Substance Use Therapist, Early Psychosis Intervention - New Westminster

City New Westminster
Job ID 2022-20868
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
5 days ago(6/1/2023 1:04 PM)
Employment Type
Full Time
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Days Off
Saturday, Statutory, Sunday
Mental Health & Substance Use Services
Salary at Time of Posting
$40.53 - $50.62 / hour

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations. Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.


Effective October 26th, 2021 all staff for all positions across Health Care require full COVID 19 vaccination. All positions, require that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (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 there are no exceptions.


Position Highlights

We are currently looking to fill an exciting Full Time position as a Substance Use Therapist, Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) in New Westminster, BC.


Valued Benefits

A career with Fraser Health will offer you the opportunity to be a part of a dedicated team of professionals in a dynamic and rewarding health care environment. We offer a competitive compensation and benefit package, including comprehensive health benefits coverage.

We invite you to apply today and find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health to their friends and family as a phenomenal place to work! We value diversity in the work force and aim to maintain an environment of Respect, Caring & Trust.


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Detailed Overview

Reporting to Clinical Coordinator and working from a framework of cultural safety and humility, works within the assigned program to deliver coordinated substance use services to program clients, with an emphasis on reducing barriers to re-enter the system of care and facilitating timely treatment. As a member of the multi-disciplinary team, provides client and family-centered care through a trauma-informed approach and evidence-informed practice to individual youth/young adults and families with and affected by first episode psychosis and substance use disorders. Provides initial screening, client assessment, treatment recommendations and plans, determines referral needs, provides follow-up support, provides therapy including group therapy, liaises regarding complex situations, provides group education, liaison with community resources for specialized services, and counsels clients, maintaining respect for client dignity and maximum client self-determination and independence in provision of services. Participates in local committees and internal and external case conferences, and develops and delivers in-services, presentations and training to the assigned clinical team, clients, families and caregivers. Participates in the development of standardized documents, procedures and process, and contributes to the collation of data analytics. Participates in process improvement activities and follows clinical and customer best practices. Services may be provided on an outreach basis when required in order to assess and/or engage with clients within their own environment and community.


  1. Engages and consults with other members of the multidisciplinary team to identify current clients of the assigned program who may require substance specific screening to determine appropriate treatment, based on client needs, urgency of request and best practices.
  2. Assesses client needs by gathering client information/history via 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.
  3. Provides treatment/support 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 assigned clinical team, clients and natural supports; providing comprehensive case consultation and follow-up support on treatment decisions in collaboration with other interdisciplinary team members.
  4. Facilitates 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.
  5. Provides referrals to appropriate community treatment alternatives and services, including residential programs, family therapy, marital and separation counselling, alcohol and drug treatment, victim assistance, employee assistance programs, clubhouses, transition homes, vocational programs, and other agencies. Utilizes available community resources such as volunteers, community groups, alternate care services and other service agencies to develop supportive and rehabilitative programs for clients and their families.
  6. Provides education to clients and families in accordance with theoretical models grounded in evidence-based practice by exploring identified problems that may have resulted in substance use and mental health symptoms; identifying goals, expectations, and support resources; assisting with understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues, the interaction of both, and the recovery process; suggesting positive behaviour modifications; examining motivations for change; and, teaching relapse prevention strategies.
  7. Provides short-term counseling/support/education to families and other relevant caregivers of such youth, health providers and the general public to understand the nature, treatment and prognosis of the concurrent nature of the condition of the child/youth and assist with methods of coping, and provides information and guidance regarding the Mental Health & Substance Use Services, intake policies, procedures and processes, availability of both Community Health Services and Mental Health & Substance Use Services.
  8. Maintains client records by recording information such as client assessments, charting client information via PARIS and/or other clinical information systems, preparing progress notes and reports in accordance with established standards, policies and procedures to meet regulatory requirements, documenting for future reference and ensuring that access to and disclosure of information and records are in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act.
  9. Carries out responsibilities in accordance with health and safety requirements. Immediately reports unsafe situations by notifying supervisor or other appropriate personnel.
  10. Develops linkages with other facilities and community resources, and advocates on behalf of the client and others to improve access, integration and coordination of mental health services, by way of establishing, maintaining and enhancing relationships/communication with community physicians, consulting psychiatrists, colleagues, community mental health services, acute hospitals, community services agencies, and other healthcare professionals.
  11. Maintains relevant data and statistics on information such as intakes, requests, referrals in/out, priority, sources and nature of requests, and provides input to Coordinator and Manager.
  12. Provides an education service to staff within the assigned program (ie. EPI), MH&SUS, as well as to external organizations such as Child and Youth Mental Health (MCFD) and other service providers who provide services to youth/young adults with concurrent disorders through organizing/participating in workshops and encouraging the development of mutual forums regarding concurrent disorders. Develops educational sessions through determining relevant content and required handouts, conducts literature searches, plans and coordinates seminars.
  13. Promotes quality improvement through recommendations on policies, processes and procedures that streamline and provide for more efficient and effective client/family centred practices; develops and evaluates clinical protocols, identifies service needs and provides input and recommendations to the Clinical Coordinator and Manager.
  14. Participates actively and collaboratively in team planning, team meetings, committees, and/or corporate initiatives through discussions, presenting relevant material, acting as an advocate for the goals and objectives of the assigned program, and promoting optimal support for clients, families and caregivers.
  15. Maintains current and relevant mental health and substance practice through methods such as reviewing literature and research, consulting with clinical and community experts within the field, evaluating clinical practice and participating in professional development activities, in-services, and/or case conferences in order to improve care through new practices.
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned.


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 knowledge of Early Psychosis Interventions Program, EPI Clinical Standards and Guidelines and model of care.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated therapeutic skills in the areas of case management, individual and group therapy with youth with various mental health disorders including concurrent disorders.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the broad range of issues pertaining to adolescent/ young adult mental health problems.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the developmental stages of the individual including related family life cycle and psychosocial issues.
  • In-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with other community partners to inform the referral process.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing within a diverse and multicultural community.
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and interdisciplinary professionals through understanding the frameworks of other disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess, plan, organize, implement, evaluate and problem-solve, organize and prioritize workload in a complex environment.
  • Ability to effectively develop, coordinate and deliver in-services, education, presentations, psycho-educational and support groups and consultation to clients, families and healthcare professionals.
  • Demonstrated therapeutic skills in the areas of case management, individual and group therapy with adults with various mental disorders including concurrent disorders.
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers, including related word processing and database management software applications.
  • Physical ability to carry out the duties of the position.


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