Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a non-profit, community based counselling organization located in Aurora, Ontario, which supports change in the lives of individuals, their families and communities related to substance use and problem gambling. We take pride in our leadership and expertise in addictions in the community, and we recognize that an organization is known by the people it employs.

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ASYR believes that attracting and retaining the best talent is the key to continued success, and we are committed to excellence in the services we provide throughout York Region. Every employee’s role in our organization is crucial and we value and trust our staff in their diverse abilities and extensive knowledge in the field of addictions and mental health. We invite you to join our committed team as we continue to evolve as innovators and educators, and as a workplace of choice.

ASYR is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace, and to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. Accommodation is available upon request, throughout the recruitment process.

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Addictions Counsellor 2 (2 positions)

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community based counselling organization with its main office located in Aurora, Ontario and providing services in York Region, South Simcoe and some parts of Toronto. ASYR unites to offer hope and promote recovery through outstanding service and innovation. Information about our agency programs can be found at Addiction Services for York Region takes pride in its passion for client service. Each day presents new opportunities to demonstrate leadership and expertise in addictions to the community.

Addiction Services for York Region is seeking two highly motivated and energetic individuals for the position of Addictions Counsellor 2. One position will focus on serving individuals 25 years of age and up, and one position will focus on serving women who are pregnant or parenting young children.

Both positions will be in the Aurora office location (or other satellite office locations), reporting to the Assigned Supervisor. These are full time permanent positions, for 35 hours per week, with a minimum of two evenings per week, providing services throughout York Region. Weekend work is also expected (i.e. some Saturdays). The incumbents will provide direct service to an assigned caseload of clients presenting with addictions and/or mental health concerns and their families in accordance with the agency’s guidelines. The hourly wage rate is $30.32.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing the level, pattern, and dynamics of the alcohol and/or drug use by an individual, couple, or family as well as the client’s overall functioning including; social systems, general health, and psycho/social status
  • Evaluating specific aspects of the client’s functioning by using tools and processes designed for specialized assessment purposes
  • Developing a treatment plan and selecting appropriate treatment strategies on the basis of information gathered through the assessment processes
  • Providing either written or verbal information regarding the assessment findings and the case formulation to the client and to referral sources, as required, with the client’s consent
  • Redirecting individuals whose assessed needs cannot be met on a short-term, outpatient basis to appropriate specialized programs
  • Providing consultation and problem-solving assistance to professional colleagues and members of the community
  • Developing and implementing a formal, systematic, and ongoing goal setting process
  • Providing skills teaching in selected areas of functioning attendant to rehabilitation for substance abuse
  • Supporting and guiding the client in reaching his/her goals and in solving selected, practical problems
  • Providing systematic interpretation and direction of the client’s functioning and situation in order to facilitate the development of specific insights and solutions
  • Providing appropriate clinical intervention and counselling to agency clients
  • Ensuring continuity of service to clients through a continuous process of service matching, co-ordination, outreach to resources frequently used by the client population, referral, and follow-up
  • Acting on behalf of and/or with the client by representing the client’s needs as required in order to both accomplish the client’s goals and teach self-advocacy skills
  • Working with the client and/or their family system/subsystem to develop or restore the client’s natural support system
  • Establishing relationships with other community groups and relevant services that will support the client’s functioning
  • Facilitating group casework meetings that are consistent with program services and goals
  • Providing accessible casework services that are tailored to the local community’s needs and participating in inter-agency committee work at selected satellite offices
  • Maintaining client records including case notes, assessments, treatment plans, service delivery logs and discharge summaries
  • Educating community agencies and professional groups, as assigned
  • Participating in in-house peer consultation/supervision and staff training programs 


  • A minimum Bachelor’s degree in one of the sciences or a health related discipline, with a considerable knowledge of substance abuse issues working with adults/youth
  • Member or member in progress with one of the regulatory colleges under the Regulated Health Professionals Act ex: College Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario; Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Minimum 2 years of addictions counselling experience
  • Extensive training and experience working with trauma
  • Significant knowledge and experience in varieties of counselling models including systemic intervention models
  • Ability to do addiction assessments independently and provide comprehensive treatment planning and treatment to clients with addiction issues; GAINS Q3 certification, a definite asset
  • Ability to facilitate psycho-educational and process groups to diverse clients with substance use issues
  • Ability to foster a strong therapeutic alliance with clients
  • Ability to assess and provide treatment through a strengths-based framework
  • Knowledge and experience in harm reduction strategies
  • Ability to facilitate psycho educational and process groups to diverse clients with substance use issues
  • Excellent organizational and administrative skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • A working knowledge of data management systems (Catalyst preferred)
  • Strong English communication skills, verbal and written
  • The ability to provide services in both English and French a definite asset
  • A valid driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle
  • A successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check, as per agency policy and procedures

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter detailing what interests you about this opportunity and experience you have that sets you apart from others to: by May 17, 2020. Please indicate in the subject line: JP #: 2020.13FTYOUR NAME – ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR 2.

The process we will undertake to recruit for this role includes:

  • Initial screening of resumes and covering letters
  • Those who are successful in moving through the initial screening process, will be asked to participate in a brief telephone interview
  • Those who are successful in the telephone interview will be asked to attend a face-to-face interview to gain a better understanding of the role, as well as, provide you the opportunity to discuss how your experience fits well with this opportunity.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applications from diverse individuals who self-identify on the basis of any of the protected grounds under the Human Rights Code. We are committed to integration and maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We are committed to full compliance with the Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and all other applicable legislation.

ASYR is committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2 persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. Applicants who require special accommodation in order to complete their application/interview are encouraged to contact our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which will enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.