Addictions Counsellor 2 – Maternity Leave Contract - Addiction Services for York Region

Oct 10, 2020
Aurora, Ontario


Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community based counselling organization with its main office located in Aurora, Ontario and providing services in York Region, South Simcoe and some parts of Toronto. ASYR unites to offer hope and promote recovery through outstanding service and innovation. Information about our agency programs can be found at Addiction Services for York Region takes pride in its passion for client service. Each day presents new opportunities to demonstrate leadership and expertise in addictions to the community.

ASYR is seeking a candidate to join its dynamic team in the following position

An experienced and highly motivated individual to work as an Addictions Counsellor 2, for our Addictions Withdrawal Management Program in its Aurora office location, reporting to the Assigned Supervisor. This is a full-time contract position until March 2021, for 35 hours per week, with a minimum of two evenings per week, providing services throughout York Region and surrounding areas, including Toronto. Weekend work is also expected (i.e. some Saturdays). The incumbent will be assigned a direct service caseload in accordance with the agency's guidelines and subject to the evaluation of specific clinical competence and limitation by the Clinical Director. The hourly wage rate is $30.62.

In addition,

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing the level, pattern, and dynamics of the alcohol and/or drug use by an individual, couple, or family as well as the client's overall functioning including; social systems, general health, and psycho/social status
  • Evaluating specific aspects of the client's functioning by using tools and processes designed for specialized assessment purposes
  • Collaborating and assisting physicians in the treatment of Community Clinics clients during scheduled appointments with physician
  • Working in assigned satellite offices. Locations may change depending on Community Clinics’ needs.
  • Providing information on methadone and suboxone to individuals, couples and families
  • Providing education to other organizations, agencies, and community partners about the Community Clinics
  • Developing a treatment plan and selecting appropriate treatment strategies on the basis of information gathered through the assessment processes
  • Providing either written or verbal information regarding the assessment findings and the case formulation to the client and to referral sources that request this information
  • Redirecting individuals whose assessed needs cannot be met on a short-term, outpatient basis to appropriate specialized programs
  • Providing consultation and problem-solving assistance to professional colleagues and members of the community
  • Assisting the client informally to identify problems and goals
  • Developing and implementing a formal, systematic, and ongoing goal setting process
  • Providing skills teaching in selected areas of functioning attendant to rehabilitation for substance abuse through general instruction
  • Supporting and guiding the client in reaching their goals and in solving selected, practical problems
  • Providing systematic interpretation and direction of the client's functioning and situation in order to facilitate the development of specific insights and solutions
  • Providing appropriate clinical intervention and counselling to agency clients
  • Ensuring continuity of service to clients through a continuous process of service matching, co-ordination, outreach to resources frequently used by the client population, referral, and follow-up
  • Acting on behalf of and/or with the client by representing the client's needs as required in order to both accomplish the client's goals and teach self-advocacy skills
  • Working with the client and/or their family system/subsystem  to develop or restore the client's natural support system - family, friends, co-workers, church, etc
  • Establishing relationships with other community groups and relevant services that will support the client's functioning
  • Facilitating group casework meetings that are consistent with program services and goals
  • Providing accessible casework services that are tailored to the local community's needs and participating in inter-agency committee work at selected satellite offices
  • Maintaining client records including progress notes, service delivery logs and discharge summaries
  • Educating community agencies and professional groups as assigned by the Clinical Director
  • Participating in in-house peer consultation/supervision and staff training programs


  • A minimum Bachelor’s university degree in one of the social sciences or a health related discipline, with considerable knowledge of how to treat substance abuse and mental health issues.
  • Member or member in progress with one of the regulatory colleges under the Regulated Health Professionals Act, ex: College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Two or more years’ experience working with people with opiate addictions or concurrent disorders an asset
  • Knowledge of systemic issues such as poverty, unemployment, stigma, and the isolation felt by individuals with opiate addictions and their families.
  • Ability to practice in a culturally sensitive manner using anti-racism and anti-oppression principles.
  • Knowledge and experience in harm reduction strategies
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, and the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements.
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region and surrounding areas, including formal and informal resources is an asset.
  • Solid knowledge and understanding of Case Management principles an asset
  • Significant knowledge and experience in theoretical modalities of both individual and systemic interventions
  • Ability to complete a comprehensive addiction assessment independently to formulate collaborative treatment plans and facilitate process oriented therapeutic interventions to clients with addiction and family issues
  • Ability to facilitate psycho educational and process groups to diverse clients with substance use issues
  • Proven ability to do presentations to clients, the general public and other service providers
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • The ability to work independently and within an inter-disciplinary team
  • A strong working knowledge of data management systems (Catalyst preferred)
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle during work hours
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages, French & English, a definite asset
  • Ability to communicate in another language other than the two Canadian official languages, an asset
  • A successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check, as per agency policy and procedures

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter detailing what interests you about this opportunity and experience you have that sets you apart from others to by October 10, 2020. Please indicate in the subject line: JOB POSTING #:2020.01C - YOUR NAME – ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR 2 – ADDICTIONS WITHDRAWAL MANAGEMENT, MATERNITY LEAVE CONTRACT

The process we will undertake to recruit for this role includes:

  • Initial screening of resumes and covering letters
  • Those who are successful in moving through the initial screening process, will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview
  • Those who are successful in the telephone interview will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview to gain a better understanding of the role, as well as, provide you the opportunity to discuss how your experience fits well with this opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

ASYR is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 


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