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July 16, 2021

Alcohol and Drug Counsellor

Reports To: Coordinator of Supportive Recovery and Career Development Centre

Term: Permanent Full-Time  

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm with ½ hour paid break.

Wage Range: $28.00 to $35.00 Commensurate with experience.


Permanent Full-Time/Temporary Full-Time (over three months) who work more than 30 hours per week are eligible for three weeks paid vacation in the first year and they may be taken after a successful probationary period. In the second year, this entitlement increases to four weeks. In the fifth year, the entitlement increases to five weeks. Each year after five years the entitlement is five weeks plus one day for every subsequent year to a maximum of six weeks. Unless otherwise negotiated. Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (22.5 hours per week and over on contracts more than three months) vacation entitlements accrue each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   Casual/On-Call/Permanent Part-Time/Temporary Part-Time employees (under 22.5 hours per week or on contracts less than three months) vacation entitlements are paid out each payroll according to Employment Standards Act BC (as amended).   


Permanent Full-Time employees are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). Temporary Full-Time employees for a term longer than three months are eligible for full health benefits (minimum 30 hours per week). These hours can be fulfilled through a variety of permanent positions.  Part-Time Employees are eligible to take part in our Health Care Spending Account which provides a tax-free partial reimbursement for eligible healthcare expenses up to the bi-annual maximum for Permanent Part-Time, Temporary Part-Time and Caretakers through a third-party administrator. All employees have access to the Yearly Physical Activity Bonus, two additional ASK Statutory Holidays, Annual Retreats, Trainings, and ASK Staff Social Events.

Who is the ASK Wellness Society?

The ASK Wellness Society is a not-for-profit organization that supports individuals within the BC Region with opportunities and the resources to change their current situation. It is about reaching out to those people who are homeless and battling addictions, helping them find housing and medical care, addressing their addictions, stabilizing mental health issues and, ultimately, providing them with the skills to re-enter the work force. The ASK Wellness Society administers an unconditional sense of hope to those who are convinced they are incapable of ever achieving a stable and meaningful life.

Purpose and Function:

As the Alcohol and Drug Counsellor you will provide services to clients with a treatment time ranging from three to six months and allocating hours of individual treatment as well as group or family support/treatment when needed. You will work in collaboration with the Maverick Team, performing assessment/planning, implementing, and providing counselling supports to clients. The Alcohol and Drug Counsellor operates in accordance with the competency guidelines and practice within the Standards of Practice as outlines by the British Columbia Regulated Mental Health Profession.

 Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Working with the Coordinator of Supportive Recovery and Career Development Centre and Management Team to create and facilitate an addiction and recovery support curriculum for Program Participants;
  • Helps facilitate triage and screening of all individuals seeking help through the recovery program. The incumbent conducts a risk assessment to determine type of service needed and explains the services offered, providing relevant mental health support, and recommending/referring other forms of support/community service options;
  • Provide "out-patient" drug and alcohol counselling services to chemically dependent individuals, and their families.
  • Provide one-on-one and group counselling/psychological and emotional support services to participants in the Maverick Recovery and Career Development Centre;
  • Intervene, upon request, in alcohol and/or drug related crisis situations;
  • Encourage and support Program Participants by providing in-house services to live as fully and independently as possible within the local community, providing information, emotional/practical support and training as appropriate;
  • Contribute to the protection of Program Participants from abuse, and support Participants when they are in distress;
  • Interview clients and examine their medical history;
  • Work closely with community resources (i.e., CMHA, IHA, Friendship Centre, Brain Injury, etc.);
  • When necessary, be trained to be the first to respond to an overdose situation with on-the-spot overdose response and support; work calmly and together with your team, paramedics, and police in crisis situations;
  • Work with your team to assist with meal service/preparation, and common area cleanliness;
  • Ensure compliance with all Society supportive standards, policies, and procedures;
  • Other duties which may or may not be outlined in this job description.

Administrative Responsibilities: 

  • Assist team to maintain complete documentation, verbal and written reports, statistics, and records in files and on ShareVision database;
  • Maintain files and documentation to the COA Standard and when requested, be a member of the COA’s Performance and Quality Improvement team in which you will encourage the organization to use data to identify areas of needed improvement and implement improvement plans.

Qualifications and Suitability:

  • Must have a Bachelor of Social Work and/or Registration with the BC College of Social Workers;
  • Four years Additions and Mental Health related experience required;
  • Certificate in Addiction Counselling required;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous culture and traditions and a demonstrated ability to work with Indigenous peoples an asset;
  • Understanding of various social and political issues in the Indigenous Community. Ability to apply knowledge and experience in the areas of trauma, PTSD, residential school, colonial impact on indigenous peoples an asset;
  • Ability to work as a team member in a case management setting involving multi-agency supports;
  • Understands and maintains clientele/worker boundaries;
  • Strong working knowledge of community resources;
  • Excellent communication, writing, documentation and organizational skills;
  • Must pass criminal record check for vulnerable sector and reference screening;
  • Must have access to vehicle in good working condition and possess valid driver’s license with relevant insurance to transport clients;
  • It is noted that this is a pet friendly environment.

Training and Educational Support:

  • VAT (Vulnerability Assessment Tool) training an asset;
  • Mental Health First Aid, Trauma Informed Practice and ASSIST Training an asset;
  • Level 1 First Aid required;
  • In-house Violence Prevention Training provided;
  • Willing to provide flexibility and financial support to complete Addiction and Counselling Education.

The ASK Wellness Society is dedicated to promoting diversity/multiculturalism with inclusion as one of our Core Values.  We are fully focused on equality and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Closing Date:  July 23rd, 2021, at 9:00am

Interview Dates: July 29th, 2021
Send cover letter and resume to:

Please Reference Position: A&D Counsellor

Attention: Human Resources

Note: This description may be amended at any time in response to operational and funding requirements and may include other duties not outlined here.

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