Primary Clinical Counselor

Cedars at Cobble Hill - Cobble Hill, BC (14 months ago)

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Cedars at Cobble Hill (Cedars) is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of addiction and enhancing the quality of life of individuals, families and communities throughout Western Canada. Cedars specializes in the treatment of alcohol and other drug addictions along with various process addictions including, but not limited to, eating disorders and gambling. We offer a full continuum of recovery-oriented programs for men and women designed to provide a framework for achievable, sustainable recovery. Cedars is located in Cobble Hill, British Columbia situated on 60+ acres of forested, private land, which provides a picturesque landscape and tranquil treatment setting. Vancouver Island is not only renowned for spectacular West Coast scenery but also features a vast network of recovery communities. Cedars also has operations in Victoria and Vancouver, as well as a continuing care network across Western Canada.

Cedars at Cobble Hill is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.


The Primary Counsellor is a therapeutic guide journeying with patients on their road of recovery - from admission to discharge. Counsellors at Cedars provide clinical assessments and contribute insightful, practical and meaningful information to the development of treatment plans. Counsellors welcome and orientate new patients to the treatment process. Each Counsellor carries a caseload and provides clinical treatment in the form of, but not limited to, individual, family and group counseling daily. As a member of the treatment team, the Counsellor meets weekly in collaborative fashion with the rest of the team to discuss their patient’s progress. A Cedars Counsellor must possess foundational knowledge of concurrent disorders, eating disorders and thorough understanding of chemical dependency.


The below list is a guideline and may not be inclusive of all that is expected on a day-to-day basis. A Primary Counsellor is required to prioritize and respond to the needs of the daily operations of Cedars in a professional and calm manner.

  • Meets with residents within 24 hours of counsellor assignment to establish therapeutic rapport.
  • Completes patient orientation, including a biopsychosocial assessment within 72 hours of a patient being medically cleared.
  • Completes the Comprehensive Treatment Plan within one week of a patient being admitted.
  • Identify weekly individualized patient treatment goals
  • Provide timely and appropriate referrals to contracted specialty programming, with sound clinical rationale.
  • Private and scheduled individual therapy sessions, at a minimum of one hour per week for each client
  • Coordinate family or significant persons conferences at least once while the patient is in treatment.
  • Facilitate professional groups as assigned.
  • Complete patient progress forms within the prescribed progress timeframe.
  • Interface with Referral Agents, Funding Sources and Emergency Contacts weekly, in person or over the telephone.
  • Is appropriately accessible and demonstrates healthy boundaries with family members and other involved persons.
  • Facilitates group therapy, lectures, workshops, and educational groups as directed by the program schedule.
  • Assesses suicidality and possibility for danger to self or others.
  • Log in CIMS ‘counsellor notes’ each resident’s progress throughout the treatment experience.
  • Log in CIMS ‘counsellor notes’ after each individual or family session.
  • Begins and ends group activities in a timely manner.
  • Creates a written plan for continuing care and discharge summary.
  • Collaborates with the Director of Community Care in cases where second stage housing or continuing therapeutic involvement may be appropriate.
  • The Counsellor attends all treatment planning meetings, all treatment review and goals setting groups, in-service training’s, and general staff meetings.
  • The Counsellor “oversees” the daily treatment experience of each of his/her patients.


  • A Master's Degree with current registration with a professional regulatory body is preferred. A comparable combination of education and experience may be considered, at the discretion of the Clinical Director.
  • The Counsellor must have at least one year in acute care or residential addiction treatment setting or closely related experience.
  • Experience in complex case management, working with people who are chemically dependent or people who have other process or concurrent disorders.
  • Experience facilitating group therapy.
  • If the applicant is in recovery, they will be required to identify that they have been abstinent from mood altering substances for two years at the time of application.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Counselling: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Master's Degree (Preferred)


  • English (Required)