Vancouver Coastal Health

Youth Addictions Clinician

Job Description

Job Title: Youth Addictions Clinician
Work Site: Child & Youth Integrated Mental Health, Richmond Mental Health Services - Richmond, BC
Status: Regular Full Time 
Start Date: As soon as possible
Salary: $35.65 - $44.56 per hour


Days off: Friday, Saturday, and statutory holidays

Reference#: 167457-jzh


Come work as a Youth Addictions Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH)!

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Youth Clinician to join the Child and Youth Mental Health Program in Richmond, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Youth Clinician with Vancouver Coastal Health you will:

  • Using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to client care, be responsible for conducting individual, group and family counselling.
  • Perform duties including:
    • establishing trust with children and youth;
    • engaging youth at their level of readiness for change;
    • conducting screens for services;
    • conducting comprehensive assessments;
    • making appropriate referrals;
    • and assisting clients to develop and achieve their individualized treatment plan.
  • Provide treatment services to children, youth, and families to meet their needs at a level and locations that are accessible to the client.

Integrated Mental Health Program:

Assessment and treatment for children (6-11 years of age) or youth (12-19 years of age), including their families, who are affected by serious and persistent mental health concerns.  Services include counselling, interdisciplinary case management, crisis response and suicide risk assessment, and school outreach.  The clinician’s primary role is to develop and provide a combination of individual, family, and group education and therapy sessions.



Education & Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Behavioural Science plus three (3) years’ recent related counselling experience with one (1) year of experience in a substance use treatment setting or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience.
  • Valid BC Driver’s Licence. Local area travel may require the use of a personal vehicle.

Knowledge & Abilities

  • Comprehensive knowledge of mental health and substance use services and treatment protocols based on bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to client care.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Trauma Informed Practice.
  • Comprehensive understanding of youth mental health and substance use related issues.
  • Broad knowledge of advanced counselling techniques.
  • Broad knowledge of bio-psycho-social-spiritual issues that may occur in response to changing health and alcohol and/or other drug needs.
  • Demonstrated skills in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of an integrated team of mental health and substance use specialists, clinical supervisors, and managers.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain mutually respectful and collaborative relationships with clients, colleagues, community partners, and all related support systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently with minimal supervision.
  • 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 trust and respect among children, youth, and their families.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and facilitate the development of an integrated system of mental health and substance use services, including working with school districts, staff, health care and other related professions.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather relevant information to make a multi-dimensional substance use assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with clients, their family, staff, referral sources, and other professionals.
  • 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, Internet and e-mail software.

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 2022.

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

***Employees of VCH must apply via the Internal Application Process. Refer to the site for How to Apply instructions. 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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