Job Posting

Day Treatment Facilitator

Employer Name: 
Freedom Quest Youth Services
Job Location: 
Regional (Trail, Nelson, Castlegar, Salmo, Grand Forks, Nakusp, Kaslo, & surrounding areas)

Program & Position Summary

The Day Treatment Program is a reflexive and eclectic program that grounds itself in client-centered, non-judgmental, harm reduction, and trauma-informed ways of working. The curriculum is co-constructed by participants and is dependent on their unique needs and goals. The curriculum may cover any of the following topics: healthy relationships, grounding, taking care of yourself, compassion, honesty, triggers, grief/loss, anger, strengths and interests, trauma, boundaries, substance-specific information and resources, stages of change, communication, conflict resolution, self-esteem/self-image, mental health, self-harm, suicide, sleep, gender & sexuality, and/or core values.

Tools and techniques from the following approaches and models of individual and group counselling are most commonly referenced/utilized in day treatment programming:

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Seeking Safety Group
  • Support Group
  • Interpersonal Processing Group
  • Psychoeducation Group
  • Skills Development Group

Additionally, the Day Treatment Program imbeds activity-based therapeutic recreation in the program with the support of Freedom Quest’s Recreation Coordinator. 
The Day Treatment Facilitator is anticipated to allocate their time to the tasks below, however, they and the Day Treatment Coordinator have the flexibility to manage the program schedule and task list according to the needs of program participants as well as to the needs of the agency and the contract. Because of the nature of the Day Treatment Program, it is assumed that all tasks will be conducted by both the Day Treatment Coordinator and Facilitator in close collaboration and co-facilitation. Few tasks are designed to be done in isolation. The two positions work together 3-days/week to offer 3, structured, 6-week day treatment programs a year for youth ages 12-19. This program may also have opportunity to provide more focused groups in addition to the regular programming based on identified need (example: Supported Recovery Group, Parent Support Program). Programming requires flexibility with the possibility of some evening, weekend and overnight work hours being required.


Program Planning

  • cultivate community partnerships
  • co-facilitate youth intake interviews
  • co-facilitate youth exit interviews
  • collaborate on developing program activities, curriculum, and documents 
  • attend and actively participate in all program and client focused  planning/debrief meetings

Program Co-Facilitation:

  • co-facilitate program curriculum
  • enact a safe therapeutic environment that is grounded in the principles of the program and the agency
  • provide after care for alumni
  • implement all assigned roles and responsibilities regarding program evaluation, meal, and transportation plans for each group
  • implement roles and responsibilities outlined in each clients Individual Service Plan


  • collect program data
  • other duties as assigned by the Day Treatment Coordinator
  • submit agency timesheet 
  • attend and actively participate in all general staff meetings and other agency-specific tasks

Knowledge Skills, and Abilities


  • A degree in child and youth care, social work or related field with specialization in administering substance use treatment programming. A combination of education and experience that would be equivalent may be accepted.
  • Individuals with certifications, trainings or experience in outdoor recreation activities preferred.


  • Three years of experience working with youth who are adversely affected by substances 
  • Three years of experience working with youth in group settings
  • Three years of experience working with youth in outdoor recreation settings
  • Sound knowledge of and experience in administering substance use treatment best practices 
  • Experience working in a counselling capacity
  • Experience working from harm-reduction, client-centred, strengths-based, attachment and trauma-informed approaches
  • One year of experience driving a 15-passenger vehicle (preferred)

Other Requirements

  • Valid Driver’s License (Class IV, unrestricted, required)
  • Reliable Vehicle (required)
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certification (required, Wilderness First Aid preferred)
  • Valid ASIST Certification (an asset)
  • Valid FoodSafe Certification (an asset)
  • Valid Canoeing Certifications (an asset)
  • Clean Driver’s Abstract
  • Criminal Record Check

Start Date: September, 2020
Position Duration: Permanent (3-month probation)
Hours/week: 21 hours/week
Hourly wage: $22-$24/hour
Vacation: 4 weeks/year
Benefits: Full benefits paid by employer, 5% RRSP Contribution
Office Location: 349 Columbia Ave., Castlegar, BC


Posting Will Expire: 
Friday, July 17, 2020
How to Apply
Application Procedure: 

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