcrs.ca/our-jobs/astra-team-lead-youth-addictions-counsellor/

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