Addictions Counsellor (Addictions Specialist)

ADAPT - Oakville, ON (30+ days ago)

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ADAPT and its health partners are dedicated to changing the face of addictions and mental health services. We are hiring for one (1) Addictions Specialist (Counsellor) role.

The counsellor will provide clinical and case management services to the Safe Beds program clients affected by mental health and addiction issues, in order to divert them from incarceration, the justice system, and/ or unnecessary hospitalization. Through group and individual therapy they will facilitate active warm transfer and navigation to subsequent needed services across the region upon discharge. This counsellor will want to put the patient and family experience at the heart of everything they do; they will get excited about being a part of industry-leading innovation; and they will believe deeply in ensuring that every person can access what they need to live well.

Reports To: Addiction Supportive Housing Manager

Job classification: Full-Time Permanent

Location: Halton region, including premises of Safe Beds Short-Term Residential Services (Oakville, ON)

Hours: 10:00am-6:00pm, Monday to Friday (subject to change)

NOTE: The candidate will have the opportunity/expectation of working with a multi-disciplinary team in further defining and coordinating the position (program development), into an integrated model of care. At the first stage of employment, the counsellor will be slowly transitioning to the new role by participating in training, orientation and shadowing in the ADAPT Addictions Supportive Housing (ASH) program.

SUMMARY: Delivers clinical services to clients (18 years of age and older) with addictions (and mental health concerns) who are in crisis, for example identified by police or mobile crisis teams, and who have been using short-term residential services of the Safe Beds program. The incumbent will take a multidisciplinary approach working closely with the ADAPT community partners when providing clinical assessments and developing and implementing clinically sound treatment plans, with specific attention to transitioning clients to permanent housing, and/ or mental health and addictions services in the community.


Primary responsibilities may include but may not be limited to:

  • Assesses client needs through the use of diagnostic tools and structured interviews;
  • In consultation with the client and other members of the case management team and significant persons, conducts case conferences/consultations, develops an individual treatment plan for the client and conducts appropriate case management services with respect to the client’s treatment plan;
  • Provides individual and/or group and family counselling to address the clients’ needs; family engagement, support and education;
  • Crisis support;
  • Assists the client when transitioning from the Safe Beds residential services to housing in the community;
  • Identifying next stage (post-Safe Beds) services in the community and facilitating navigation and warm transfer to these services to reintegrate clients into the community and reduce their risk of recidivism; refers clients to other appropriate support services and agencies according to the clients’ needs, with specific attention to supporting referrals between addictions and housing services;
  • Provides support specific to life skills, daily living skills, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and prevention, budgeting assistance, community integration, etc.,
  • Maintains a collaborative working relationship with housing partners;
  • Maintains all financial and statistical data related to the operation of the program, and provides data to the lead agency in a timely manner and as requested;
  • Assists in the promotion of ADAPT and its programs to other agencies and the general public;
  • Assists in maintaining a high level of open and effective communications within the organization and with community partners;
  • Provides other services according to the conditions of program funding;
  • Participates (as required) in: community outreach and advocacy in the field of addictions committees, community education and public awareness initiatives, and professional development activities;
  • Travels throughout Halton and Peel Regions;


  • Broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories (with an emphasis on harm-reduction), mental illness, and community resources is required;
  • Ability to provide trauma-informed care is required;
  • Ability to provide community withdrawal management services;
  • Familiarity with community services and resources;
  • Strong communication and active listening;
  • Ability to: function independently, maintain effective working relationships with others, work effectively under pressure or deadlines and work outside regular office hours as required, use good judgement to make sound decisions;
  • Interpersonal skills that require an attention to detail and rapport building with clients;
  • Experienced sense and awareness of ethical boundaries and clinical reporting obligations;
  • Good organizational skills;
  • Active time management and scheduling;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, employees and community partners at all levels of the organization;
  • Ability to effectively present complex clinical information in writing and verbally;
  • Proficiency with computer programs and electronic database(s)


  • University degree (undergraduate or graduate level) in Social Work, Health and Social Science and/ or Health related field plus Addiction Studies certification required;
  • Professional registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers an asset;
  • GAIN certificate an asset;
  • Non-violent crisis intervention, First Aid, CPR and ASIST certifications
  • At least 3 years working experience with clients 18 years of age and older in the area of addictions, and mental health; additionally, experience in transitional housing case management an asset;
  • Experience in:

- Individual, family, and group therapy;

- Community development and networking;

- Record keeping and file management;

- Basic life skills counselling, supportive counselling, crisis intervention, advocacy, and

group work;

- Managing clients with complex needs in varying stages of change;

  • Regular access to a dependable vehicle is required;
  • Must undergo police records check.

ADAPT is a respectful, caring and inclusive workplace committed to Employment Equity. We welcome diversity in the workplace, and encourage applications from all qualified individuals including members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities. We will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment and selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. Applicants need to make their accommodation needs known when contacted.


  • Extended health care
  • Vision care
  • Disability insurance
  • Dental care
  • Life insurance
  • Flexible working hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Subsidised commuter solution
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Wellness programs
  • Company events & social hours
  • On-site parking
  • Casual dress

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent