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Concurrent Disorder Counsellor- Forensic Regional Clinic Services Kelowna

Concurrent Disorder Counsellor

Forensic Regional Clinic Services Kelowna $35.65 – $44.56 per hour


What you do


  • Facilitate psycho-education and manualized substance use and mental health group treatment. Work with groups to review learning needs; aid in understanding of illness(es), teach containment skills, relapse prevention and coping strategies; suggest positive behavior modifications; encourages socialization, social skill development, and behavioural modeling; provide education regarding health care for immune compromised and disadvantaged clients to maintain physical well-being; and support patients and their families to take responsibility for their health through education, collaboration, and goal-setting.
  • Provide evidence-based, trauma-informed individualized substance use and mental health counselling services including crisis intervention and stabilization, comprehensive assessments, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, social skills training and relapse prevention.
  • 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, and 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 Forensic Regional Clinic staff to identify appropriate clients for interventions, preparing discharge planning information and resources that will assist clients in their ongoing recovery and treatment, and meeting with clients, and referring/after-care agencies to gather information. Liaises with referring/after-care agencies (community clinics, professionals, private practitioners) to facilitate treatment planning and discharge care.
  • Act as an advocate for clients during inter-professional team meetings to evaluate and change the treatment plan; complete forms relevant to ongoing and after care planning and gather information from substance use and mental health resources, and refer clients to other services as required to assist clients in reaching their treatment goals.
  • Monitor systems which ensure the safety of clients including substance use, communications by methods such as requesting urine samples, , alerting other staff regarding client concerns, maintaining awareness of client’s physical and emotional conditions, maintaining safety and security protocols during all programming and 1:1 sessions, and bringing any safety issues to the attention of the Health Care Manager or designate.
  • Perform regular security functions to maintain the safety and security of client’s staff, families and the general public at all times and takes immediate action to mitigate risks, as well as reporting all real and potential risk issues. Assesses individual client risks factors and incorporates risk mitigation strategies into clients’ care plans in order to optimize safety and security for staff, other clients and the general public.


What you bring


  • 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.

What you have


  • 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
  • Experience with motivational interviewing/therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Understand group dynamics, individual counselling and family therapy.
  • Teach, demonstrate and coach clients.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and good interpersonal communication and public relation skills
  • 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 interprofessional team and to use initiative and function independently.
  • Adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, establish priorities, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Operate related equipment including basic computer literacy to operate a computerized clinical information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Perform the duties of the job.
  • Travel to other Forensic Regional Clinics as required



What’s in it for you


Every PHSA employee enables the best possible patient care for our patients and their families. Whether you are providing direct care, conducting research, or making it possible for others to do their work, you impact the lives of British Columbians today and in the future. That’s why we’re focused on your care too – offering health, wellness, development programs to support you – at work and at home.

  • Join one of BC’s largest employers with province-wide programs, services and operations – offering vast opportunities for growth and development.
  • Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs.
  • Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan.
  • 12 annual statutory holidays with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
  • Perks include onsite fitness classes and discounts to 350 BC-wide recreational programs, travel, technology, car and bike sharing, and more.



Regular Full Time
#115A – 1835 Gordon Drive, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 3A4

Wage: $35.65 – $44.56 per hour
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Monday – Friday 08:30 – 16:30

Requisition Number: 108141


What we do


BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, coordinates and evaluates specialized health services with the BC health authorities to provide equitable and cost-effective health care for people throughout the province. 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:


PHSA is committed to employment equity and hires on the basis of merit, encouraging all qualified individuals 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, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.


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