Concurrent Disorder Counsellor

About the company:

The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor works as part of an inter-professional health care team in the Forensic Regional Clinics, providing counselling services to clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor performs individual psychosocial assessments, provides individual substance use and mental health counselling, conducts group counselling sessions, and delivers psycho-educational group sessions. The Concurrent Disorder Counsellor plans, implements and assesses individualized client treatment programs using a trauma-informed framework and culturally safe methods.

In this role, you will,

  • Facilitates psycho-education and manualized substance use and mental health group treatment. Works with groups to review learning needs; aid in understanding of illness(es), teach containment skills, relapse prevention and coping strategies; suggest positive behavior modifications; encourages socialization, social skill development, and behavioural modeling; provides education regarding health care for immune compromised and disadvantaged clients to maintain physical well-being; and supports patients and their families to take responsibility for their health through education, collaboration, and goal-setting.
  • Provides evidence-based, trauma-informed individualized substance use and mental health counselling services including crisis intervention and stabilization, comprehensive assessments, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, social skills training and relapse prevention.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of individualized treatment plans by methods such as working with clients to develop their goals for treatment and the criteria to measure progress towards these goals, collecting data from these criteria, and meeting with clients on a regular basis to review progress, and evaluating the treatment plan as required.
  • Performs enrollment to programs according to established protocols by methods such as working with the interprofessional team and Forensic Regional Clinic staff to identify appropriate clients for interventions, preparing discharge planning information and resources that will assist clients in their ongoing recovery and treatment, and meeting with clients, and referring/after-care agencies to gather information. Liaises with referring/after-care agencies (community clinics, professionals, private practitioners) to facilitate treatment planning and discharge care.
  • Acts as an advocate for clients during inter-professional team meetings to evaluate and change the treatment plan; completes forms relevant to ongoing and after care planning and gathers information from substance use and mental health resources, and refers clients to other services as required to assist clients in reaching their treatment goals.

You hold:

  • Master’s Degree in an allied health discipline (counselling and/or social work) from an approved and accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Three (3) years’ of recent related clinical experience, including at least one (1) years’ experience in a concurrent disorder program providing therapeutic individual and group counselling.
  • Registered with a recognized professional body.

You have:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of substance dependence and concurrent disorders.
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects), trauma informed practice , and chronic disease such as HIV and Hepatitis C
  • Demonstrated skill in and experience with motivational interviewing/therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.
  • Broad knowledge of adult education principles, methods and tools.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of and experience in group dynamics, individual counselling and family therapy.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach, demonstrate and coach clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; and good interpersonal communication and public relation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with multi-barrier clients and a positive attitude toward clients with substance dependence and concurrent disorder.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate on program evaluation
  • Demonstrated ability to work well as a member of an interprofessional team and to use initiative and function independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events, problem solve, establish priorities, and to deal effectively with conflict situations.
  • Ability to operate related equipment including basic computer literacy to operate a computerized clinical information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and e-mail software.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the job.
  • Ability to travel to other Forensic Regional Clinics as required.

How to apply:

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