Youth Substance Use Counsellor

- Closes April 26, 2019

  • Chilliwack

Chilliwack Addictions and Prevention (CAPS) Program – Chilliwack (Job #8640 – 1903)

Regular Full Time (35 hours/week) (Grid 13)

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 a 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:

Pacific Community Resources Society requires a full time Youth Substance Use Counsellor for the Chilliwack Addiction and Prevention Program in Chilliwack.  The Youth Substance Use Counsellor is a member of Chilliwack Addiction and Prevention program, and will provide alcohol and drug group, individual support, and treatment services to youth (aged 13-24) residing in Chilliwack.  Their primary role is to engage youth in one-to-one counselling, and to offer presentations to schools.  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, school district staff, professionals working for other agencies, and/or authorized “peer counsellors”.  In some cases, substance use counsellor may be required to take sole responsibility for small group operation.

This roles require a sound understanding of normal and delayed or problematic development, behaviour, and barriers, addictions theory, motivational theory, and the effects of abuse (including sexual abuse).  Specific skills in physical and recreational activities and life skills instruction are an asset.

Academic and Job Experience Required:

B.A. in related field (Social Work, Counselling, and/or Psychology) plus three years’ directly related experience.                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal records check including the vulnerable sector
  • Valid BC driver’s license with business insurance use
  • Use of own vehicle (mileage is paid)
  • Driver’s abstract must be submitted
  • Substance Abuse/Addictions Counselling Training

Desired Requirements:

  • Familiarity with transtheoretical model of change
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Solution focused counselling
  • Addictions counselling training
  • Mental health training
  • Sexual abuse training
  • Depression/Suicide/Co-occurring disorder training.


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.”

How to apply

Send Cover Letter and Resume to:

ATTN: Jutta Wykpis, Manager, Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre

Please quote “Job #8640-1903” on your cover letter

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