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Addictions Counsellor, Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, Correctional Health Services –Victoria, BC
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,
- Job Level: Entry, Mid, Senior,
- Travel: Minimal
What does it take to be successful working in Correctional Health Services at PHSA? Check out the top traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.
- Good Listener
- Team Player
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
Community Transition Teams
Dudes Clubs have sprung up throughout the province, giving Indigenous men in B.C. a space where they can engage with a community that prioritizes supportive relationships, health care and shared world views.
Prison health is public health
“Prison health is important because most persons that are incarcerated will end up back in the community—upwards of 80-90 per cent of people," says Dr. Nader Sharifi, the medical director of Correctional Health Services. "So it became obvious very early that providing care in custody reflects on what happens in the community. For example, ensuring high quality STD (sexually transmitted diseases) testing and treatment in custody will prevent the spread of infectious disease in the community.”
Benefits and Perks
Benefits vary by job type and are confirmed in the interview and hiring process.
Extended health and dental benefits
Access to more than 2,000 in-house training programs
Relocation support for out-of-province hires
Work with an interdisciplinary health care team
Opportunity to work across multiple roles, such as clinic nurse and mental health & substance use nurse roles.
Equitable hourly rates in accordance with collective agreements
Addictions Counsellor, Vancouver Island Regional Correctional Centre, Correctional Health Services –Victoria, BC
BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services
What you’ll do
- Provide individualized therapeutic counselling services including crisis intervention and stabilization, according to a variety of theoretical models and best practices including comprehensive assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, social skills training and relapse prevention.
- Facilitate psycho-educational, process group therapy, and family sessions with an assigned number of patients for the duration of their involvement in the Addictions Counselling program by 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 the patients to develop their goals for treatment and the criteria to measure progress towards these goals, collects the data from these criteria, meeting with the patients on a regular basis to review progress, and evaluating the treatment plan if required.
- Prepare for discharge planning and continuity of care through referrals to community resources, which will assist the client in their ongoing recovery and treatment. Meet with clients, families and referring agencies to advance discharge and continuity of care planning. Liaises with referring agencies (addiction clinics, residential treatment and recovery providers, professionals, and private practitioners) to facilitate treatment planning and continuity of care planning.
- Act as a client advocate during the care management meetings to evaluate and change the treatment plan, completes forms relevant to ongoing and after care planning and gathers information from addictions and mental health resources, and refers clients to other services as required to assist clients in reaching their treatment goals.
What you bring
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a related allied heath discipline
- Three (3) years’ of recent related clinical experience, including at least one (1) year’s experience in a substance use and mental health program providing therapeutic individual and group counselling.
Skills and Knowledge:
- Awareness of and commitment to learning and understanding the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action (2015), In Plain Sight Report (2020), BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019), and other related reports.
- Commitment to upholding the shared responsibility of creating lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Canada as per TRC (2015) and BC's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (2019).
- As a strong asset for consideration, we are looking for our successful candidate to have: Knowledge of social, economic, political and historical realities impacting indigenous communities and familiarity with Indigenous Cultural Safety and anti-racism and accompanying reports (BC DRIPA, TRC, etc.)
- Comprehensive knowledge of substance dependence and concurrent disorders.
- Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects), trauma informed care, and chronic disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C.
What we bring
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, development, and recognition programs that honour the commitment and contribution of all employees.
- Access to professional development opportunities through our in-house training programs, including +2,000 courses, such as our San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training course, or Core Linx for Leadership roles.
- Enjoy a comprehensive benefits package, including municipal pension plan, and psychological health & safety programs and holistic wellness resources.
- Annual statutory holidays (13) with generous vacation entitlement and accruement.
- PHSA is a remote work friendly employer, welcoming flexible work options to support our people (eligibility may vary, depending on position).
- Access to WorkPerks, a premium discount program offering a wide range of local and national discounts on electronics, entertainment, dining, travel, wellness, apparel, and more.
Job Type: Temporary, Full- Time until March 31st 2024 (1.00 FTE)
Wage: $39.14 to $48.88 per hour
Location: 4216 Wilkinson Rd, Victoria, BC V8Z 5B2
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Hours of Work: 0830-1630; Monday - Friday.
Requisition # 142160
As per the current Public Health Order, full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment with PHSA as of October 26, 2021.
What we do
BC Mental Health & Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) cares for people with complex mental health and substance use challenges.
BCMHSUS is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA).
The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) plans, manages 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: jobs.phsa.ca/programs-and-services
PHSA and BCMHSUS are committed to employment equity, 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, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.
Reconciliation is an ongoing process and a shared responsibility for all of us. The BC Governments’ unanimous passage of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was a significant step forward in this journey—one that all health authorities are expected to support as we work in cooperation with Indigenous Peoples to establish a clear and sustainable path to lasting reconciliation. True reconciliation will take time and ongoing commitment to work with Indigenous Peoples as they move toward self-determination. Guiding these efforts Crown agencies must remain focused on creating opportunities that implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Mandate.
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