Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

Website NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

NILTU,O Child and Family Services Society is currently looking for a full-time Drug & Alcohol Counsellor

NILTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of Indigenous families in self-determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well-being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities.

NILTU,O provides a full health and dental benefits package, Public Service Pension Plan, and a company cell phone.

*Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be
given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry*

Position Summary:

The Drug & Alcohol Counsellor, you will be responsible for developing and implementing substance use education and prevention workshops for adults and youth in the communities we serve. You will work in partnership with our Coast Salish First Nations on designing programs to address substance use issues as well as respond to community substance use crises. A summary of duties includes the following:

  • Develop working relationships with Community Circle Members, Professionals, and Community Members associated with Child and Family Services for the Coast Salish Communities within the NIȽ TU,O Geographic Service Areas.
  • Maintain relationships with NIȽ TU,O Social Workers and Family Support Workers.
  • Develop and implement substance use public education/prevention workshops for adults and youth in the communities we serve.
  • Maintain information on the NIȽ TU,O program for a variety of communication vehicles.
    Conduct confidential, quality assessments, that are culturally sensitive, gender-responsive and trauma-informed.
  • Interview clients, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate each client’s mental and physical condition and to determine their suitability for participation in the counselling program.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, and history of substance misuse including successes.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs or plan treatments.
  • Develop client treatment plans based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
  • Develop and document individual treatment plans for each client.
  • Work closely with clients to engage them in the decision-making process and help them understand the benefits of assessment and accessing the appropriate level of care as indicated.
  • Counsel clients individually to assist them in overcoming dependencies on drugs and/or alcohol.
  • Model and support health and wellness activities and healthy coping skills
    for clients.
  • Review and evaluate each client; progress in relation to measurable goals
    described in treatment plans.
  • Monitor clients to evaluate treatment progress.
  • Intervene as an advocate for clients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
  • Modify treatment plans to comply with changes in client status.
  • Modify treatment plans to accommodate client needs.
  • Provide consultation/liaison with other community agencies, schools, hospitals, and the Coast Salish Communities served by NIȽ TU,O.

You will report to the Community Service Manager – Clinical Programs and collaborate with the NIȽ TU,O Management team.

Education and Work Experience:

  • MSW; or M.ED Counseling Psychology/MA Clinical Psychology
  • 3-5 years providing direct clinical counselling experience in the treatment of drug and alcohol related issues.
  • Eligible for registration with the relevant professional association.
  • Experience in leading and facilitating groups.
  • Experience working with First Nations clients.
  • Ability and willingness to incorporate cultural activities and resources into all aspects of service to clients and communities.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Computer literacy on MS Word, Excel, and file/case management system.
  • Ability to write detailed reports.
  • Ability to track and manage financial expenditures.
  • Valid Driver’s license with a positive driver’s abstract and will be expected to travel for work.
  • A clean Criminal Record Check.
  • Full vaccination required as per NIȽ TU,O COVID-19 Policy.
  • Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous community and/or substantial cultural competencies with lived experience of engaging in and maintaining intercultural affiliations will be considered an asset
  • Practice rooted in social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals
  • In depth knowledge of the intergenerational trauma that occurs as a result of colonization, including the impacts of the Indian Act, Residential School Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems and structures.
  • Indigenous cultural safety training or equivalent lived experience.
  • Trauma informed practice education or experience would be an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action, The Royal Commission on Indigenous People, The Indian Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


  • Extended Health and Dental Benefits (Premium Paid by the Agency)
  • PSPP Pension Plan.
  • Three weeks of vacation on joining that increases with length of service.

Salary: Compensation Commensurate with Experience.

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code. Please include “self-identified” if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as a First Nation, Metis, or Inuk (Inuit).


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $34.00-$48.00 per hour


  • Company pension
  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off

Schedule: Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations: Full vaccination required as per NIȽ TU,O COVID-19 Policy.

Application question(s):

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in Indigenous organizations or communities?
  • How many years of experience do you have working as a Drug & Alcohol Counsellor?
  • If applicable, describe any experience you have developing and implementing substance use education and/or workshops in the community?
  • Have you included a cover letter with your application?

Licence/Certification: driver’s license (required)

Application deadline: 2022-08-18
Expected start date: 2022-09-01

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