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David Burns

  Joined: Mar 7 2006
  Certifications: ICADC , CCCS
  Student: No      Retired: No

  Having earned a Master’s degree in Leadership with a Health specialization, I have advanced knowledge and skills in health strategy, policy, mental health and substance use. I am an accomplished team builder, with demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills. As a lifelong learner and leader I have the ability to build collaborative relationships. PROFILE Addictions consultant and manager with progressive senior management experience in health care planning and project management. Extensive experience in development of large-scale community budgets, staffing, quality initiatives and strategic planning. Lifelong learner. Competent in dealing with people, establishing focus and fostering teamwork within collaborative multidisciplinary relationships and partnerships. EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE Practice Lead, Addictions, Canadian Forces Health Services Pacific, 2012 to present. Experience establishing mission focus, motivational support, fostering teamwork and managing change in the implementation of programs. Collaboration with medical directors, employers, therapists, physicians and patients to ensure a smooth flow of care in accordance with the vision, values and care philosophy of the Canadian Forces. Addictions Counsellor, Canadian Forces Health Services Pacific, 2007 to 2017. Experienced and knowledgeable clinician having served on the national committee to develop and implement addiction treatment protocols for the Canadian Forces. Experienced in coordination of mental health and substance use treatment initiatives within private and public sectors. In-depth understanding of health services and operations. Collaboration with inter-professional agencies in order to support integrated mental health care for the CF. President of the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Vice-President Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation. Chairperson Addiction Counsellors of British Columbia. Experience in establishing a national mental health & addictions care strategic policy to provide coordinated addiction standards at the local, regional and national levels. Collaborated on the development of the first national policy for certification of addiction care for CACCF. Experience establishing national standards of care, ethics and educational requirements for substance use counsellors, creating a mechanism for provider accountability and provincial licence. Provide national leadership through mentoring and policy development for Evidence-Based Best Practices Philosophy for addiction and mental health care. Master’s Degree, Royal Roads University, 2012 Experience in providing in-depth recommendations to the lower mainland’s four health authorities and province for amalgamating medical imaging services. Organisational Leadership Project: Harm-reduction versus abstinence-based addiction care: Leadership development towards the better model. Addiction Counsellor, Private Practice, 2002 to present

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