Casual Clinical Counsellor – Kinghaven

Casual Clinical Counsellor (Masters)

Status: Casual

Hours: Varied

Union: BCGEU Health Science Professionals Grid 11 – Level 1 position

About Kinghaven Peardonville House Society:

Kinghaven Treatment Centre was established in 1971 as MSA Halfway House. Over the past 45 years it has evolved into one of the country’s premier intensive residential treatment centres having served in excess of 28,000 adult men who present with problematic use of mood-altering substances. Located in the tranquil Fraser Valley of British Columbia, our campus also includes the new George Schmidt Centre, a 31 unit second-stage housing facility.

Peardonville House Treatment Centre was founded in 1987 as an adult women’s treatment facility to serve the ever increasing demand of services for women in addiction. In 1990, at the request of the provincial government, the “Moms and Kids” program was launched to allow women struggling with addiction to bring their under-school-age children to treatment with them and have them share in the residential recovery experience.

Job Description:

Our team of counsellors provides clinical services such as assessment, treatment planning and therapeutic counselling for adult men and women with substance misuse problems and their family members.  As ideal candidate, you will act ethically, have a strong focus on client needs and be able to act both independently and as part of a team.  You will also provide liaison, consultation and prevention services to other professionals in the community.  Leadership skills, the ability to make decisions and problem-solve are essential to this role.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct group and one-to-one counselling sessions using trauma informed practices
  • Facilitate family connection days
  • Be responsible for caseload as assigned
  • Orient new clients as scheduled
  • Meet with assigned new clients on an individual basis
  • Assist in the development and implementation of individual treatment and aftercare plan
  • Maintain accurate, confidential and up-to-date information in client files
  • Conducts assessment interviews with potential clients as per schedule
  • Maintain an accurate and up-to-date knowledge of resources available to clients and refer when appropriate
  • Conduct group and education sessions as per schedule
  • Continue to upgrade credentials as required
  • Attend staff and clinical meetings as scheduled
  • Take part in prevention activities as requested
  • Assist with practicum student training
  • Other related duties as required

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong mental health background
  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic counselling skills
  • Broad knowledge of bio-psycho-social issues that may occur in response to changing mental health and alcohol and/or other drug needs
  • Broad knowledge of mental health and substance abuse disorders and their interaction
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology
  • Broad knowledge of legislation, government policies and procedures that relate to the client
  • Broad knowledge of healthcare and community services available to applicable client groups
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate the development of an integrated system of addiction and mental health services, and other related professionals
  • Demonstrated ability to gather relevant information to make a multi-dimensional substance misuse and mental health assessment
  • Demonstrated ability to complete a psychiatric assessment, case formulation and, in consultation with the client, to create a treatment plan that addresses both substance misuse and any level of mental disorder
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a variety of theoretical models to practice in assessment and intervention
  • Demonstrated ability to assess and respond appropriately to emergent situations
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients, colleagues, referral sources, medical personnel, and community agency personnel
  • Demonstrated ability to establish priorities, analyze and problem solve in pressure situations
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position
  • Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment
  • Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Internet and e-mail software

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Masters’ degree in an applicable social or health sciences program such as Counselling Psychology, Family Therapy or a related discipline
  • Minimum 2 years proven, recent related experience providing professional services to individuals who have substance misuse and mental health illness or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Supervisory experience an asset
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Comply with both federal and provincial police check requirements