Youth Outreach Addictions Counsellor

- Closes October 25, 2018

  • Addiction Services
  • Chilliwack

ASTRA Youth Addictions Outreach – Chilliwack (Job #8640 – 1002)

Term Full Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13) (One year Term)

PCRS is a long-standing, award-winning not-for-profit that serves the most vulnerable people in the Province of B.C. We believe that helping the most marginalized individuals and families will raise the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Our vision is to see everyone thriving in strong, healthy communities, and our mission is to inspire healthy and inclusive communities through leadership and collaboration. We value advocacy, diversity and inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being. We have been recognized for placing high value on work-life balance. Our Employee Family Assistance Program has a full preventative health program including nutrition awareness, stress reduction, and tools to assist our staff with maintaining work-life balance. We take care of our people who take care of the people we serve.

Position Summary:

The Youth Outreach Addictions Counsellor is a member of a decentralized team (each worker is assigned a catchment area) that provides alcohol and drug individual support and treatment services to young people (aged 13 – 24, with emphasis on 13 – 18) residing in the catchment area.  Their primary role is to engage in one-to-one counselling.  In some instances, the counsellor may be required to organize and facilitate groups. Group work could include: co-leadership of groups with other co-laterals including other PCRS staff and volunteers, professionals working for other agencies, and/or authorized “peer counsellors”.  In some cases, the youth outreach addictions counsellor may be required to take sole responsibility for small group operation.

One-to-one counselling includes accepting and processing referrals, participant assessment, referral, and the development of service goals with these youth and/or the referring worker.  This role requires a sound understanding of normal and delayed or problematic development, behaviour, and barriers, addictions theory, motivational theory, and the effects of trauma and abuse (including sexual abuse).  Specific skills in physical and recreational activities and life skills instruction are an asset.  Cases involving “family therapy” will be referred to the program supervisor or another agency for follow up.

Primary Duties:

1) Coordinate Program Within the Catchment Area (Chilliwack and surrounding area):

  • Engage in day-to-day liaison activities with relevant professionals and community members.
  • Keeps the Program Supervisor advised of youth, community, and inter-agency relationships and concerns.
  • Keep the Program Supervisor advised about day-to-day program functioning.
  • Act as an intake worker for participants residing in the catchment area.

2) To Provide One-to-One Counselling and Support Services:

  • Understand the importance of the role of case management and goal setting. Able to work with the participant and referring worker (case manager) to establish mutually acceptable goals.
  • Provide both insight and practical goal focussed counselling strategies while maintaining a safe and respectful environment.
  • Provide outreach services to youth who are unwilling or unable to attend office based appointments.
  • Accept referrals from sources within the program’s catchment area. Screen and assess referrals. Discuss suitability of participants for the program with the Program Supervisor.
  • Engage in regular case conferences with the Program Supervisor and reports unusual occurrence immediately.
  • Act as a positive role model for youth and parents and assist the youth in developing values of honesty, self-assertiveness, and respect for others, a democratic viewpoint, and lack of dependency on drugs, alcohol, and self-abusive and destructive behaviour.

3) To Operate Groups (as required):

  • Develop, with other professionals, group services that are relevant to local need.
  • Provide both insight and practically focussed counselling while maintaining a safe group
  • Plan and implement relevant group programming.
  • Act as a positive role model for youth and parents and assists the youth in developing values of honesty, self-assertiveness, and respect for others, a democratic viewpoint, and lack of dependency on drugs, alcohol, and self-abusive and destructive behaviour.

4) To Work as a Member of a Treatment Team:

  • Develop a written service plan in collaboration with the participant.
  • Explain the Program’s expectations and confidentiality policy to the youth and obtains a written or verbal consent to services.
  • Maintain case notes describing significant information related to services provided and response to services.
  • Engage in periodic evaluation and review of service goals and re-negotiates goals as is appropriate.
  • Produce detailed written assessments and discharge reports as required by agency policy.

5) Maintain Administrative Policies:

  • Participate in the work of PCRS’s committee system and is responsible for the implementation of the agency’s policy.
  • Attend and participate in all supervision and staff meetings, training sessions, committee meetings, and agency all-staff meetings.
  • Give and receive constructive criticism.
  • Communicate effectively with both co-workers and supervisors.
  • Maintain appropriate group and case files and documentation.
  • Maintain petty cash and transportation records according to the financial policies of the agency.
  • Carry out administration tasks as assigned.

6) To Maintain Health and Safety:

  • Manage acting out behaviour by applying methods of logical consequence in accordance with agency policy. Intervenes effectively to prevent or diffuse violence.
  • Handle emergency situations safely and in accordance with agency policy.
  • Maintain good safety practices and a preventative approach.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring the youth’s health, making appointments with relevant professionals when necessary.
  • Understand the stresses of the job and takes steps to prevent personal burn-out.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

BSW or B.A. in a related field, plus one year of experience.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal record check including the vulnerable sector
  • Standard first aid certificate and CPR
  • Substance abuse/addictions counselling training
  • Valid driver’s license, use of own vehicle with reimbursement
  • Basic computer skills

Desired Requirements:

  • Learning Disabilities training including FASD, ADHD, early childhood education, special needs specialized training and experience in health promotion and/or adolescent alcohol and drug treatment
  • Other certification in recreation or arts


  • Jutta Wykpis, Manager – Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre
Salary Range:     $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour, Plus benefit package (100% employer paid)

PCRS fosters an environment that ensures a sense of belonging, dignity, and respect. We welcome applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and all abilities.”

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