EKASS is Hiring!
Posted on: 02-Sep-2020
Posted by Theresa Bartraw | on
EAST KOOTENAY ADDICTIONS SERVICES SOCIETY
Youth Substance Use Counsellor - Invermere, BC
Closing Date: September 15, 2020
East Kootenay Addiction Services Society is hiring a permanent part-time 0.8 FTE Youth Substance Use Counsellor for our Invermere location.
Working from a Harm Reduction perspective and a Bio-psycho-social-spiritual model, the Youth Substance Use Counsellor provides screening, assessment, treatment planning and individual, group and family counselling to youth and their families affected by their own or someone else’s substance misuse. In addition, the Counsellor participates in the planning, development and delivery of treatment, education and prevention programs to youth, families, schools and other community groups in the Invermere area; and provides outreach services to youth in non-traditional settings.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate discipline suitable for substance use work such as Social Work, Counselling Psychology, and minimum of three-years relevant substance use experience.
- Experience and training working with individuals, groups and families
- Experience and training working with youth with concurrent disorder issues
- Working knowledge of the mental health and substance use system of care, including a comprehensive understanding of current approaches to substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Skills and Abilities:
- Be flexible and use analytical and critical thinking to respond to changing work conditions
- Provide therapeutic counselling services to individuals, groups and families
- Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, and maintain accurate and timely reports
- Establish and maintain relationships based on trust and respect, and maintain healthy interpersonal boundaries with work colleagues, community partners and clients
- Develop and implement public education and prevention activities for various community groups with a Harm Reduction focus
- Work with an inter-disciplinary team approach
- Demonstrate adherence to professional ethical values
- Maintain valid driver’s license. Must have own vehicle
- Hold a Valid first aid/CPR certification
- Provide a current Criminal Record Clearance
Salary: Commensurate with Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association and HEABC, Disciplines Allied to Social Work I, Grid Level 8
Submit cover letter and resume to:
Dean Nicholson, Executive Director
East Kootenay Addiction Services Society
202, 1617 Baker Street
Cranbrook, BC, V1C 1B4
Email: [email protected]
Only those selected for interview will be contacted.
International Overdose Awareness Day 2020
Posted on: 18-Aug-2020
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International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year. The day aims raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. It also acknowledge the grief felt by families and friend remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.
To help reduce the risk of overdose:
- Buddy up when you are using, stay 2 meters (6 ft) from your buddy to remain physically distanced, but remember using with a buddy is safer than using alone!
- Remember, smoking substances can still lead to overdose, take measures to prevent overdose.
- Avoid using different drugs at the same time or using drugs and alcohol together.
- Don’t use alone. Leave door unlocked. Tell someone to check on you.
- If you feel you must use while alone, consider using the Lifeguard app www.lifeguardDH.com which can connect you with emergency medical dispatchers in the event of an overdose. Download at the App Store or Google Play.
- Test by using a small amount, then go slow.
- Carry a Naloxone kit and know how to use it. Naloxone is available at:
- ANKORS, EKASS, IH Public Health & Mental Health Substance Use Locations
- Pharmacies located throughout Cranbrook
- Recognize the signs of an OD: slow or no breathing, gurgling or gasping, lips/fingertips turning blue, difficult to rouse (awaken), non-responsive.
- Call 9-1-1 immediately It is still safe (and important) to use emergency services during the COVID -19 pandemic
- Open airway and give rescue breaths using face mask
- Give naloxone (Narcan) if you have it
- Check your drugs. Fentanyl test strips are available at:
ANKORS #209 – 16th Ave North Cranbrook 250-426-3383
EKASS – 202 1617 Baker Street 250-489-4344