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PHSA together with BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) took on responsibility for the delivery of health care services in BC Corrections facilities in October 2017. PHSA is mandated to improve the quality and continuity of care for clients across the province during their time in correctional facilities and as they reintegrate into the community. This will help to improve access to primary health care, as well as mental health and substance use supports for inmates, key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.



The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages and evaluates selected specialty and province wide health care services across BC, working with the five geographic health authorities to deliver province-wide solutions that improve the health of British Columbians. PHSA embodies values that reflect a commitment to excellence. These include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose  


Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, Correctional Health Services

Reference # 61517303

Wage: $32.39 to $40.40 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: October 1, 2017


Casual opportunities available at the following centres:


Kamloops - Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre

Maple Ridge - Alouette Correctional Centre for Women

Maple Ridge - Fraser Regional Correctional Centre

Nanaimo - Nanaimo Correctional Centre

Oliver - Okanagan Correctional Centre

Port Coquitlam - North Fraser Pre-Trial Centre

Prince George - Prince George Regional Correctional Centre

Surrey - Surrey Pre-Trial Services Centre

Victoria - Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre


Please indicate in your resume which Centre(s) you would like to be considered for.


In accordance with the Mission, Vision and Values, and strategic directions of Provincial Health Services Authority patient safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone at PHSA, and as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position. The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor works as part of an inter-professional health care team, providing counselling services to clients with substance use dependence, concurrent disorders and chronic disease. The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor performs individual psychosocial assessments, provides individual therapeutic counselling, conducts group counselling sessions, and delivers psycho educational groups. The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor plans, implements and assesses individualized client treatment programs for clients with substance dependence, mental illness, concurrent disorder, trauma and/or chronic disease through the lens of cultural competency within a trauma informed framework.




Education, Training and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in an allied health discipline (counselling and/or social work) from an approved and accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Three (3) years’ of recent related clinical experience, including at least one (1) years’ experience in a concurrent disorder, substance use or mental health program providing therapeutic individual and group counselling.

Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of substance dependence and concurrent disorder.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects), trauma informed practice, and chronic disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Demonstrated skill in and experience with motivational interviewing/therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in group dynamics, individual counselling and family therapy.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate and coach clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and good interpersonal communication and public relation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with multi-barrier clients and a positive attitude toward clients with substance dependence and concurrent disorder.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on program evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of an interprofessional team and to use initiative and function independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, establish priorities, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including basic computer literacy to operate a computerized clinical information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Ability to travel to other Correctional Health Centres as required. 

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