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FT Addictions Counsellor - Good Shepherd

Jan 20, 2021
Toronto, Ontario

Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes, a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, strives to enhance the quality of life for all who seek assistance and support in our community. Opportunities currently exist at the Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Toronto Addictions Supportive Housing Program in the role of: 

FT Addictions Counsellor

As an Addictions Counsellor, you will be part of a team that coordinates a support network and linkages for individuals living in supportive housing.  Persons living in this housing will have complex addiction issues as well as a range of related challenges.  This project is part of a larger initiative to increase the health and social outcomes to people with problematic substance use by providing stable housing and appropriate services.  The addiction counsellor will support both ASH and the GTA HOST teams.

Note: Staff will be required to visit resident’s apartment units and may therefore be exposed to second hand smoke.  There may be occasional evening and weekend hours. 

The individual hired for this position will:

  • Participate in the referral and intake process for the supportive housing units
  • Establish a comprehensive assessment and a service plan with tenants including referrals, as appropriate
  • Support activities geared toward establishing and maintaining healthy lifestyles with a particular emphasis on, relapse prevention, community engagement, and life skills
  • Support the tenant in navigating the social services and health care system
  • Mediate conflict, including crisis prevention and intervention
  • Provide case management and individual/group counseling
  • Participate in existing community and service networks
  • Complete reporting and evaluation requirements


  • A combination of three years’ experience in the fields of addiction and housing
  • A degree in social work or a related discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Expertise providing counseling and case management to individuals who are experiencing or have experienced a complex history of substance use
  • A working knowledge of best practices with regard to substance use, harm reduction, trauma, and the therapeutic relationship
  • Crisis intervention skills, with well-developed problem solving abilities and interpersonal skills
  • Good oral and written communication
  • Creativity and flexibility to approaches
  • Knowledge of community resources and supports
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and interact with workers from a variety of agencies
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Understanding of cultural competency
  • Ability to work independently with minimum day to day supervision

Please forward resume and cover letter quoting job number: TH-01-21 by:  January 20, 2021 to:

Colleen Lamond – Director

Good Shepherd Non-Profit Homes Inc.- Toronto        

Fax : 416-203-2811

Email :

Good Shepherd is an equal opportunity employer operating within an anti-racist and anti-oppression framework. We strive to establish workplaces that reflect and are enhanced by the rich diversity of the community we serve.

Good Shepherd welcomes and encourages applications from all people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available during all aspects of the selection process.  If you are in need of accommodations, please contact Human Resources at 905 528-5877 ext. 2265 or email


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