INTERIOR HEALTH AUTHORITY - Kelowna, BC (30+ days ago)

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Community :KELOWNA
Status :CASUAL

Position Summary

An opportunity exists for a MHSU Substance Use Worker in Kelowna, B.C. This is a casual position working for the Mobile Supervised Consumption Site. We are looking for applicants with an understanding of supervised consumption services, knowledge of harm reduction principles and ability to work with complex mental health and substance use disorders. Previous experience with the marginalized, homeless population would be helpful. Note that a Class 5 Drivers License is required to drive the unit.

The MHSU A&D Worker provides assessment, treatment, service coordination, and as required, urgent response to clients who may also have serious functional impairment in the domains of physical health and personal, family, financial, occupational, and social life. The MHSU A&D Worker functions as a primary clinician utilizing a variety of specialized treatment modalities/therapies for individuals, groups of clients and/or their families.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provides comprehensive bio/psycho/social services for persons experiencing substance use problems/disorders or concurrent substance use and mental health problems.
  • Provides intake, orientation, stabilization, and comprehensive mental health and substance use assessments.
  • Collaboratively plans treatment goals with the client; implements treatment plans and evaluating treatment outcomes.
  • Offers consultation, support, and education to families, informal supports, community agencies, and other health care providers involved.
  • Liaises with alcohol and drug residential treatment, withdrawal management, and supportive recovery resources following specialized assessment and referral protocols in order to assist clients in accessing local, regional, or provincial services as required.
  • Identifies the need for, and ensures or arranges transition plans are in place for clients transferring between levels of care, including involvement in discharge planning and follow up after an admission to a hospital unit or emergency department.
  • Documents assessments, treatment formulations, care plans and progress notes according to professional standards and established guidelines.
Shift types are rotating days and evenings, 12:00 to 00:00. This is a casual opportunity. With casual status, there are no guaranteed weekly hours and could range from 0-37.5 hours per week.

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Education, Training and Experience:
Bachelor Degree from an accredited educational institution in an Allied Health, Behavioural, or Social Science field relevant to the position (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Mental Health, etc.).

Two years’ recent related experience in an alcohol and drug treatment environment or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Current valid B.C. driver’s license.