Addictions Psychiatrist 100-1277

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The Department of Psychiatry, South Island, has an opening for a part-time psychiatrist with specific training and experience in Addiction Medicine. Certification in Addiction Medicine preferred.

The successful applicant will work 0.5 FTE providing comprehensive psychiatric services re: concurrent disorder patients. The service will principally occur at two outpatient sites as follows: 0.3 FTE at the CARES/ECC clinic and 0.2 FTE at the Addictions Treatment Clinic.

Interest in Indigenous mental health would be valued, as some of the ECC patients are part of the Indigenous clinic at that site.

There is an expectation to participate in strategic and operational planning, in conjunction with the other Addiction Psychiatrists, allied clinicians, and management re: improved access and treatment for concurrent disorder patients, especially the quadrant IV, high psychiatric/substance use disorder patients.


The successful candidate will have expertise in treating people with substance use issues as well as situational problems and psychiatric disorders.  As an integral part of an interdisciplinary team, you will be joining other psychiatrists and therapists to provide psychiatric expertise in various clinical processes. These will include assessment by one time consults, brief intervention/short term stabilization, and individual psychotherapy/ psychoeducation.

Clinical Duties

  • You will be assessing and treating patients across a broad range of diagnosis including Substance Use Disorder patients with concurrent disorders, such as Mood, Anxiety, Adjustment, and Psychotic disorders. Co-morbid Personality Disorders, brain injuries and other physical disorders are also common.
  • Assessment and short term treatment for some of the outreach teams, as part of the CARES assessments.
  • Clinical documentation will be maintained in the VIHA hybrid chart consistent with current and evolving standards and policy.
  • Participation in the on-call schedule.

Administration Duties

  • Attend meetings, provide reports, and maintain medical credentials per VIHA Medical Staff Rules and VIHA policy, where appropriate.
  • Join the Addiction Psychiatry team, working together with management and front line clinicians in striving to build capacity across our system for concurrent disorder patients and to improve specialized treatment for the same.

Teaching and Research

  • Facilitate the development of and help sustain a rich teaching and supervision atmosphere with residents and medical students as well as clinical counseling interns who train in our clinics. We are also the site for a UBC Addiction Medicine Fellowship, with supervision of fellows by the Addiction psychiatrists at island Health, for their concurrent disorder rotation.
  • Research interests are encouraged and engagement with other researchers in the department is supported, as are connections with VIHA Research.


Office space for assessments, office tasks, and documentation is available, computer and administrative support as part of the general service. A rich multidisciplinary environment for ongoing clinical learning.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Community Information

Victoria, British Columbia’s scenic capital, is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and enviable quality of life, this is an ideal place to pursue your medical career and create the kind of lifestyle only dreamt about. Few areas in the world can match BC’s scope of outdoor activities, with Vancouver Island offering everything from skiing and snowboarding, to golf, and world-class fishing. With Victoria’s temperate climate, its rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, it provides the very best of urban and rural living.

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

AOT (Addictions Outpatient Treatment Clinic), Central Access and Rapid Engagement Services (CARES) and Enhanced Collaborative Care clinic (ECC)


Interested candidates, please attach your CV, letter of interest, and names and contact information for 3 referees. 

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator

Island Health


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Shift/Hours of Work
Fee-for-Service, Sessional Billing and MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience
  • Eligible for licensure in psychiatry with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) - Desired
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) eligible - Mandatory
  • Specialized training and experience in Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry. Certification in Addiction Medicine preferred.
  • Experience and training in comprehensive psychiatry services, and skills and experience in multidisciplinary, collaborative care and stepped care models.
  • Leadership experience and training will be considered an asset.
  • Capacity and interest to build relationships with the other services/staff.
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