Concurrent Disorder Clinician

Vancouver Coastal Health

Regional health authority

Job Summary
Come work as a Concurrent Disorder Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Concurrent Disorder Clinician with a Master’s Degree in a Behavioural Health discipline to join the Adult Mental Health team at Bella Coola Hospital in Bella Coola, BC. Apply today to join the team!

If you are looking to relocate, short term temporary housing may be available along with access to Talent Acquisition’s relocation program, including support from the relocation specialist to find a permanent residence and potential reimbursement. Hybrid work schedules may be available (including both on site & remote) as applicable (with existing VCH policies and collective agreement requirements), where a rotation can be discussed, as well as travel, transport & housing options.

Vancouver Coastal Health is committed to valuing diversity within our workforce. VCH encourages Indigenous applicants (who identify as Indigenous including First Nations, Metis or Inuit), who may not possess all required qualifications but would become job ready through Employer provided training, orientation or mentoring, to apply.

As a Concurrent Disorder Clinician at Vancouver Coastal Health, you will:

Works within a multi/interdisciplinary team and as part of a broader integrated system to deliver services to clients experiencing various levels of substance misuse and mental disorders.
Provides independent substance abuse and mental health screening, and comprehensive assessments including DSM IV diagnosis; provides appropriate treatment/support including individual and group therapy, couples and family therapy, and education; and identifies the client’s motivation and their stage in the treatment process, and encourages engagement in treatment.
Establishes and maintains non-judgmental therapeutic relationships with clients, collaborates and consults with colleagues and other community resources, assists with developing/providing education services as required, and participates in program sponsored interdisciplinary research.
Participates in case conferences, team meetings, continuing education, and/or corporate initiatives and engages in on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


Bella Coola sits in a mountain valley at the head of the North Bentinck Channel, 500 km north of Vancouver, with a population of about 1800 people. The community is at the end of a long, truly magnificent fjord, on the mainland coast of British Columbia. Bella Coola General Hospital has 10 acute bed, 5 long term care beds and a 3 bed emergency department open 24/7, along with a laboratory, diagnostic imaging services, Telehealth, Mental Health, Public Health, Home & Community Support Services. Also within the hospital are a medical clinic and a pharmacy.

Practices within the context of a client and family centred care model, and in accordance with the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM) standards of practice for registered nurses as well as within the vision and values of the organization. Provides nursing care to patients/clients on the inpatient ward; provides nursing care to predominantly older residents in a continuing care setting; provides emergency nursing care to patients/clients of all ages presenting to the emergency department with a wide variety of symptoms. Works independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Enhances quality of life from the perspective of the client/resident/patient and/or family. Consults, confers, and collaborates with other health care providers. Demonstrates continuous improvement and best practices approach in nursing practice. Demonstrates expertise and leadership in nursing practice. Maintains and advances own clinical competence. Participates on designated committees/teams and approved research projects as assigned.


Education & Experience

Master’s degree in an Behavioural Health Discipline from a recognized program.
Three (3) years’ recent related experience providing professional services to the designated client population who have substance abuse and mental health illness, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Valid BC Driver’s License as required. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapeutic and counselling skills.
Broad knowledge of bio-psycho-social issues that may occur in response to changing mental health and alcohol and/or other drug needs.
Broad knowledge of mental health and substance abuse disorders and their interaction.
Broad knowledge of DSM IV diagnostic classification system and case formulation.
Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology.
Broad knowledge of legislation, government policies and procedures that relate to the client.
Basic knowledge of other health disciplines and their role in health care.
Demonstrated listening and information seeking skills to promote communication and leading to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multi/interdisciplinary setting.
Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate the development of an integrated system of addiction and mental health services, including working with specialty substance abuse and mental health agencies, and other related professionals.
Demonstrated ability to gather relevant information to make a multi-dimensional substance misuse and mental health assessment.
Demonstrated ability to complete a psychiatric assessment, case formulation and, in consultation with the client, to create a treatment plan that addresses both substance misuse and any level of mental disorder.
Demonstrated ability to apply a variety of theoretical models to practice in assessment and intervention.
Demonstrated ability to draw out and honour information that will contribute to understanding of the client’s situation.
Demonstrated ability to assess and respond appropriately to emergent situations.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients, colleagues, referral sources, medical personnel, and community agency personnel.
Demonstrated ability to analyze and problem solve in pressure situations.
Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
Skilled in the use of equipment, and in the techniques appropriate for treatment.
Basic computer literacy to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, Internet and e-mail software.

Closing Statement
The hours of work including days off and work area may be subject to change consistent with operational requirements and the provision of the Collective Agreement and applicable statutes.

Successful applicants may be required to complete a Criminal Records Review Check.

As per the current Public Health Orders (Long Term Care/Seniors Assisted Living Provincial Health Officer Order and the Health Sector Order), as of October 26, 2021, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Proof of vaccination status will be required.


VCH is a world class innovator in medical care, research and teaching, delivering service to more than one million BC residents. At VCH, we embrace thinking boldly, taking smart risks, and “going first” when we believe it will lead to the best possible outcomes for patients and their families. We invite you to join us in creating healthy lives in healthy communities by showcasing our passion for care, connection to the communities we serve and our culture of teamwork that makes VCH a great place to work.

Comprehensive health benefits package, including MSP, extended health and dental and municipal pension plan
Grow your career with employer-paid training and leadership development opportunities
Wellness supports, including counselling, critical incident and innovative wellness services are available to employees and their immediate families
Award-winning recognition programs to honour staff, medical staff and volunteers
Access to exclusive discount offers and deals for VCH staff
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our goals of creating a great place to work and delivering exceptional care. We acknowledge and accommodate unique differences and ensure special measures are in place so that all prospective and current employees are given an opportunity to succeed.

We are committed to building a representative workforce and encourage applications reflecting diversity of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization or ancestry, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

Vancouver Coastal Health is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers in 2023.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted for this posting.

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