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Alcohol and Drug Counsellor Competition #60-19



Directions Youth Services provides 24/7 support to at-risk, homeless, and street-involved youth under 25. Vancouver’s most vulnerable youth can connect with supports, get counselling for trauma, mental health or substance issues, and transition to more permanent housing. Directions runs several facilities and programs for youth throughout Vancouver.

Directions is a division of Family Services of Greater Vancouver (FSGV), which for 90 years has provided trauma counselling and essential resources for children, families and individuals facing all kinds of life’s challenges.



This role reports to the Manager of the Youth Detox Program. The position requires Union Membership.

The candidate will provides assessment, referral, and counseling services to individuals aged 24 and under affected by use of alcohol and drugs. Assesses clients. Develops, implements and evaluates client service plans for individuals. Works with an integrated case management team. Participates in planning and overseeing the day to day operation of the program.


Hours of work: Part-time hours 20hrs/week. Flexible hours including evening and weekends



  • Facilitates referrals and admissions into the program.
  • Manages a caseload with a variety of medical, mental, and/or behavioral problems.
  • Conducts comprehensive assessments, develops client service plans and makes referrals to other programs or agencies as required.
  • Gathers information relevant to clients’ problems by interviewing, observing behavior, meeting service providers and using a variety of inventories, checklists and questionnaires.
  • Conducts structured analyses of the information gathered to provide an assessment of client’s problems.
  • Develops and implements plans using a variety of therapeutic counselling techniques drawn from theoretical frameworks such as family systems, solution-focused, narrative, and other advanced techniques to resolve the assessed problems.
  • Reviews and evaluates client’s progress, makes adjustments to treatment plans as required and provides follow-up planning.
  • Provides information on and refers clients to other community service providers, resources or professionals as required.
  • Reports clients’ progress and discusses case management and related concerns with social workers, ongoing counselors and professionals from other agencies.
  • Maintains liaison with, promotes the interests of clients with, coordinates service provision with, and provides consultation to other agencies, professionals, ministries, community service providers and the community.
  • Promotes public awareness of and support for the program by performing duties such as representing the program in community events.
  • Provides feedback and support to clients.
  • Assists clients to live without depending on addictive substances and activities.
  • Teaches and assists clients in developing life skills and community survival skills.
  • Provides skill building in areas of anger management or self management techniques.
  • Maintains client and related records and statistics.
  • Provides reports to the program manager as required.
  • Identifies both physical and program needs of the residence to the program manager.
  • Implements program goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
  • Participates in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the program by ensuring that program guidelines and policies are adhered to and program standards are met.
  • Provides guidance, training and orientation on policies, procedures, techniques, report preparation or other matters arising in the residence to youth workers and practicum students.
  • Provides guidance to youth workers by performing duties such as assigning work and providing feedback on performance.
  • Ensures that procedures such as medication administration are carried out in accordance with relevant regulations and established internal procedures.
  • Ensures the cleanliness, safety, security and maintenance of the residence in accordance with licensing standards through delegation to staff and directly as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.



Education and training:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related human social service field.
  • Equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.



  • Minimum 2 years recent related experience.
  • A combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Training or experience in addictions & youth work.
  • This position requires union membership.
  • Knowledge of mental Illness.



  • Current First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training an asset
  • Valid BC Drivers License – requires submission of abstract



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FSGV is an equal opportunity employer. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your contact information to [email protected] for follow-up.



Salary/Pay Grade: GL 14, $30.68 per hour

Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: This position will remain open until filled


Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.


FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

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