As part of the provincial mental health services continuum, BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services provides a diverse range of specialized, "one-
of-a-kind" tertiary level mental health services to residents across all geographic areas in BC. These include Adult Forensic Psychiatric Services located at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital plus six regional clinics.
In addition to direct services, BC Mental Health & Addiction Services acts as a support and resource to service providers across the province, and contributes to research and education.
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wide health care services across BC. The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence.
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Addiction Counsellor, Correctional Health Services Oliver Correctional Centre
Casual Opportunities Available
The Addiction Counsellor works as part of an interdisciplinary BC Mental Health & Addictions team, providing tertiary care services to women with substance use dependence, concurrent disorders and chronic disease.
The Addiction Counselor performs individual psychosocial assessments, provides individual therapeutic counselling, conducts family and group counselling sessions, and delivers education seminars.
The Addiction Counsellor plans, implements and assesses individualized client treatment programs for women with substance use, mental health trauma issues and chronic disease.
Duties / Accountabilities
Provides individualized therapeutic counselling services including crisis intervention and stabilization, according to a variety of theoretical models and best practices including comprehensive assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, social skills training and relapse prevention.
Facilitates psycho-educational, process group therapy, and family sessions with an assigned number of clients for the duration of their involvement in the Women’s Substance Use program by methods such as reviewing learning needs;
assisting with understanding of illness(es); teaching containment skills, relapse prevention and coping strategies; suggesting positive behavior modifications, encouraging socialization, social skill development, and behavioural modeling;
providing education regarding health care for immune compromised and disadvantaged clients to maintain physical well-being;
and supporting clients and their families to take responsibility for their health through education, collaboration, and goal setting.
Participates in the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans by methods such as working with the client to develop their goals for treatment and the criteria to measure progress towards these goals, collects the data from these criteria, meeting with the client on a regular basis to review progress, and evaluating the treatment plan if required.
Performs admissions and intakes according to established protocols by methods such as working with the program and referring committee to prepare discharge planning and resources which will assist the client in their ongoing recovery and treatment, and meeting with clients, families and referring agencies to gather information.
Liaises with referring agencies (addiction clinics, professionals, private practitioners) to facilitate treatment planning and discharge care.
Acts as a client advocate during the team meeting to evaluate and change the treatment plan, completes forms relevant to ongoing and after care planning and gathers information from addictions and mental health resources, and refers clients to other services as required to assist clients in reaching their treatment goals.
Education, Training and Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in an allied health discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Three (3) years’ of recent related clinical experience, including at least one (1) year’s experience in a substance use and mental health program providing therapeutic individual and group counselling.