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Addictions Counsellor - Diploma

Job Description


Job Description

The Addiction Counsellor will primarily be responsible for supporting individuals that present with substance use and/or substance use related mental health issues in the Emergency department. They will be required to assess an individual's needs and developing a treatment plan. This may include short term counselling and/or referrals to longer term resources and they may need to case manage the coordination of stabilization services to enhance a successful referral to ongoing services. The Addiction Counsellor must be able to recognize the elements of a client in crisis and implement immediate action appropriate to the crisis. This may include assessing for risk of suicide and developing a safety plan. They need to maintain a working knowledge of MHAS internal departments and services, and community resources including the ability to collaborate with and make referrals.

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • Chemical Dependency diploma

- Diploma in Chemical Dependency Studies, or another completed social sciences or human services discipline acceptable to the Employer.

- Knowledge of MHAIS and SCM
- Knowledge of MHAS and SHA philosophy and objectives
- Knowledge of Transtheoretical Model, motivational interviewing and the Saskatchewan Model of recovery
- Aware of and understands the Mental Health Services Act and the Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Act.
- Sound knowledge of addictions, integrated human service delivery systems, community programs and supports.
- Client-centered screening, assessment and recovery planning experience with adults and families.
- Ability to be self-directed, creative, collaborative and to have sound judgment.
- Possess effective communication skills conducive to establishing healthy relationships with client and agencies; ability to present, develop concise and accurate written information (file documentation).
- Demonstrated written and intermediate computer skills.
- Demonstrated understanding of and ability to engage with diverse cultural backgrounds.
- Must possess and maintain valid Saskatchewan Driver's license and be insurable.
- Requires a working knowledge of: substance abuse/addiction issues, mental health issues, family systems, case management principles and the ability to integrate this knowledge and implement strategies that will support healthy lifestyles/living. Requires recovery planning, collaboration, counselling, communication and leadership skills.

Additional Information

104 hours of work in a 3 week rotation.

Shifts (days, evenings, nights) including actual hours, date of commencement and temporary end dates are for informational purpose only and may be subject to change.

The successful applicant(s) must provide a satisfactory and valid Criminal Record Check (which includes a Vulnerable Sector query) before an Offer of Employment can be made.
Geographic Location: Emergency Room
Expected Start Date: March 24, 2021
FTE®: 0.93

Working in Canada

Candidates are required to be legally entitled to work in Canada to apply on this position.

Direct Inquiries To

Human Resources, Prince Albert Parkland Health Region
(306) 765-6430