Transitional Aged Youth Addictions Counsellor (Intensive Addictions Case Manager)

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
  • Community Outreach
  • Case Management
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Counselor: Youth
Parental Leave Coverage - Full Time
  • Ontario
  • Ontario - Halton Region
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-01-292019-02-25

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.


Transitional Aged Youth Counsellor (Intensive Addictions Case Manager)


1.0FTE, temporary (18months)


Halton Outreach 

SUMMARY: Delivers clinical services to Transitional Aged Youth (TAY), ages 16 – 24, by providing clinical assessments and developing and implementing clinically sound treatment plans. This position provides intensive case management support in an outreach model of service.  The counsellor works directly/cooperatively with the ADAPT TAY Manager and team as well as with TAY Project Partners and a wide range of service providers, to increase service integration for transitional aged youth.



  • provides specialized assessments to Transitional Aged Youth, or to collateral clients associated with the youth, through the use of diagnostic tools and structured interviews; GAIN certification is an asset;
  • in consultation with the Client, develops an individual Treatment Plan for the Client;
  • provides individual, couples, family and/or group counselling to address the Clients’ needs;
  • conducts group sessions as required. DBT skills training is an asset;
  • refers Clients to other appropriate support services and agencies according to the Clients’ needs, with specific attention to supporting referrals between youth and adult mental health and addictions services;
  • participates in multi-agency TAY consultations and all related TAY committees;
  • conducts appropriate follow up with respect to the Client’s treatment plan;
  • provides consultative services to community agencies, professionals or individuals as required;
  • maintains accurate and complete client records according to guidelines established by the MOHLTC or the funding agency;
  • assists in the promotion of ADAPT and its programs to other agencies and the general public;
  • participates in meetings as required;
  • 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 community education and public awareness initiatives as required, with specific focus on items related to TAY clients and services;
  • participates in performance evaluations as required;
  • participates in clinical supervision sessions as required;
  • participates in professional development activities as required;



  • Broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories, mental illness, and community 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 and employees 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 in a related field plus Addiction Studies certification;
  • At least 2 years working experience with youth and young adults in the area of addictions or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • GAIN certification and DBT skills training are all considered assets;
  • 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.

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