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Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, Correctional Health Services

Maple Ridge, Canada

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Working within Correctional Health Services, you will provide trauma-informed care to clients presenting with a wide variety and complexity of acute and chronic illnesses/diseases, including communicable diseases, substance dependency, and mental health and general health issues. You will be a member of an interdisciplinary, collaborative health care team, liaising with other health care professionals, clients, family members, and community agencies to provide clients with safe and effective care. Be part of a team where you can live and work in your community, positively influence an incarcerated individual’s journey down a new path, and see the difference you can make as you serve the diverse populations of the BC Corrections system.

  • Job Type: Full-Time, Part-Time,
    Temporary, Casual
  • Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior,
  • Travel: Minimal

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  • Achiever
  • Confident
  • Detail-Oriented
  • Good Listener
  • Team Player
  • Trustworthy

About Correctional Health Services

Correctional Health Services (CHS), part of BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS), a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), is an integral part of British Columbia’s health care system. CHS provides health services at the 10 provincial correctional centres. 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 support for inmates; key needs that have been identified not just in BC, but internationally.


"We have a really robust health care system within corrections. We have what we call our Mental Health and Substance Use team and it’s made up of allied health professionals as well as nurses, and that includes Mental Health Coordinators, Concurrent Disorder Counsellors, Addictions Counsellors, Access and Transition Nurses who do a lot of discharge planning work, Mental Health & Substance Use Nurses, Social Workers as well as Support Workers"

Shannon Petovello Mental Health Coordinator, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women

"This is a fantastic place to learn and grow as a nurse. I had only been a nurse for a year when I started here."

Jennifer Gill Licensed Practical Nurse, Alouette Correctional Centre for Women

"Corrections was something different, so I tried it, and I never left."

Kelsey Holzworth Registered (Clinic) Nurse, Prince George Regional Correctional Centre

Benefits and Perks

Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.

  • Healthcare

    Extended health and dental benefits

  • Continuing Education

    Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs

  • Relocation

    Relocation support for out-of-province hires

  • Collaboration

    Work with an interdisciplinary health care team

  • Variety

    Opportunity to work across multiple roles, such as clinic nurse and mental health & substance use nurse roles.

  • Compensation

    Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements

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Concurrent Disorder Counsellor, Correctional Health Services

Maple Ridge, Canada

Job Summary:

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.


1. Provides 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.
2. Facilitates 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.
3. Participates 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.

4. Performs 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, 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.
5. Acts as an advocate for clients during inter-professional team meetings to evaluate and change the treatment plan; completes forms relevant to ongoing and after care planning and gathers information from substance use and mental health resources, and refers clients to other services as required to assist clients in reaching their treatment goals.
6. Monitors 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.
7. Performs 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.
8. Develops and presents 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. Participates in the orientation and continuing education of counselling and health care professions and students by preceptoring and role modeling. Contributes as a member of the inter-professional team through contributing information in rounds, committees and staff meetings.
9. Maintains accurate client files, referral and assessment forms, and other relevant statistical information. Prepares discharge summaries for referring/after-care sources for assigned patients. Completes documentation under professional practice guidelines and within policies of PHSA.
10. Meets regularly with the Health Care Manager to discuss program development/changes, program needs, and specific client concerns. Participates as required in program measurement, planning, and evaluation processes. Represents Correctional Health Services in the community through committee participation and public education.
11. Participates in collegial support, supervision of practicum students and consultation on a daily basis. Maintains an updated knowledge of current developments in substance use and mental health issues particularly related to offenders, women, chronic disease, counselling therapy, and trauma by reviewing relevant literature, consulting with clinical and community experts within the field, evaluating clinical practice, and participating in professional development activities in order to improve care through new practices
12. Performs other related duties as assigned


• 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.</job_


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