Addictions Counsellor

Job Description

Term: 3 days per week – permanent (22.5 hours per week)

Closing Date: open until filled

Reporting To: Director of Health

About the Health Team

The Upper Similkameen Indian Band (USIB) Health Centre provides wholistic, culturally safe care for our Indigenous families and individuals in the community. Our goal is to improve all health outcomes by striving for balance in one’s wellness goals. Our health center team members work closely together, to create a circle of care that braids the values of traditional and western health care, to meet the needs of our community members.

Overview of Position

The Addictions Counsellor provides one-on-one and group counselling to individuals in the USIB community. Your scope of practice will be utilizing your expertise and skills set in the primary care setting to support immediate need and short-term goals of the people you support.  Your assessment skills will help individuals create a treatment plan that may include, but are not limited to participating in health workshops, group counselling onsite, and referrals for long term mental health supports or treatment centres.  You are experienced in facilitating group counselling or circles. You will from time to time be asked to participate in health promotion workshops by facilitating a mental health segment. You have the ability to respond to crisis as needed.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Play an active role as a member of the multidisciplinary Health Team.
  • Provide comprehensive psychosocial assessments and recommendations and provide treatment planning in conjunction with other team members, as necessary.
  • Provide one-to-one Counselling sessions with individuals and families.
  • Facilitate group counselling sessions and/or workshops sharing information on mental health topics.
  • Provide consultation to referral agencies, care facilities, and ongoing liaison with assigned facilities/agencies in the community on a regular basis.
  • Represent USIB Health Centre at health events as required and shares expertise to other members of the team and to colleagues in other agencies.
  • Follow the counselling policies for Mental Health Primary care services at USIB.
  • Designs, develops, and facilitates addictions support groups and workshops.
  • Facilitation of two weekly Addiction Support Groups.
  • Assist counselling patients in goal setting and supporting their psychosocial spiritual needs through the delivery of individual and group counselling.
  • Coordinate the plan of care and support for transitions between services.
  • Chart and prepare service statistics as needed.
  • Maintains client caseloads.
  • Maintains confidentiality on all matters relating to USIB
  • Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required, and in accordance with the USIB policies and procedures, and as directed by the Director of Health or their designate.


  • Prefer master’s in Social Work with additional counselling training or master’s in Counselling Psychology.
  • Required Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with additional counselling training.
  • Two (2+) years of recent, related experience in a community mental health setting.
  • Valid registration with a regulatory body and “In Good Standing”.

Qualifications – Knowledge & Skills

  • Have exceptional and professional communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Understand the importance of privacy and confidentiality in the maintenance of files and record keeping.
  • Proven ability to operate an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) information system and Microsoft Office.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate legislation acts, e.g., Mental Health Act, Child, Family and Community Services Act.
  • Ability to provide competent and culturally safe care with the Indigenous population.
  • Thorough knowledge of the history of Indigenous people in Canada and current social determinants of health.
  • Strong knowledge of substance use and addictions treatment centres and services.
  • Must have reliable transportation, a valid drivers license, and acceptable drivers abstract.
  • Must be able to submit and pass a Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team.


  • Experience working with First Nations Community Health, considered an asset.
  • Preference will be given to Indigenous applicants.

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A competitive starting hourly rate, commensurate with appropriate experience.