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Addictions Counsellor – Canadian Mental Health Association

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$28.57 to $32.89 per hour


Position Summary:

The Addictions Counselor, reporting to the Addictions Program Manager is responsible for providing appropriate assessment and treatment interventions with clients. Duties include screening and assessment to ensure the most appropriate interventions are offered to the client; negotiating treatment goals and a treatment plan, case management, group facilitation, supportive counseling, and referrals to other services.

All services are provided in accordance with the mission and established protocols of the Agency.

Minimum Qualifications & Experience:

  • A college diploma or university degree in a relevant area of health study
  • Current designation as an International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Designation an asset
  • Two years of relevant experience providing addiction supportive counselling, preferred
  • Certification as an addictions counsellor is preferred
  • Complete CAMH Confidentiality Undertaking and Agreement and Security Clearance Check
  • Certification in First Aid and CPR Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training an asset
  • Crisis Prevention and Intervention training an asset
  • Knowledge in group and individual settings, assessment, supportive counseling and referral in the field of addictions
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply addictions evidence-based practices and procedures as they relate to individuals who live with substance use concerns, within a client-centred approach
  • Demonstrated advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills
  • Ability to effectively utilize community resources and supports to meet the needs of clients
  • Ability to work under pressure within a changing environment
  • Working knowledge of the Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act, and other relevant legislation
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills in order to effectively engage community services and individuals, increasing awareness of services
  • Well-developed problem-solving, prioritization and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Basic proficiency in computer skills; MS Office preferred
  • Ability to work flexible hours and including weekends
  • Required to provide a satisfactory criminal reference check (CRC) prior to hire
  • Must possess a valid Ontario Driver’s License, have regular access to a reliable vehicle and provide proof of adequate vehicle insurance, as necessary for the position