Clinical Counsellor

The Salvation Army Victoria ARC
November 9, 2017
Job Type
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Email: Or Fax : 250-384-8412. Please indicate “Clinical Counsellor #201786” in the subject line.
Closing date
November 25, 2017


The Counsellor provides individual and group counselling, life skills training, addiction education, and support services to youth clients. This position reports directly to the Residential Program Manager.



·        Maintains strict confidentiality guidelines regarding all residents and related documentation; adheres to the BCACC and CCPA Code of Ethics.

·        Ensures a safe and healthy working environment by observing universal precautions.

·        Must have an intimate working knowledge of all A.R.C. and Hope House policies including those related to emergency protocols.

·        Counsels residents individually or in a group setting (e.g., regularly counsels in establishing goals, monitors progress, and prepares discharge planning as assigned).

·        Contributes to the development and implementation of resident care plans in collaboration with resident

·        Develops, plans, and conducts therapeutic and psycho-educational groups; may act as facilitator and educator for other staff as assigned by Program Manager.

·        Utilizes a variety of treatment modalities for residents based on a holistic approach to therapy; implementing interventions using a variety of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that incorporates art-based groups, music, gardening, etc.

·        Maintains and updates all appropriate documentation related to residents and initiates any new documentation; documents observations, interventions, and care/treatment outcomes in resident records; maintains required statistical documentation.

·        Reviews resident records to monitor and evaluate care/treatment outcomes.

·        Promotes and facilitates resident independence by modelling, counselling, and teaching life skills

·        Provides culturally sensitive care and services.

·        Refers residents to appropriate sources for the purpose of educational and practical everyday needs and other recovery needs.

·        May perform screening referrals through the intake process to ensure residents meet the service mandate.

·        Engages in the development of interpersonal relationships that promotes dignity and respect.

·        Liaises with community agencies, family, ministry, law enforcement, and other staff members as required.

·        Follows the schedule set out by Program Coordinator and adheres to the structure that is designed to provide youth with the education and skills needed to prevent relapse and understand their substance abuse (adhering to the schedule allows for the smooth running of Hope House and its program).

·        Provides guidance and support to volunteers, students, and newly hired staff.

·        Works cooperatively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

·        Promotes positive change and independence.

·        Prioritizes and organizes residents’ requests and care needs.

·        Performs other duties as assigned by Program Manager.





·        Must have MA in Counselling, Psychology, Social Work or related discipline.

·        Two (2) years of recent related experience

·        A significant understanding of mental health issues

·        Understanding of applicable legislation such as the Mental Health Act and the Guardianship Act

·        Understanding of available programs, their interrelationships, and their function in delivering care in the community to persons with addictions and mental illnesses

·        Knowledge of treatment modalities, intervention strategies, change process, and community dynamics

·        A valid BC Driver’s License is required

·        Art therapy registration is an asset

·        Registration with a counselling association such as BCACC or CCPA is required

·        Demonstration of competence congruent with the care and treatment of addiction and mental illness

·        Sound organizational and problem-solving skills

·        Sound judgment, good observation and resident assessment skills, tact, and empathy

·        Reliable and punctual

·        Ability to physically and emotionally carry out the duties of this position

·        Ability to set boundaries and to recognize when boundary issues arise

NOTE: This position requires union membership. The incumbent must provide a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.


The use of personal vehicle is not required in the performance of duties. This position requires union membership.


Employment Terms:

·        1 Permanent Full Time position

·        1 Fixed term, Temporary, Full Time position

·        2 Casual positions


The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation. If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements. 


We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.


Internal Applicants, please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.


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