Counsellor / Case Managers - Youth Withdrawal Management Program

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Peel Addiction Assessment and Referral Centre
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Case Management
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor: Family / Group
Full Time
  • Ontario - Peel Region
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-09-092019-09-22


PAARC is currently hiring full-time Counsellor / Case Managers for our newly funded Youth Withdrawal Management Program.  The program has a strong partnership with the William Osler Health System's residential Withdrawal Management Program.  Staff of both organizations will be expected to collaborate frequently, as well as with other organizations serving youth, including those serving people across the social determinants of health. 

We are seeking mature, confident, responsible, professional individuals to deliver high quality services to persons living with substance abuse, behavioural dependences, and co-occurring mental health issues, by providing comprehensive psychosocial and risk assessments, case management, individual and group counselling, and follow-up care.  Candidates must demonstrate exceptional professionalism, integrity, maturity and sound judgment, with a positive attitude. 

PAARC is a non-profit, community-based agency, providing a wide variety of services to persons with substance use and gambling concerns and those living with concurrent substance use and mental health concerns.  PAARC offers a strong person-centred philosophy, including a harm reduction approach, to a wide range of client populations, and partners with many other agencies to provide integrated care.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate strong professionalism with a high level of skill in understanding and working with the emerging adult's psychological development and needs, and have strong community development skills.

We have three full-time positions (35 hours per week) and one half-time position (17.5 hours per week) to complete the team.  Hours are from Monday to Friday, with occasional weekend work.  Day shift hours will be 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, with an unpaid hour meal break; afternoon shift will be 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with a half hour meal break.  This is a largley a community outreach position, with travel conducted in the communities of Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, and southwestern Etobicoke.  Shared office space in an open concept will be provided at either our east Mississauga and/or our Brampton office locations.


  • Conduct comprehensive psychosocial and risk assessments, using the GAIN Q3 standardized assessment or other applicable assessment tools as may be determined by the partnership
  • Prepare comprehensive, appropriate treatment plans tailored to the needs of the client
  • Provide coordinate care to family members and significant others
  • Contribute to the ongoing planning of program components
  • Provide supportive counselling, both individual and group, case management, and follow-up care
  • Develop and maintain strong professional relationships with primary care, other community service organizations across the continuum of care, and with organizations that support the social determinants of health
  • Maintain excellent and timely documentation, files, and related reports and data entry
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and other related meetings
  • Conduct and participate in case conferences and service resolution meetings
  • Maintain up-to-date information on community resources


  • Minimum of a Bachelor level degree in a related field, from an accredited educational institution
  • Demonstrated work or volunteer experience, preferably with persons living with substance use and concurrent disorders
  • Demonstrated understanding of the psychological needs of youth as emerging adults
  • Excellent knowledge of substance use and co-occurring mental health issues
  • Understanding of the social determinants of health
  • Strong assessment and engagement skills
  • Strong case management and supportive, evidence-based counselling skills
  • Knowledge of various philosophies regarding substance use, with a balanced approach
  • Strong communication and critical thinking skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team context
  • Proficient with Windows-based computer systems and databases
  • Intermediate language skills in French or other languages is an asset
  • Ability to work in multiple office and community settings, in shared space and artificial lighting
  • Current police record check for working with vulnerable populations is required
  • Reliable and efficient transportation is required to work in the community

PAARC is an equal opportunity employer.  We invite applications from qualified candidates from diverse populations groups.

All applications must include a covering letter, clearly describing suitability for the position.  Please quote job number PAARC0919.  The closing date for applications is ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­September 22, 2019, at 4:00 pm.

PAARC provides availability of accommodations for disabilities, where needed, to support applicants’ participation in our recruitment process.  To inquire about accommodations, please call 905-629-1007, extension ‘227’.

We thank all applicants; however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.  PAARC uses the services of an external organization to support our recruitment efforts; applicants may be contacted by a representative of The Healthy Futures Group for a telephone interview.

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