Youth Substance Use Counsellor

- Closes July 26, 2019

  • Addiction Services
  • Chilliwack

Chilliwack Addictions and Prevention (CAPS)  (Job #8680 – 1901)
Term Full Time (Grid 13) 3 months term, starting September 7th

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 a 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 a term of three months.  The Youth Substance Use Counsellor is a member of Chilliwack Addiction and Prevention program and will provide alcohol and drug individual support and counselling services to young people (aged 13-24, with emphasis on 13 – 18) residing in Chilliwack.  Their primary role is to engage in one-to-one counselling and support.  As needed, the counsellor may be required to organize and facilitate groups, organize and participate in recreation activities, and provide services at local youth service hubs. The position works within the strategic objectives of the Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) to ensure the provision of effective and efficient services to the participants. 

Academic and Job Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or a related field, plus 1 years’ direct experience. Substance Use or Addiction Counselling training.  Combination of education and experience will be considered. Experience working in an alcohol and drug intervention and treatment environment
  • Experience providing youth alcohol and drug services within a biopsychosocial-spiritual framework
  • Knowledge of learning disabilities (including FASD, ADHD), barriers to support, addictions theory, motivational theory, the effects of abuse and trauma, and Aboriginal culture.
  • Sound judgement and effective interpersonal skills
  • Clear communication skills, verbal and written
  • Trauma-informed practice and suicide intervention training                                             

Basic Requirements:

  • Criminal records check including the vulnerable sector
  • Current Standard first aid certificate and CPR
  • Substance Abuse/Addictions Counselling Training
  • Valid Driver’s License, Use of own vehicle (Business Insurance and $3 Million Liability) 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


Manager, Chilliwack Health and Housing Centre

Salary Range:     $23.31/hour – $26.53/hour

“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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