Youth Therapist, Substance Use Services

City Surrey
Job ID 2022-18526
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
2 months ago(6/16/2022 1:06 PM)
Employment Type
Relief Part Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Salary at Time of Posting
$35.65-$44.56 per hour

Why Fraser Health?

If you are looking to work within a program with highly skilled colleagues, making a difference in healthcare and patient outcomes, then this is your opportunity. This challenging and rewarding experience will demand your best and allow you to grow and contribute in a meaningful way to the success of the program, and to the community at large. Be part of the team that innovates the future of health care.

Effective October 26th, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines).  Please note this applies to all postings, and the Provincial Health Officer must approve individual medical exemptions.We are proud of the innovation, dedication, partnership and tenacity of our physicians, employees and volunteers. More than any building or technology, it's our people who make Fraser Health distinct.

Detailed Overview

Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator and working from a framework of cultural safety and humility, supports care coordination across substance use services, local service areas, and regional and provincial services, with an emphasis on reducing barriers to re-enter the system of care and facilitating timely treatment and rapid re-engagement of clients where appropriate and feasible.

We currently have an exciting Relief Part Time opportunity for a Youth Therapist, Substance Use Services to join our Youth Therapist, Substance Use Services located in Surrey, BC.


  • Perform initial screening of referrals from other health care providers/agencies, family members and caregivers of children/youth with mental health disorders and addictions issues, physicians and other sources to determine appropriate treatment based on client needs, urgency of request and best practices. Where assigned to Indigenous portfolios, provide outreach and assertive case-finding with Indigenous communities across the Fraser Salish Region.
  • Assess client needs by gathering client information/history via phone interviews or other methods; seeking additional background information to perform initial assessment of client mental health status and risk to themselves or others and to determine priority of care, client eligibility, availability of resources, and service priorities; collaborating with the interdisciplinary team to determine best approach to care, and assessing the need for emergent crisis intervention.
  • Provide first level intervention and support until formal treatment or further assessment can be conducted, such as short term brief interventions, follow-up, monitoring, and evaluating treatment outcomes.
  • Provide treatment/support and case management for complex situations including people in crisis through provision of services such as delivery of individual and group therapy to clients and families; developing and implementing recovery-oriented treatment options and plans through collaboration with clients and natural supports; providing comprehensive case consultation and follow-up support on treatment decisions in collaboration with other interdisciplinary team members.
  • Facilitate client utilization of appropriate community services and rehabilitative programs through methods such as considering the client’s motivation and their stage in the treatment process, researching available services, liaising with service and program providers, providing advice and consultation to colleagues, and/or referring to other community resources as required.


Education and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in an applicable social or health sciences program such as Counselling Psychology or Social Work.
  • One (1) year recent, related experience with youth in a mental health or substance use setting, or two (2) years' recent related experience working with clients and families with, or affected by, mental illness and substance use disorders, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Eligible for registration with relevant/applicable professional association.
  • Valid B.C. Driver’s License and access to a personal vehicle for work-related purposes.

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented approach; concurrent disorders; addictions and addictions counselling.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge of relevant Acts such as Mental Health Act, Freedom of Information Act, Child, Family and Community Service Act, pertinent regulations, policies and procedures, and other statutory duties.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychiatric diagnosis and professional practice guidelines for the treatment of various disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability in utilizing mental health and addictions standardized tools for client assessments.

If this sounds like the ideal role for you, here are more reasons why you should apply:

  • A career that offers you the opportunity to work in a fast growing and exciting organization with professionals who are excellent in their respective fields.
  • Fantastic opportunities for support and mentorship into supervisory and management roles are available as you advance within the organization.
  • An opportunity to make a difference every single day in the world of health care.

Take the next step and apply so we can continue the conversation!

Come work with dedicated health care providers who are enthusiastic and committed to provide quality healthcare to our clients/patients/residents. We invite you to find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health as an excellent place to work. Work hard and have fun while you do it.

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