Youth Addictions Counsellor

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor: Family / Group
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Counselor: Youth
Parental Leave Coverage - Part Time
  • Ontario - Halton Region - Oakville
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-10-172019-12-02

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 a Youth Addictions Counsellor in the Know the Deal program.

This position will be classified as 0.6FTE= 3days/week

Location: outreach across Halton; office base: Oakville

Term: contract starting mid December 2019-January 2021

SUMMARY: The Know the D.E.A.L. Program is a partnership program with the Halton District School Board (HDSB) and Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB). The incumbent delivers clinical services to clients by providing clinical assessments; maintains client records; develops and delivers educational and life skill group programming; provides statistical and anecdotal input for the evaluation of ADAPT programs as required; represents the Know the D.E.A.L. Program with community groups, as requested.


  • develops and delivers all Know The D.E.A.L. Program components
  • follows protocols contained in the Halton District School Board and Halton District Catholic School Board professional Services Agreements
  • develops and maintains all program materials, meeting the specific requirements of each community partner
  • provides program-related support and consultation to all community partners
  • responds to all inquiries regarding the program in a timely and effective manner
  • provides clinical and administrative intake services for all program clients
  • delivers the psycho-educational group programming, as required
  • conducts appropriate case management services
  • provides program-related support to any collateral participants (i.e. parents, special populations, community colleagues)
  • maintains accurate and complete clinical records and service tracking data according to guidelines established by ADAPT, the MOHLTC and/or the funding agency
  • represents the program and the agency through marketing/promotion
  • provides community awareness and education, as appropriate
  • supports the Director of Operations in providing program reports/statistics, as required by the United Way
  • attends ADAPT Youth Team Meetings and other meetings, as required
  • assesses clients’ need and may refer clients to other appropriate support services and agencies according to the clients’ needs
  • provides input into the operational and strategic planning related to ADAPT programs as required
  • assists in maintaining a high level of open and effective communications within the organization
  • provides other services according to the conditions of program funding
  • participates in committees as required
  • participates in performance evaluations as required
  • participates in clinical supervision sessions as required
  • participates in professional development activities as required

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to enter the position.


University degree/ College diploma in Social Work/ Social Service and/ or health-related field plus Addiction Studies certification, or equivalent combination of experience and education


Very strong interpersonal skills, attention to detail, very well organized, able to work independently as well as part of a team, and able to work effectively during periods of stress. Very strong sense of ethics and confidentiality.


Ability to communicate effectively with clients and employees at all levels within the organization. Strong listening skills. Ability to effectively present complex clinical information in writing and verbally. Ability to read and understand documentation such as operating instructions, procedures manuals and complex clinical reports.


Ability to deal effectively with challenges. Ability to apply understanding, based on experience, to carry out instructions given in written or oral form. Ability to analyze and resolve problems involving a large number of abstract and concrete variables.


Ability to use common office administration software, such as MS Office. Ability to learn and adapt to new computer software and applications.


Regular access to a dependable vehicle is required.


As ADAPT’s counselling services and programs evolve, clinical staff will be required to upgrade their skills and knowledge to keep pace with those changes. The employee in this position will be expected to take advantage of training opportunities, as 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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