School-based Youth Substance Use Counsellor

ARC Programs is accepting applications for a School-Based Youth Substance Use Counsellor, with the Changes Program.  The School-Based youth Substance Use Counsellor is responsible to provide individual early intervention and treatment services, on an outreach basis primarily to youth attending high schools across School District #23. The Counsellor will be responsible to provide effective assessment, counseling, education, support, and treatment services for youth demonstrating difficulties in relation to substance use, and their families. The Counsellor will work to reduce substance use among students, support referred youth to reduce the harm associated with substance use, and develop healthy lifestyles which do not include reliance on substance use. The Counsellor will work in collaboration with ARC Programs School-based Prevention Counsellor, other youth services, and School District staff to provide the effective delivery of the Changes School-Based Program. The Counsellor must be familiar with a range of counselling modalities in order to provide a continuum of interventions that have differing levels of service intensity and duration, and are based on the individual youth’s substance use and identified needs.  

The School-Based Youth Substance Use Counsellor will provide direct service primarily on-site at the assigned schools, working Monday to Friday {please note that services are also provided over the summer break, not just over the school year}. Candidates for this  position will possess sufficient training and experience to perform all responsibilities of the job description, and ideally will have in-depth knowledge of substance misuse issues, substance misuse counselling experience, and experience working collaboratively with schools or other community services. The qualifications of the position consist of a BA- Child and Youth Care, BSW, BA, or other related degree, and applicable experience. The candidate must possess a vaild B.C. drivers license and provide a ‘sound’ personal vehicle for business use. 

ARC Programs is an equal-opportunity employer, promotes the diversity of our program teams, and requires all employees to demonstrate cultural competence and sensitivity to the diversity of all populations we serve. The successful applicants will be subject to a screening process, including a criminal record search, to confirm suitability for the position. Please  be aware that the successful applicants will be eligible for a full benefit package {including dental plan, life insurance, extended medical coverage, vision coverage, long-term disability plan, and RRSP contributions}.