Substance Abuse Counsellor (YSAP)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
YMCA of Greater Toronto
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor: Youth
  • Crisis Intervention
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Peel Region
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-06-072019-06-21
Job Posting #0179

YMCA of Greater Toronto



Substance Abuse Counsellor (YSAP)

(Full Time Salaried Contract)

Effective: Immediately


Reports to: Director, Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP)

Location: Brampton


Why work for our Y?

YMCA of Greater Toronto aspires to be a great work place through an environment that embraces diversity and social inclusion, valuing differences and supporting full participation by all employees. The YMCA provides more than 6,000 employees with meaningful jobs and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of individuals and the health of our communities. The YMCA works to build healthy communities. This is achieved through a shared culture and values. We recognize the contributions of our staff through innovative practices, great benefits and growth opportunities.


Nature & Scope:

YMCA Employment and Community Programs provide a variety of employment, counselling, outreach, intervention, training and newcomer programs to youth and adults throughout the GTA.

YMCA Youth Substance Abuse program (YSAP) is part of the YMCA Employment and Community Programs which together provide a variety of employment and counselling programs to youth ages 14-24 throughout the GTA. It provides a variety of supports to homeless and street-involved youth in the GTA (Toronto and Peel region). Our Centres offer services including employment, housing, substance use, harm reduction, mental health and other related supports. We are a LGBTQ2S positive space where all sexual orientations and gender diversity are welcome and celebrated. These services and supports are provided directly by the YMCA of Greater Toronto and community partners. YSAP employs resiliency, recovery, harm reduction, trauma-informed, and other strengths-based frameworks within our service delivery.

The Substance Use Counsellor will provide individual substance use counselling to youth ages 14-24 that are at risk, including street involved youth, as well as community education to youth, parents, guardians and role models. The position delivers programs and provides counseling at multiple locations in Brampton/Caledon.



Provides brief solution focused and motivational interviewing counselling, case management and crisis intervention as needed, on and off site.

Conducts intakes, assessments, and referrals.

Delivers presentations to community youth agencies, schools, parents, professional and YMCA youth programs throughout the GTA.

Maintains accurate and up-to-date client case notes and files.

Maintains accurate and up-to-date statistics for YMCA use as well as the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Establishes connections and build relationships with other youth agency committees.

Raises awareness of YSAP services in the GTA area and within the YMCA.

Assists with continued program development.

Participates in volunteer supervision, staff meetings and professional development trainings as required.

Demonstrates appropriate behaviours in line with our Mission, Vision and Values as reflected in our YMCA competencies; takes a member focused approach to increase their understanding of programs offered across the Association. Represents the YMCA and the Association in a professional manner.

Understands the legal responsibilities and moral imperative to report suspected child abuse to Child Protection Services.

Understands the importance of the volunteer staff partnership and integrates the value of philanthropy and volunteerism in dealings with staff, volunteers and members.

Other duties as assigned.



  • B.S.W., B.A., College Counselling Diploma or other related degree/diploma
  • At least two years experience working with youth at risk
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of the substance use field, especially as it relates to youth at risk, homelessness, mental health, and harm reduction
  • Training certificate in LGBTQ2S and trans-positivity or related experience
  • knowledge and ability to integrate anti-oppression, critical disability, LGBTQ2S and trans-positivity, trauma, recovery approach in support to mental health and strengths-based principles into practice
  • Familiarity with the youth service agencies and youth resources in Toronto
  • Ability to speak a second language an asset
  • Embrace the YMCA Core Values of inclusiveness, caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize responsibilities
  • Ability to work in an efficient manner both independently and as part of a team
  • Well-developed interpersonal, and relationship building skills; ability to establish rapport and excellent communication with members, staff and volunteers
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Commitment to working in a socially inclusive environment responding with sensitivity and personal awareness to the diverse needs of members including visible and non-visible dimensions of diversity
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office and Power Point Presentations
  • Valid Ontario drivers license and daily access to a vehicle
  • Flexibility regarding assigned work schedule and locations, ability to regularly travel throughout the Greater Toronto Area
  • The position requires the following Core Association Competencies: superior competence in: Interpersonal Communications; advanced competence in: Relationship Building and Partnering; Teamwork and Collaboration; fundamental competence in: Ethics and Self-Management; Being Member Focused; Being Results Focused; Valuing Diversity and Social Inclusion.


Please send résumé and cover letter quoting  job posting #0179 by Friday, June 21, 2019 to: 

Nelson Borges

(Director, Youth Substance Abuse Program)

7 Vanauley St.

Toronto ON M5T 2V9

Fax: 416-603-7341



Job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check. Within the first four months and every three years thereafter, a Vulnerable Police Records Check is required.

The YMCA of Greater Toronto values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to excellence and inclusion in our Association.

We are committed to an environment that is barrier free. If you require accommodation at any stage during the hiring process, please inform us in advance to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation.


About the YMCA of Greater Toronto:

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a dynamic charity offering opportunities for personal growth, community involvement and leadership. Our 2010-2020 strategic plans Strong Start Great Future calls upon our Association to invest in young people across their life stages to deliver on our vision of ensuring our communities will be home to the healthiest children, teens and young adults. This community health strategy includes a significant role for adults and older adults.

Mirroring the region’s diversity, the YMCA offers a variety of programs responding to the needs of the community, including employment and essential skills, education, newcomer programs, youth outreach and intervention, fitness, sports and aquatics, international programs, child care and camps. 

When you support the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Annual Giving, you help us ensure more children, youth and young adults have the chance to be healthy… and so much more. We believe that by providing our children with a strong start, they will have a great future. And, ultimately, strong, healthy children mean strong, healthy communities in the GTA for the years to come.