Mental Health & Addictions Outreach Clinician

ID# 001092

Vancouver Coastal Health
Richmond, BC V6X 1Z9

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Job Description

Vancouver Coastal Health is looking for a Clinician with a Master's Degree to join the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team in Richmond, BC. Apply today to join our team!


As a Mental Health and Addiction Clinician, you will:

  • Work as a member of an interdisciplinary team to provide a range of outreach mental health services for adults suffering from serious psychiatric illnesses or concurrent psychiatric and substance use disorders.

  • In collaboration with acute care and community partners, provide consultation and capacity building with various community care agencies.

  • Conduct mental health assessments for individuals experiencing urgent and emergent mental health and/or substance abuse problems.

  • Assess physiological, psychological and social cultural needs; conduct risk assessments and formulate initial diagnostic impressions in order to determine priority of care requirements and the available services and resources.

  • Provide direct clinical services in the form of immediate assessment, intervention, referral and support to clients in urgent situations.

  • Provide crisis intervention-stabilization as required and collaborate with colleagues and other caregivers in the identification and resolution of client care issues, ethical dilemmas, coordination and integration of care.

  • Act as client advocate, develop, coordinate and deliver evidence based treatment/interventions.

  • Participate in clinical/case conferences, team meetings, continuing education, conferences, and/or corporate initiatives.

  • Engage in on-going team planning, development, evaluation and quality improvement activities.


 Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams bring health care and life-skills support to clients; all of whom would have difficulty arranging and keeping appointments with traditional office-based health care practitioners. ACT uses a trauma informed approach to promote recovery through community-based treatment and rehabilitation. The ACT team strives to reduce the number of contacts between police and their clients with severe and persistent mental health conditions and substance use concerns.



Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in a behavioural science from a recognized program.

  • Two (2) years’ recent experience working with individuals with a mental illness; 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.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the principles of recovery in mental illness.

  • Knowledge of Psychosocial Rehabilitation methodology.

  • Broad knowledge of clinical theory & counselling skills.

  • Broad knowledge of mental illness and treatment.

  • Broad knowledge of substance use and addictions treatment



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 delivering exceptional care and building a great place to work. At VCH, we value and accommodate unique differences to ensure that our staff and medical staff (both current and prospective) have the opportunity and are supported to thrive.

To build a strong and representative workforce, we are seeking candidates who will contribute to a caring and inclusive culture. We encourage applications from members of communities that are disadvantaged on any grounds under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, people of all genders and sexualities and people with disabilities.

VCH is proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work in Canada in 2021 by Glassdoor and Forbes.