Clinical Counsellor, Substance Use

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society - Surrey, BC (30+ days ago)

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Working within our Counselling Services Department, the Clinical Counsellor, Substance Use will provide 1:1 counselling support, outreach and advocacy to South Asian men & women who struggle with addiction, including drugs, alcohol, and opiate use. Services are delivered in English & Punjabi.

This position will support the following programs:
Roshni Clinic
Substance Use Counselling
SAHARA Employment Program

Key Responsibilities:
Provide intake and screening to clients;
Complete assessments of individuals struggling with addiction and their readiness for psycho-educational group support;
Assumes the role of a primary counsellor when required, for individual counselling;
Liaises with relevant government, employee assistance programs, and community agencies for program promotion;
Leads community outreach with a focus on hard to reach individuals;
Make referrals to other services as needed;
Provide individual counselling to the client and/or individual family members using basic counselling techniques and Best Practices;
Completes other client-focused assessment as per funder guidelines (currently HONO’s, GAINS);
Work with the Clinical Supervisor for case consultation and review;
Work cooperatively with the clinical services team.

Qualified candidates will posses:
Master's level university degree in counselling, psychology, social work or a related discipline is required;
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation from the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors is preferred. Individuals in the process of obtaining their designation may be considered;
Two years’ recent related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience;
Fluency in Punjabi;
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
Experience facilitating groups;
Skills, knowledge and sensitivity on issues related to violence against immigrant and refugee women;
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and independently;
Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.

This position requires union membership. A Criminal Record Check is a requirement of employment.

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter as separate attachments. Please note that only Word or PDF formats can be accepted. As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a short questionnaire. Please ensure all questions are answered.

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Additional Information:
Position will remain open until filled; candidates are encouraged to apply before February 28, 2020.

This position is not available for relocation or sponsorship; we can only consider those legally entitled to work in Canada.

A comprehensive job description will be provided to all candidates shortlisted for interviews.

DIVERSEcity is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact our HR department at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

About DIVERSEcity

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a registered charity devoted to helping newcomers. For 40 years we have focused on providing specialized services newcomers to find employment, learn English, find housing, deal with family challenges, work through mental health issues and access medical care. DIVERSEcity is a client-centred organization committed to quality and accountability. We value growth, respect, integrity and compassion. To learn more about DIVERSEcity visit us at

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.