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Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, North Fraser Pretrial Centre, Correctional Health Services


Use your counselling skills to improve the health of patients with challenging co-occurring substance use and mental health.


In this role, you will:

  • Work as part of an inter-professional health care team in Forensic Regional Clinics, providing counselling services to clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Perform individual psychosocial assessments.
  • Provide individual substance use and mental health counselling.
  • Conduct group counselling sessions.
  • Deliver psycho-educational group sessions.
  • Plan, implement and assess individualized client treatment programs using a trauma-informed framework and culturally safe methods.


As our successful candidate, you will:


  • Facilitate psycho-education and manualized substance use and mental health group treatment.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-informed individualized substance use and mental health counselling.
  • Participate in individualized treatment plans development and implementation.
  • Enroll patients in support programs.
  • Monitor systems to ensure client, staff, family and general public safety and take action as necessary.
  • Develop and present seminars about substance use, concurrent disorder, mental illness, trauma and other related issues to clients in consultation with the inter-professional team and professional practice leaders. Participate in the orientation and continuing education of counselling and health care professions and students. Contribute information in rounds, committees and staff meetings.
  • Maintain accurate client files, referral and assessment forms. Prepare discharge summaries.
  • Meet regularly with the Health Care Manager to discuss program development/changes, program needs, and specific client concerns. Participate in program measurement, planning, and evaluation. Represent the Forensic Regional Clinics in the community through committee participation and public education.
  • Participate in collegial support, practicum student supervision and consultation. Maintain knowledge of current related developments in substance use and mental health issues.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


You have:

  • 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 program providing therapeutic individual and group counselling.
  • Registered with a recognized professional body.


You have a demonstrated ability to:

  • Teach and coach clients.
  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing and interpersonally and for public relations.
  • Establish rapport with multi-barrier clients and a positive attitude toward clients with substance dependence and concurrent disorder.
  • Collaborate on program evaluation.
  • Work well as a member of an inter-professional team or independently.
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, establish priorities, and deal effectively with conflict.


You have broad knowledge of:

  • Social work theory and Forensic Psychiatric Social Work practice.
  • BCCSW professional practice standards.
  • Other facilities and community resources.
  • Other health care disciplines and their role in client care.
  • Bill C30 and the Provincial Court system.
  • Psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).



If this sounds like you, apply now!



About Us


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.


We hire on the basis of merit and encourage all qualified applicants to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, backgrounds and experiences. We strive to create a safe and welcoming environment where everyone can come to work and be their best, authentic self. 


  • Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, Correctional Health Services
  • Wage: $34.26 to $42.73 per hour
  • Anticipated Start Date: ASAP
  • North Fraser Pretrial Centre, Port Coquitlam, BC
Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #CASNFPC-2326918
Work Site
Job TypeCasual, Part-Time
Salary/Rate$34.26 - $42.73 / Hour
Hours of Work
Work Days
Expiry Date18-Oct-2019

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