Adult Addictions Counsellor

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Counselor: Family / Group
Full Time
  • Ontario - Halton Region
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-11-072019-12-16

ADAPT (Halton Alcohol Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention and Treatment Services) is one of the largest and most diversified treatment agencies in Ontario. We offer a full spectrum of services to clients experiencing concerns with addictions, mental health or concurrent disorders, as well as to their families and loved ones.

Become part of the ADAPT team; the team that makes a difference, supports its employees in their career development and creates a positive environment to work in.

We are hiring for an Adult Addictions Counsellor.

REPORTS TO: Adult Clinical Supervisor

LOCATION: one of the ADAPT offices (Halton Region, ON)

This position will be classified as a 1.0FTE, permanent.


Delivers clinical counselling services to Clients by providing clinical assessments and developing and implementing clinically sound treatment plans; maintains client records according to guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC); provides statistical and anecdotal input for the evaluation of ADAPT programs as required; represents ADAPT with community groups, as requested.


  • assesses client needs through the use of diagnostic tools and structured interviews
  • in consultation with the Client, develops an individual Treatment Plan for the Client
  • provides individual and/or group counselling to address the Clients’ needs
  • conducts group sessions as required
  • refers Clients to other appropriate support services and agencies according to the Clients’ needs
  • conducts appropriate case management services with respect to the Client’s treatment plan
  • provides consultative services to community agencies, professionals or individuals as required
  • maintains accurate and complete clinical records and service tracking data according to guidelines established by ADAPT, the MOHLTC and/or the funding agency
  • assists in the promotion of ADAPT and its programs to other agencies and the general public


  • Strong communication and active listening is required
  • Broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories, mental illness, and community resources.
  • 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
  • Active time management and scheduling
  • Proficiency with computer programs and electronic database(s)


  • University degree plus Addiction Diploma, or degree in health or social sciences with at least 2 years addiction experience.
  • 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.

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.

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