Job Posting 71815

Directions Detox Alcohol and Drug Counsellor
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 4 days ago (Mon, 14 Jun)
part time  •  $28.39 per hour

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Youth Detox Alcohol and Drug Counsellor


Youth Detox Alcohol and Drug Counsellor Competition # 55-21



Directions believes in the resiliency of Vancouver’s youth who are at-risk, homeless, and street-involved. For many youths, home is not a place of safety or belonging. We strive to create spaces and build connections with youth who are facing challenges of street life, substance use, mental health concerns, and disconnection from their communities. Directions is committed to being a community leader in harm reduction work and fostering low-barrier spaces where all youth are welcome. 


Directions Youth Services provides 24/7 support to assist youth under the age of 25 to connect with supports, get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues, and transition to more permanent housing. Directions runs 12+ programs inclusive of shelter and drop-in, safe houses, detox and other unique programs for youth throughout Vancouver and employs more than 220 passionate, team members.


Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for more than 90 years has provided a variety of essential resources for children, families and individuals in the Greater Vancouver community.




This is a part-time position (20hr/week) reporting to the Management of Directions Youth Detox. This position is located at our undisclosed Detox location which is a voluntary co-ed residential program for at-risk youth aged 16 – 24 years who need a safe place to socially detox. The position works with youth, currently staying in the Youth Detox with a focus on connecting youth with health care, mental health supports, substance use supports, housing and shelter supports, and engaging in independence planning services. Youth Detox accepts intakes 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it serves youth from all over the Lower Mainland.




  • 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’ needs 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 counsellors 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.




Education and training:

  • Completion or in pursuit of Social Work, Psychology, Addictions or other related Couseling, or other related degrees/diploma and/or three years of related work experience. A combination of related education and experience can be considered.
  • Current First Aid, Food Safe Level 1 and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificates are required.
  • Valid BC drivers license – Submission of abstract is required



  • Professional verbal, written and interpersonal skills, including basic computer literacy
  • Experience assisting youth in crisis and/or with addictions support.



  • Ability to establish and maintain rapport with clients
  • Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations by utilizing non-violent crisis intervention skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work with culturally diverse and marginalized populations
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position
  • Knowledge of issues/needs of high risk and/or street involved youth including harm reduction and low barrier resources.



  • Friendly work environment
  • Flexible working hours
  • Support the local community
  • Rewarding experience



If this describes you, please submit your application to us through our website.


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.


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


Work Hours: 20 hours weekly. One weekend day expected, otherwise flexible

Salary/Pay Grade: GL14S1 $28.39 per hour

Location:Directions Youth Detox - Confidential

Start Date: ASAP

Closing Date:  June 14, 2021


If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #55-21 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to for follow-up.

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