Employment Opportunity: Community Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor – Crawford Bay

Permanent Employment Opportunity

North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Community Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellor – Crawford Bay

11 hours per week.

As the Case Manager for Adult Mental Health and Substance Use issues you will provide clinical services to clients in our Community Outpatient Program. The Case Manager works closely with other members of the clinical team of psychiatrists, physicians, counsellors and outreach workers throughout the Kootenay Lake Interior Health region in assessing clients’ mental health status, formulating a plan of care, implementing planned care and evaluating outcomes. You will also provide outreach to clients in their home.  Clinical supervision and professional development provided.

Preferred qualifications:

  1. A degree in social work, counselling or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a specialty in Mental Health and Substance Use issues.
  2. Working knowledge of DSM 5.
  3. One to three years' previous work in a similar environment required.
  4. Direct program delivery experience in the community social services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of community based programs and related provincial and community support systems is preferred.
  5. Specific program, legislative/policy, provincial and other government frameworks and systems with relationship to the Mental Health act. 
  6. Driver’s licence and access to a sound vehicle for work purposes.

Please email the Administrator at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society with your resume and cover letter addressing the preferred qualifications to: administrator@nklcss.org.  

Wage starting at $25.51/hour. 

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Full job description below.

 

ADULT MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE USE CASE MANAGER – CRAWFORD BAY

Job Description

Job Summary:  Provides assessment, treatment planning and implementation and outcome evaluation for clients of the Adult Mental Health and Substance Use Service, as well as providing Community Outreach.
Reports To: Executive Director.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Interviews clients, prepares case histories, assesses problems and outlines services provided by the Interior Health-  Mental Health and Substance Use Services and North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society. Refers clients to appropriate programs.
  2. Develops and implements counselling and intervention programs to assist clients in determining goals and the means of attaining them. Plans, prepares and conducts group or individual counselling sessions with clients, and develops and implements a plan for therapy as defined in collaboration with psychiatric and medical practitioners.
  3. Evaluates the effectiveness of counselling programs and clients' progress. Resolves identified problems and moves towards defined objectives. Follows up results of counselling programs and clients' adjustments to said programs.
  4. Acts as an advocate for the client provides support for them while client is in care and, as appropriate, provides follow up support to them upon leaving the program.
  5. Maintains accurate reports and records on clients and provides monthly reports to the supervisory position. Ensures that all required documentation is complete. Reports and discusses case planning and concerns to therapists, social workers and others as required.
  6. Participates in evaluating the effectiveness of rehabilitation and training programs. Provides suggestions to modify programs and training programs to the supervisory position.
  7. Maintains a thorough knowledge of community resources to meet clients' needs. Provides liaison, education and advocacy to other professionals, other agencies and the community.
  8. Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications:

Education, Training and Experience:

  1. A degree in social work, counselling or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience with a specialty in Mental Health and Substance Use issues.
  2. Working knowledge of DSM 5.
  3. One to three years' previous work in a similar environment required.
  4. Direct program delivery experience in the community social services sector with a demonstrated working knowledge of community based programs and related provincial and community support systems is preferred.
  5. Confidentiality and an ethic that supports the rights and choice of clients is fundamental
  6. Specific program, legislative/policy, provincial and other government frameworks and systems with relationship to the Mental Health act.

Job Skills and Abilities:

  1. Well-developed interpersonal skills
  2. Communication and computer skills
  3. Proficient teaching skills
  4. Good organization, time and general management skills
  5. Knowledge of group process and facilitation techniques
  6. Ability to work independently, as well as effectively in a team with other program staff, therapists, social workers, and other related staff

Additional Information:

This position is required to work in a shared environment between the offices of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and The Crawford Bay Health Centre often dealing with clients in crisis situations. Managing emergency situations is an ongoing expectation of this position. The counsellor may work outside the office, e.g., in clients' homes or in community settings to further the goals of the position and is expected to take an active role in providing opportunities for support groups and education surrounding the issues of severe mental health and substance use issues. The counsellor provides 3 hours of Community Outreach to clients per week with the goal of developing effective social and interpersonal skills through tasks of daily living and social activities and may accompany the client to appointments.

A sound vehicle, driver's abstract, criminal record check and First Aid training is required

Hours, Remuneration and Benefits:
11 hours per week, which includes 8 hours of case management and 3 hours outreach
Salary commensurate with experience.
Benefits: Professional development budget, clinical supervision and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.