Addictions Counselor III- Family Violence Program #74801

Company: Alberta Health Services

Job Description


  • Reporting to the manager Community Addictions and Justice Initiative Program, Fort McMurray, this position functions as an Addiction Counsellor III (Family Violence Program) in the context of a multidisciplinary team located within the Justice Initiative team.
  • Services provided are primarily clinical in nature and involve: psychosocial assessment, resource-based interventions, risk screening, counseling, case management and coordination and discharge planning for persons and families experiencing family violence.
  • The position also involves consultation and collaboration with medical staff, inter-professional team members, community agencies, and requires the ability to work independently with occasional review, consultation and evaluation from a Manager or Supervisor.
  • The incumbent must work independently with a high degree of judgment and must be able to work effectively as part of an inter-professional team and commit to strengthening team dynamics by actively facilitating inter-professional collaboration to enhance patient health outcomes.
  • Completes mental health and addiction functional assessments utilizing standardized assessments, protocols and clinical pathways.
  • Providing individual and group counseling.
  • Develops and prioritizes an effective individualized plan of patient care, in collaboration with the inter-disciplinary team.
  • Develops and implements interventions to assist in the management and treatment of patients with addiction issues within the criminal justice system.
  • Provides ongoing monitoring of patients’ response to intervention, identifies deviations from expected outcomes, and assesses change in patients’ status and intervenes accordingly.
  • Maintain assessment, treatment, progress, and discharge records.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary case conferences and meetings as required.
  • Provide community consultation and public education as required.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of guidelines as set out by the licensing body and performs duties accordingly and within established scope of practice.
  • Participate in clinical supervision activities, staff training, and in-service education.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Degree or diploma in an applicable field.
  • Current registration with the appropriate professional college or associations.
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).
  • One - Two years direct experience in psychosocial assessment, discharge planning, and case management with addiction and mental health populations.
  • Experience working with diverse cultural groups and vulnerable populations.
  • Demonstrated effective communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to initiate work both independently and as a team member, and make sound professional decisions in a complex multidisciplinary environment.
  • Working knowledge of computers and clinical documentation processes an asset.
  • Good understanding of health promotion and determinants of health, including theory, knowledge and practice.
  • Valid driver's license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • AHS values the diversity of the people and communities we serve and is committed to attracting, engaging and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • All employees must provide a criminal record check that is satisfactory to AHS in compliance with the AHS Security Screening Procedure.
  • All employees who work in a patient care location are required to submit a completed Communicable Disease Assessment form.
  • All professions must provide proof of licensure or registration with the approved Alberta regulatory college, prior to commencing duties with AHS where applicable: Regulated health professions under the Alberta Health Professions Act and Health Disciplines Act will be required to provide an original copy of a valid practice permit before commencing their duties with AHS. Other professions governed by government acts, college or regulatory body requirements may be required to provide additional documentation.

Additional Information:

In addition to a competitive rate of pay, AHS currently has a Fort McMurray Allowance in place to an annual maximum of $12,480. This allowance is non-pensionable and is payable on an hourly basis for all hours paid at the basic rate of pay.

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