Job Posting 81221

Clinical Counsellor - Directions
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
closes in 3 days (Tue, 31 May)
part time  •  47,116.16 per year

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Clinical Counsellor - Directions


Directions Youth Services Centre Clinical Counsellor Competition #27-22



Directions Youth Services is a collection of services and locations supporting vulnerable youth. This includes a 24-hour drop-in centre, outreach teams, pre-employment programs, two safe houses, and a youth detox centre. The trauma-informed and client centred philosophy creates safety for youth to access a full spectrum of supports including primary care, mental health and substance use resources.


Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for 90 years has provided trauma counselling and essential resources for children, families and individuals facing life’s challenges.



0.8 of this position provide case management service and clinical and consultative social work services to 12 shelter clients and centre clients experiencing brittle support systems, homelessness, social functioning and mood and behaviour issues. Duties include conducting social and psychosocial assessments, providing individual, family and group counselling services, maintaining client records, attending interdisciplinary clinical/case conferences, and providing home and community care assessments. Identify applicable community resources for clients, contribute to the effectiveness and development of community resources and planning with clients for care and support in accordance with their health needs. Within a multidisciplinary team context, provide continuity of care across the continuum by liaising with team members, developing/evaluating care plans and coordinating, implementing clinical interventions, evaluating client outcomes based on client goals for care, coordinating ongoing care and supporting transition.

0.2 of this position provide clinical supervision, mentorship, and psycho-social group education for skill development and self-care to hourly youth support workers without extended health benefits, also providing short term solution focused support, referral, and clinical response to workplace trauma.

Hours per week: 28 hours/week, flexible scheduling available



  • Receive, prioritize referrals and screen clients for eligibility of services by conducting psychosocial assessments, interviewing the client obtaining relevant information, gathering social data regarding the client's support system, living situation, financial status, and current stressors/concerns to determine the level of support required. Interpret the data lo therapeutically impact the clients coping abilities and anticipated needs to maximize client strengths and self-determination with a focus on self - management.
  • Provide individual and/or group counselling mediation, conflict resolution services and crisis interventions by method s such as exploring emotional responses to illness/injury in order to identify problems, personal concerns and treatment objectives, and to facilitate change in coping style, behaviour, attitude, feelings and adaptive responses to an adverse life event.
  • Coordinate care for clients by applying case management principles, carrying out health, psychosocial, functional/environmental and safety/ risk assessment, identifying problems, addressing issues or collaboration with clients for variances from the plan of care, work with the appropriate clinicians and interdisciplinary team member and/or encouragement for clients to identify and utilize community supports and agencies.
  • Facilitate and implement the teaching of and collaboration with staff regarding best practice strategies focusing on strengths, illness prevention, health maintenance and health promotion by supporting learning needs, development and implementation of health teaching strategies, maintenance of current reference material for specialized staff groups and evaluation of the outcome of learning.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



Education and training:

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counselling or Clinical Psychology – RCC or RSW



  • Minimum 3 years working with street youth.


Additional Requirements:               

  • Successful completion of criminal record check  
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination status will be required 





Directions Youth Services offers purposeful careers, serving the most vulnerable members of our community. This role offers you the opportunity to make a positive impact in our community.


We support career development and training for staff to reach their potential, and offer mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.


Work Hours: 28 hours per week, flexible scheduling available


Salary/Pay Grade: GS12, Step 1 $47,116.16 per year with generous group health/dental benefits after a 3 month waiting period, pension plan enrollment after 12 months


Start Date: As soon as possible


Location: Downtown



Flexible scheduling

Starting at three weeks’ vacation for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time) and growing to more +

Three (3) paid household leave days a year (pro-rated for part-time employees)

One paid Wellness Day a year

Paid sick pay

A work culture that values transparency, teamwork, learning, fairness and integrity

Two and a half paid Agency days for full time staff (pro-rated for part-time)

Five paid days for education leave/year (pro-rated for part-time)

One paid Moving Day/year

Subsidized professional association annual dues (if applicable)


Health and Welfare benefits (if applicable):

Generous group health/dental benefits after 3 months.

Three flex options for health/dental coverage depending on the coverage you need

Option of psychological/counselling services (up to $1500/year)

Employee Assistance Plan

Long Term Disability Plan

Group Life Insurance, Travel insurance, ++



Pension plan enrollment after 12 months



If this describes you, please submit your application to us through our website. Interviews will be scheduled on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Thank you for your interest.

We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the communities we so proudly serve, while encompassing the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations including queer, trans, and two-spirit people. In our words and actions, we recognize the challenges for those facing inequalities, while acknowledging our privilege, as we continuously strive to remove bias and reduce barriers that individuals may experience in the hiring and job-seeking process. We invite feedback from all applicants who apply for roles with the Agency.

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 #27-22 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to for follow-up. **if you are an internal candidate, please indicate “Internal Candidate” in the Comments section at the bottom of the online application**


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