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Concurrent Disorder Counsellor - Forensic Psychiatric Services, BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services


Provide counselling services to clients with substance use dependence, concurrent disorders, and chronic disease.


In this role, you will:

  • Provide trauma-informed individualized therapeutic counselling services including crisis intervention and stabilization, in alignment with evidence-based practice, including: comprehensive assessment; cognitive behavioral therapy; dialectical behaviour therapy; motivational interviewing and therapy; social skills training; and relapse prevention.
  • Facilitate psycho-education and process oriented group therapy with an assigned number of clients using 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 patients and their families to take responsibility for their health through education, collaboration, and goal setting.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans by methods such as: working with clients to develop their goals for treatment and the criteria to measure progress towards these goals; collecting data from these criteria; meeting with clients on a regular basis to review progress; and evaluating the treatment plan as required.
  • Perform enrollment to programs according to established protocols by methods such as: working with the interprofessional team and BC Corrections staff to identify appropriate clients for interventions; preparing discharge planning information and resources that will assist clients in their ongoing recovery and treatment; meeting with clients; and referring/after-care agencies to gather information.
  • Liaise with referring/after-care agencies (community clinics, professionals, private practitioners) to facilitate treatment planning and discharge care.



You have:

  • A 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.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of substance dependence and concurrent disorders.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects), trauma informed practice, and chronic disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods, and tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in group dynamics, individual counselling and family therapy.

You have demonstrated ability:

  • With motivational interviewing/therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • To teach, demonstrate, and coach clients.
  • To communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and good interpersonal communication and public relation skills.
  • To establish rapport with multi-barrier clients and a positive attitude toward clients with substance dependence and concurrent disorders.
  • To collaborate on program evaluation.
  • To work well as a member of an interprofessional team, and to use initiative and function independently.
  • To adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, establish priorities, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • To operate related equipment, including basic computer literacy to operate a computerized clinical information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Physically perform the duties of the job.
  • To travel to other Correctional Health Centres as required.


If this sounds like you, apply now! 




Job Details:


Reference #: 85618

Regular, Full-Time (1.00 FTE)

Monday-Friday; 0830-1630

Wage: $34.26 to $42.73 per hour

10022 King George Blvd, Surrey BC, V3T 2W4


About Us:


BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA). PHSA provides specialized health services to British Columbians, including cancer care, organ transplantation, pediatrics, emergency services, mental health and substance use services. Our values reflect our commitment to excellence and include: Respect people – Be compassionate – Dare to innovate  Cultivate partnerships – Serve with purpose. Learn more about PHSA and our programs:


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.


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Labor AgreementHealth Science Professionals
Requisition #85618-2328128
Work SiteSurrey Forensic Psychiatric Services
Job TypeRegular, Full-Time
Hours of Work08:30 - 16:30
Work DaysMonday-Friday
Expiry Date02-Nov-2019

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