The Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor is a member of a decentralized team (each worker is assigned a catchment area) that provides alcohol and drug individual support and treatment services to young people (aged 13 – 24, with emphasis on 13 – 18) residing in the catchment area. Their primary role is to engage in one-to-one supportive counselling. In some instances, the counsellor may be required to organize and facilitate groups. Group work could include co-leadership of groups with other co-laterals including other PCRS staff and volunteers, professionals working for other agencies, and/or authorized “peer counsellors”. In some cases, the Youth Outreach Substance Use Counsellor may be required to take sole responsibility for small group operation.
One-to-one counselling includes accepting and processing referrals, basic assessment, referral, and the development of service goals with the youth and the referring worker (if applicable). The position requires a sound understanding of normal and delayed or problematic development, behavior, and barriers, addictions theory, motivational theory, and the effects of trauma and abuse (including sexual abuse). Specific skills in physical and recreational activities and life skills instruction are an asset.
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