A. JOB INFORMATION
Title – Clinical Counsellor/Wellness Facilitator
Reports to – Associate Director
Effective – Until Filled
The Clinical Counsellor/Wellness Facilitator’s position is responsible for the delivery of services using trauma informed practices and models that ensure client focused and culturally relevant treatment content are provided to address client needs in an appropriate and effective mannerB. JOB SUMMARY
The Clinical Counsellor/Wellness Facility will provide comprehensive bio/psycho/social services for persons with substance use problems/disorders or concurrent substance use and mental health problems that include a continuum of services designed to optimize clients’ recovery and ability to function.
C. ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Clinical Counsellor/Wellness Facility will
- provide intake, orientation, stabilization and comprehensive substance use assessment.
- develop, monitor and implement client-focused treatment plans, evaluate and monitor client progress and make referrals as required.
- conduct case conferencing, individual therapy, supportive counselling, psycho-education interventions or other evidence based treatment modalities in accordance with professional standards and clinical policies and practices to promote client self-determination, strengthen readiness for change, and improve the client’s overall psychosocial functioning in accordance with the treatment plan.
- liase with other components of the continuum of care for substance use treatment in order to assist clients in accessing local regional or provincial services as require.
- conduct and integrate cultural activities, including traditional healing ceremonies into all treatment sessions.
- participate in case discussions and/ or intervention processes that are team facilitated.
- prepare after-care plans with clients prior to departure and liaisse with community resource or referral as required.
- Must be available to be on-call on a rotation basis as part of therapeutic counselling duties.
The Clinical Counsellor/Wellness Facilitator’s position provides group facilitation processes to the client groups.
Facilitation responsibilities include the following:
- Ensures guiding principles of client safety, choice and empowerment in the all services provided, particularly in group facilitation processes and content and is incorporated in all staff-client interactions.
- Utilizes a wide range of skills, resources and tools, from problem solving, decision making and brings adaptability to read and address the underlying dynamics of the group, release blocks in group process and is skilled in evoking participation and creativity within the clients and when necessary with peers to foster team collaboration.
- Plans, prepares, and leads dynamic, interactive group sessions using various mediums and delivery methods.
- Understands and utilizes the psycho-dramatic curve in planning and assessment.
- Distinguishes process from content.
- Manages the client relationship and prepares thoroughly.
- Uses time and space intentionally.
- Conducts ongoing assessment of the client needs at every treatment stage (daily, weekly and within the stages of treatment) and able to make adjustments accordingly.
- Practiced in honoring the group and affirming its wisdom.
- Assumes (or shares) responsibility for the group journey.
- Able to transition the client group effectively from one process to the next.
- Demonstrates professionalism, self-confidence and authenticity: remains curious.
Report Preparation and Record Keeping
Report preparation and record keeping duties include:
- Maintains and completes client files and related documentation as required and according to Centre’s and CARF standards.
- Monitor Client Alert Forms, client rosters.
- Liaise with other staff in regards to client progress and any issues affecting such progress.
Program Planning, Development and Implementation
The position is responsible, in conjunction with other staff, for the planning, development and implementation of Centre programs. Related duties include:
- Modify and evaluate programs to ensure relevance and effectiveness.
- Develop and prepare orientation and program related materials as required.
- Contribute to Team cohesiveness and team building.
D. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
- At a minimum, a Masters degree from an accredited educational institution in Allied Health, Behavioral, or Social Science field relevant to the position.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience in residential treatment or related counseling experience of First Nations clients and in substance misuse and mental health programs or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated background and knowledge of First Nations peoples’ customs, culture, and impact of trauma issues, and cultural oppression.
- Knowledge of trauma informed practices and first rate group facilitation skills.
- Qualities including cooperation; sound judgment, tact, and diplomacy; strong negotiation, and consensus-building skills; the ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a demanding and dynamic environment.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills. Computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email.
- Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
- Class Five Driver’s License as Required and Class Four Driver’s license an asset.
This description is a general statement of required major duties and responsibilities performed on a regular and continuous basis. It does not exclude other duties as assigned.