Vancouver Coastal Health

Substance Use Outreach Clinician - Aftercare

Job ID 2024-122261
City Bella Bella
Work Location
Heiltsuk Hospital
Aftercare Clinicians
Home Worksite
64 - Heiltsuk Hospital
Labour Agreement
Health Science Professionals
400 - HS Professional HSA
Position Type
Job Status
Regular Full-Time
Standard Hours / Week
Job Category
Community Health Services
Salary Grade
Min Hourly
CAD $42.27/Hr.
Max Hourly
CAD $52.81/Hr.
Shift Times
Days Off
Saturday, Stats, Sunday
Position Start Date
As soon as possible


The salary range for this position is CAD $42.27/Hr. - CAD $52.81/Hr.

Job Summary

Come work as a Substance Use Outreach Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and you may be eligible for a financial recruitment incentive of up to $20,000. Incentives are time limited and conditions apply. Apply today to speak to a Talent Acquisition Advisor! 


Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Substance Use Outreach Clinician to join the Aftercare Clinicians team at Heiltsuk Hospital in Bella Bella, BC. Apply today to join our team!

This work is framed within VCH’s commitments to our pillars of Indigenous Cultural Safety, Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and Planetary Health.

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 Substance Use Outreach Clinician with VCH you will:

  • Use an outreach model that is strengths-based and inclusive of harm reduction approaches, this position will support client goals including detox/substance use stabilization, treatment and recovery programming, as well as those in the pre-contemplative stage, in addition to supporting wellness initiatives.
  • Provide harm reduction education, group facilitation across the transtheoretical model of change, and case management toward and between treatment initiatives are part of the role.
    Establish and maintains relationships with clients.
  • Collaborates with multidisciplinary team and other community resources, liaises and consults with internal/external physicians, governmental and community social service, health and mental health agencies to facilitate clients’ wellness journeys.
  • Participates in committees and meetings, engages in on-going team planning, development and quality improvement activities, and maintains and updates own knowledge.
  • Liaise and consult with internal/external physicians, governmental and community social service, health and mental health agencies to facilitate clients’ wellness journeys.
  • Provides direct clinical services in the form of immediate assessment, intervention, referral and support to clients in urgent situations.
  • Provides crisis intervention-stabilization as required and collaborates with colleagues and other caregivers in the identification and resolution of client care issues, ethical dilemmas, coordination and integration of care.
  • Acts as client advocate, supports client’ recovery goals including building recovery capital, develops, coordinates and delivers evidence based treatment/interventions.


Bella Bella is a beautiful island community off the central coast of British Columbia, 690 km north of Vancouver. It is surrounded by a magical world of channels, inlets and old growth forest. It is home to salmon, orcas, humpbacks, bald eagles and the other denizens of the Pacific Northwest. The climate is mild and the area is a paradise for kayaking, sport fishing, hiking and photography.

The Heiltsuk Hospital in Bella Bella has 7 acute beds, 7 long term care beds and a 4-bed emergency department open 24/7, along with Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging services. It offers telehealth services as well as speciality clinics. Heiltsuk Hospital also has an Intensive Case Management team for mental health and substance use. There is a medical clinic and a pharmacy located in the hospital. The healthcare team consists of Physicians, RNs, LPNs, PCAs, Laboratory and Radiology Technologists, Combined Lab/X-Ray Technologists, Pharmacist, Pharmacy Assistants, and Support Services Personnel.

Heiltsuk Hospital is located on the traditional territories of the Heiltsuk Nation. It is one of the only provincial hospitals located on a reserve in all of Canada.

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Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in a health science discipline from a recognized program.
  • Two (2) years’ recent experience practicing in community based or Indigenous-led or First Nations organizations working with individuals with substance use and mental health presentations; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Valid B.C. driver's license. Local area travel requires the use of a personal vehicle for which mileage reimbursement will be paid.
  • Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to candidates who identify as Indigenous including First Nations, Inuit, and/or Metis.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of substance-use recovery services in the community and across British Columbia.
  • Demonstrate Knowledge of health inequities and discrimination faced by designated client population.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of harm reduction in a health care setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of strengths based, client centered approach and ability to incorporate into practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Indigenous Cultural Safety.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of traditional healing practices.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of trauma-informed practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of substance-use recovery model.
  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.
  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.
  • Broad knowledge of clinical theory & counselling skills (individual and group based).
  • Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment.
  • Broad knowledge of substance use and addictions treatment
  • Broad knowledge of psychopharmacology (indications and side-effects).
  • Broad knowledge of psychoeducation principles and methods.
  • Broad knowledge of other facilities and community resources
  • Broad knowledge of legislation and government policies and procedure that relate to client care including the BC Mental Health Act.
  • Knowledge of DSM IV Diagnostic Classification System, mental status examination and case formulation.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct mental health and addictions assessments, and provide treatment planning and crisis intervention.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues, clients and their families, students and service providers in health and social services.
  • Demonstrated de-escalation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to manage aggressive and suicidal behavior.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population.
  • Ability to conduct a risk assessment and respond appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish workload priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to adjust to new or unexpected events.
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve.
  • Ability to operate related equipment.
  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • Ability to operate a computerized client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and email 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, as of October 5, 2023, all employees working for Vancouver Coastal Health must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have received a single dose of the most-recent, updated COVID-19 vaccine. 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

Equity, diversity, 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 2024.

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

***Employees of VCH must apply online via the Internal Career Portal on CareerHub, you are currently viewing the External Career Portal. Refer to the site for instructions on how to view internal job postings and how to apply as an employee. Current VCH employees who apply to this posting using this external site will be considered as an external candidate. Seniority will not apply.***

Thank you for your interest in Vancouver Coastal Health.


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