Job Posting 85570

Clinical Counsellor
Phoenix Society
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
13686 94A Avenue Surrey, BC V3V 1N1
closes in 13 days (Mon, 22 Aug)
full time - temporary / contract  •  Starting at $66,300

Title: Clinical Counsellor, Phoenix Centre

Location: Surrey, BC

Position Status: Full-time temporary Mat leave coverage, Mon-Fri 8:00AM – 4:00PM (37.5 hrs/week)

Reports to: Manager, Mental Health & Substance Use

Salary: Starting at $66,300

Do you possess the gift of empathy that allows you to make genuine connections with people? Are you motivated by using your talents to support others in their personal growth? Come work for one of BC’s top not-for-profit societies!

Job Summary:

The Clinical Counsellor works collaboratively as a member of an integrated services team that provides substance use and other specialized counselling, education, and support services to residents in Phoenix's Provincial Specialized Treatment Program. This position facilitates the recovery and capacity building of residents to maximize their social and economic, and other life potentials and support their goals for successful independent living in the community.

This may include individual or group counselling; tailored client care plans; and referrals for additional treatment. The position will also provide education to individuals and groups on mental health and addiction related topics. The Clinical Counsellor is familiar with other services and resources in the community and works closely to provide information and support when required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

• Demonstrated knowledge of concurrent disorders, addictions, and addictions counselling.

• Participate in team efforts to maintain and continuously improve the intake, admissions, and orientation process. Educates client regarding recovery maintenance, relapse prevention personal and life management, identifies and prioritizes life area needs.

• Demonstrate excellent organizational and time management skills

• Maintain accurate client records (assessment data, client care plan, goal setting, case notes and discharge summaries, behavior contracts, incident reports, medication logs) reports, ensures that all required documentation is complete and on time. 

• Work with residents and an integrated services team to develop care and action plans (recovery, health, housing, education, employment, etc.) recovery maintenance plans, relapse prevention plans. 

• Act as a positive role model, coach, advisor, leader and rational authority for clients. Teaches clients effective social and interpersonal skills through daily groups and through the tasks of appropriate daily living and social activities. 

• Create and maintain a therapeutic environment following therapeutic community principles which encourage awareness of interdependence of community members, and the value of responsible concern for self and others.

• Provide helpful information, encouragement, hope for change and for the future. Demonstrates a working knowledge of accepted counselling approaches i.e. solution-focused therapy, addiction counselling, cognitive re-structuring, behavior therapy, client-centred therapy with the focus on building on the client’s internal capacity and potential to change.

• Conduct individual and group counselling sessions.

• Build motivation in the person to make positive changes – changes of perception of self, viewpoints of responsibility, willingness to accept responsibility for self.

• Ability to identify client changes and growth in relation to the client’s care plan. Provides extensive enough progress notes and tracks client self-reports for a replacement counsellor or other staff to continue the process without undue stress on the participant.

• Ability to work effectively with others, including working effectively in a multicultural environment, independently, as part of an interdisciplinary team and understanding the frameworks of other disciplines: addictions, mental health, education, career planning, etc.

• Demonstrate ability to teach skills to delegate to and work effectively with others

• Ability to educate and provide consultation to clients, families, and healthcare professionals.

• Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with other community partners.



• Academic:  Master’s degree in counselling or social work (Registered Clinical Counsellor).

 • Experience:  At least three (3) year’s relevant work experience. Direct program delivery experience in the community social services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of community-based programs and related provincial and community support services systems is preferred. Eligible for registration with relevant professional association.

• Social Services Field: Preference will be given to those with experience in substance use services and/or social services, preferably within a community setting, with demonstration of sensitivity to the issues of people affected by substance misuse, concurrent disorders, and homelessness.

• Computer Skills: excellent skills including Microsoft Office applications, Outlook, Client Information Management Database, Internet, and trouble shooting skills.


The Phoenix Society is a multi-service agency operating across the Lower Mainland in BC and is dedicated to providing accessible services and opportunities to people who face barriers related to addiction, mental health, housing, education, criminal justice involvement and/or employment. 

What we offer:

• Employee Assistance Program

• Disability and Life insurance

• 100% Employer Paid Extended health care (Dental, Vision, paramedical)

•  Flexible schedule

• Matching RRSP contribution

• Paid sick and personal leave days

•  Education and Training allowance

•  Bring your dog to work

Vaccination Requirement:

Effective October 26 2021, all new hires at the Phoenix Society require full COVID 19 vaccinations (have a series of a World Health Organization-approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines). Individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.  

Commitment to Equity, Diversity & Inclusion:

Phoenix Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes all applicants to apply and does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.

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