Alcohol &Drug Counsellor – Level Two-Traditional Indigenous Lead

In by Mustafa Eric

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  • Posted 7 months ago

Job Summary: Reporting to the Treatment Centre Manager, the Alcohol and Drug Counsellor/Traditional Indigenous Lead provides direct addictions counselling services and healing programs and activities to First Nation clients in individual and group settings at the ‘Namgis Treatment Centre in the Northern Vancouver Island Community of Alert Bay.

The Traditional Indigenous Lead requires an individual with extensive knowledge and experience of the traditional Indigenous way of life and spiritual healing practices. This person must be fluent (or learning) in an Indigenous language, preferably Kwak’wala; and have respect for others’ teachings.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Providing direct one-to-one counselling to clients
  • Treatment planning and implementation
  • Group facilitation
  • Life skills coaching
  • Crisis intervention and referral, including crisis line response
  • Case file management

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Addiction’s counselling certification and a member in good standing with Canadian Addictions Certification Body
  • A minimum 2 years’ related experience, preferably in a First Nation environment
  • Pharmacology (medical aspects), withdrawal management, etc.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated competency with basic computer skills
  • Drug and alcohol-free lifestyle
  • Basic First Aid certification and valid drivers’ license is preferred
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of counseling residential school survivors.
  • Knowledge of intricate family dynamics in an Aboriginal culture.
  • Traditional knowledge learned through Elders, traditional storytelling, and by listening to others that are skilled and knowledgeable regarding traditional Aboriginal healing methods is a must.
  • Knowledge of mental health and addiction disorders and in particular the impact of the socio-political history of Canadian Aboriginal people on attachment, identity, self- esteem, behaviors, and overall wellbeing and functioning is a must.
  • Skills required of this position include the ability to work one on one as well as facilitate groups and workshops.
  • Therapeutic skills and strategies that include containment, assessment, crisis intervention, risk assessments, and treatment planning are required.
  • Collaboration skills are also a requirement as well as the ability to mediate, liaise, and foster communication and cooperation in others, and amongst a team, and often within challenging political climates.
  • The incumbent must have the ability to speak and understand the Kwak’wala language (or learning) and culture.
  • The incumbent must have excellent listening skills and assessment abilities to ensure that clients are being heard and appropriate services provided.
  • The incumbent must have the ability to adapt to a changing environment and to provide flexible services based on competing priorities that occur on a day-to-day basis while working in a treatment centre setting.
  • Knowledge of the position requires a history that includes firsthand knowledge, education, and experience regarding Indigenous people.


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Closing Date:  April 15, 2022

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