Job Posting 73376

Recreation / Groups Counsellor
Pacific Community Resources
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closed 13 days ago (Fri, 23 Jul)
full time  •  $34.61/hour – $38.45/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Traverse Program - Chilliwack

 Regular Full Time (35 hours/week)– Flexible Hours Required


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 recreation and groups clinical counsellor works as part of a large multi-disciplinary team that provides treatment for substance use for youth (13-18) in a residential setting. The team works within the strategic objectives of the Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) to ensure the provision of effective and efficient services to our participants. The counsellor will also provide group-based addictions therapy and one on one clinical counselling using evidence-based interventions such as attachment theory, child and adolescent growth and development, counselling theories such as CBT, DBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused and Existential and Experiential therapies onsite as well as outdoors.  The recreation and groups counsellor will balance clinical methodologies with recreational and relationship-based practice, all within a strength-based, trauma-informed approach.  This position requires a sound understanding of addictions, mental health and trauma-informed practices. 
Recreation and Group activities may include rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, camping, yoga, physical recreation, art, drama, music, meditation, cooking, or volunteering.  The successful applicant will be creative, experienced, and understand the role of recreation and activities necessary in a treatment plan.

This position requires staff to be acutely aware of the importance of safety for all activities and leadership development with the youth being served. Leadership and resilience groups or one-on-one meetings with the youth are an essential aspect of the program to help youth identify their skills and abilities while taking safe risks and experiences in nature and recreation.

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and support the implementation of a wide range of recreation activities for youth that are facing problematic substance
  • Provide advocacy, support and clinical counselling to participants in a safe environment using evidence-based interventions.
  • Develop individual service plans and goals to meet participant needs; liaise with social workers, youth support workers and other professionals
  • Communicate frequently with the participant’s care team, referring agent and family
  • Provide family counselling and support.
  • Engage in periodic evaluation and review of treatment goals and re-negotiate as appropriate
  • Ensure coordination and ongoing communication with clinical lead and support networks
  • Maintain appropriate group and individual case files and documentation
  • Understand and apply the PCRS’s policies and procedures. Identify, address and resolve issues related to policy, emergencies, service provision and facilities where applicable.
  • Incorporate recreation-based outdoor therapy in coordination with other staff
  • Participate on committees, working groups, and associations; and develop community networks relevant to managed services.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Master’s degree or B.A. in a related discipline and registration with a clinical body such as B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors or Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association has three (3) years of experience as a clinical counsellor. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • A sound understanding of addictions, mental health and trauma-informed practices.

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal Record Check including the vulnerable sector
  • Tuberculosis and medical clearance
  • Current standard first aid certificate
  • Class 5 Driver’s license with business use insurance
  • Use of own vehicle required (Mileage is paid)
  • Driver’s abstract

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Clinical Team Lead, Traverse Program

Salary Range:     $34.61/hour – $38.45/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer-paid)
Closing Date:     July 23, 2021 at 4:30pm

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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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