In accordance with the Vision, Purpose, and Values, and strategic direction of Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority), patient and staff safety is a priority and a responsibility shared by everyone; as such, the requirement to continuously improve quality and safety is inherent in all aspects of this position.
Reporting to the Coordinator or designate, the Addictions and Recovery Worker provides all service aspects of non-medical withdrawal management care including a variety of general care services, harm reduction education, group facilitation, individual screening for risk, registration, admission/discharge of clients, supportive counselling, daily living activities, and supervision of clients dealing with substance misuse. Observes and monitors clients, role models and demonstrates healthy lifestyle behaviours; and completes documentation. Travel may be a requirement of this position. Transportation arrangements must meet the operational requirements of the Vancouver Island Health Authority in accordance with the service assignment and may require the use of a personal vehicle.
Education, Training And Experience
Post secondary certification in addiction counselling or equivalent plus two years' recent related experience. Working knowledge of chemical dependency. Basic knowledge of community resources. Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Certification in First Aid and CPR. Valid BC Driver's License is required for certain positions as determined by the operational requirements of the program. Certificate in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) within first three months of employment. Foodsafe Certification required for Supportive Housing and Housing and long-term care positions.
Experience working with adults and youth with mental health and substance use issues.
Skills And Abilities
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing;
Ability to deal with seriously addicted and mentally ill clients and their families;
Ability to observe and recognize behavioural and/or health status changes in clients;
Ability to facilitate supportive and educational groups;
Ability to role model healthy lifestyle choices;
Ability to set and maintain boundaries;
Ability to work independently and in collaboration with others;
Ability to organize and prioritize own workload;
Conflict resolution and crisis intervention skills;
Ability to operate related equipment and software programs such as word processing and spreadsheet applications.