Join us as a Youth Substance Use Counsellor in Nakusp!
Position Summary Job Title: Nakusp Youth Substance Use Counsellor Team: Staff Team Reports to: Executive Director or Youth Substance Use Counsellor Coordinator (if position is filled) Hours/week: 14 hours/week (temporary - maternity leave) Hourly wage: $22/hour Office Location: 611 Broadway St., Nakusp, BC Communities Served: Nakusp & Surrounding Areas
Agency Summary Freedom Quest provides free, community-based, client-centered, low-barrier, confidential, voluntary, and non-judgmental services and programming to youth who are, or who are risk of being, adversely affected by substance use in the West Kootenay Boundary Region. Freedom Quest’s services and programming support these young people in experiencing new opportunities, overcoming barriers, preventing further adversity, building positive relationships, and developing the confidence and skills for life.
Position Summary The Nakusp Youth Substance Use Counsellor is anticipated to allocate their time to the tasks below, however, they have the flexibility to manage their own schedule and task list according to the needs of their clients as well as to the needs of the agency and the contract. The Nakusp Youth Substance Use Counsellor is invited to communicate to their supervisor any changes to the following task list according to their actual experience of the position.
One-on-One Counselling Services
attend, contribute, and/or host local interagency meetings
coordinate with Freedom Quest’s Recreation Coordinator
assess individual and community recreational needs
facilitate youth engagement in recreational activities
participate in recreational activities
manage program budget
collect program data
participate in strategic planning initiatives
participate in fundraising activities
seek out and participate in training opportunities
perform duties in accordance with Freedom Quest’s Policy Manual
prepare statistical, outcome, and narrative reports
attend general staff meetings
engage in and prepare for clinical supervision
inform community partners about Freedom Quest programs and services
maintain current & accurate client files and other records
Knowledge Skills, and Abilities Education
A degree in child and youth care, social work or related field. A combination of education and experience that would be equivalent may be accepted.
Experience o Three years of experience working with youth who are adversely affected by substances o Experience working with youth in an outdoor/wilderness setting o Experience working with groups o Experience working in a one-on-one and/or counselling capacity using a variety of therapeutic theories, modalities, and tools o Experience working from a harm-reduction, client-centred, strengths-based, attachment and trauma-informed approach
Valid Driver’s License (Class IV, unrestricted preferred)