House of Friendship – Addiction Counsellor


At House of Friendship we believe in what we are doing. We get out of bed each day to make a difference in our community; to walk with and to serve. We are not happy with the status quo. We get energy from ongoing learning and growth. We lead with passion and believe without a doubt that everyone deserves to belong and thrive. We live and breathe our values of Compassion, Inclusion, Justice, Dignity and Hope. And we have fun!


Sounds pretty great doesn’t it? It is!


The Concurrent Supportive Housing (CSH) program aims to increase the health and quality of life of people facing problems with substance use and mental health by securing and maintaining permanent housing and providing individual support and counselling.

We are looking for a mature, energetic person who is committed to strength-based, person focused care to join our team as an Addiction Counsellor. This person will work as part of the staff treatment team within our Concurrent Supportive Housing program.


** This is a full-time, permanent position. Hours will be Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with one evening shift per week from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. **


Your key responsibilities include:

  1. Screening, Assessment, and intake
  2. Roster management and support coordination
  3. To provide support to maintain housing stability in permanent and transitional housing settings
  4. To provide support and counselling to maximize health
  5. Responsible for individual and group addiction and mental health recovery and/or harm reduction support/counselling for caseload
  6. Responsible for supporting program participants to utilize community resources
  7. Working in collaboration with other program staff internally (HOF) and externally (Thresholds Homes and Supports), checking phone messages and responding appropriately
  8. Responsible for working in a safe and healthy manner
  9. House of Friendship organization responsibilities


Your skills and experience include:

  1. University Degree in Counselling/Social Work or Nursing with professional certification/registration is required (RSW, RP)
  2. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required
  3. Ability to calmly assess complex situations and make appropriate decisions independently
  4. Sensitivity to and knowledge of issues relating to and impacting both men and women is required
  5. Knowledge of substance abuse, mental health and recovery issues is required
  6. Commitment to strength based and participant focused harm reduction approach
  7. Knowledge of community resources and provincial addiction treatment services
  8. Previous experience in addiction and/or mental health services and harm reduction is desired
  9. Current First Aid certificate or willingness to obtain at hiring
  10. Experience working within a not-for-profit and/or social services environment preferred
  11. Valid G class driver’s license and access to a vehicle required
  12. Desire and ability to work sensitively and effectively with people from various abilities, life situations and cultural backgrounds
  13. Commitment to understand and uphold the mission and values of House of Friendship is expected


If you are as passionate as we are about serving the community, let’s talk!


Please submit your resume and cover letter by August 9, 2019. 

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