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Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) provides addiction counselling services in York Region & South Simcoe.

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When you join ASYR, you will be joining a community with over 37 years of experience.

We help individuals, their families and communities with substance use and problem gambling addictions.

ASYR is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that hiring a talented and diverse team is the key to our success.

We are always interested in receiving resumes from qualified and committed candidates. Please submit your resume to careers@asyr.ca. Thank you!

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Nurse Practitioner (closes February 22, 2021)

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community-based addiction services organization with its main office located in Aurora, Ontario which provides 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 www.asyr.ca. 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. ASYR embraces a holistic, biological, psychological, social and spiritual approach to addiction. A holistic approach places the person at the centre. The agency uses a harm reduction approach in addiction treatment and equally respects individuals who choose abstinence or harm reduction.

Addiction Services for York Region is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to work as a Nurse Practitioner, within our Addictions Withdrawal Management Program. As a key leader in the Addictions Withdrawal Management Program at ASYR, the Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for the overall medical component of the agency’s Addiction Withdrawal Management Program as well as provide supports to the Wellness Collaborative and other agencies, as identified by ASYR.

This position will offer services throughout York Region, South Simcoe and North York and will work closely with the Wellness Collaborative, a collective of addiction service providers in York Region, South Simcoe and North York. This position works collaboratively to initiate and monitor opioid/controlled substance substitution therapy (Buprenorphine). This position will also provide additional support with voluntary withdrawal from alcohol and/or other drugs to individuals who are under the influence and/or in withdrawal or crisis. Services that are included will be routine medical consultation and medication management, including those related to pain, opioids, or clients being tapered from benzodiapines or narcotics.

This is a full-time permanent position for 35 hours per week, with up to two evenings per week. Weekend work may also be included.

The Nurse Practitioner in our Addictions Withdrawal Management Program will also work collaboratively to initiate and monitor alcohol anti-craving medications. This position will play a key role in assisting clients to develop a personalized plan toward stabilization, harm reduction and recovery, and will work collaboratively with the Addictions Withdrawal Management program staff (Case Management, Registered Practical Nurses, Addictions Counsellors and Peer Support Workers) and outside the Program (pharmacist, addictions physicians, hospital staff and interdisciplinary team members), as needed.

This position will provide short-term assessment, diagnosis, treatment and referrals typical of the work of a primary care provider until such time as stabilization is achieved and acquisition of a permanent primary care provider is determined. The Nurse Practitioner will promote overall harm reduction strategies such as dispensing Naloxone kits.

This position will provide nursing leadership and management to the agency’s nursing team, clinical supervision to the nursing team (individual and group supervision) and work collaboratively with the Leadership Team to develop, implement and evaluate the agency’s programs and services.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Clinical Services:

  • perform assessment, diagnosis, treatment, health education/counselling and other medical functions based on appropriate standards of practice
  • Prescribe and monitor substitution therapy and anti-craving medications for alcohol
  • Facilitate access to on and off-site addictions support staff and interdisciplinary team and programs, as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the addictions physicians and all referring sources
  • Provide education and clinical support to primary care providers to scale up expertise in addictions management organizationally

Residential Withdrawal Management Services:

  • Support individuals who are preparing to enter into residential services and provide more consistent care to individuals in need
  • Support community Primary Care Physicians (PCP) who are providing care to individuals preparing to enter into a residential treatment service
  • Improve the medical management of clients who are withdrawing from substances and need access to primary care and/or medications to manage the symptoms of withdrawal.

Mobile Withdrawal Management Services:

  • Implement a schedule of withdrawal management services within the former boundaries of the Central LHIN
  • Work closely with Wellness Collaborative partners and other community partners to offer withdrawal management services at or near their locations

Clinical Supervision:

  • Lead, manage and support the agency’s nursing team, and provide the nursing staff with clinical supervision, both individual and group
  • Act as interim primary care provider (including assessments, diagnosis, treatment, referrals and ongoing follow up) for those in the program without primary care until stable and/or ongoing primary care supports are in place

Equity & client-centred approach:

  • Work in a manner that is mindful of the whole person/community within a social context and impacted by social determinants of health.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Participate in program evaluation
  • Ensure clinical records are maintained, accurate and up to date on a consistent basis

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Valid Registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse in the Extended Class, RN(EC)
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate (COUPN or equivalent) required
  • Experience working effectively with communities/ individuals who face barriers accessing services and experience in approaching work from an equity lens
  • Demonstrated experience in Opioid/Alcohol Management/Harm Reduction preferred
  • Demonstrated excellent problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills with an ability to work effectively and respectfully in a collaborative, interdisciplinary team environment.
  • CNA certification in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing would be an asset
  • Liability protection under NPAO (or independently) required
  • 2 or more years’ experience in delivery of primary care preferred
  • Clinical experience in the mental health/addictions field would be a definite asset
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of people with mental illness and/or addiction
  • Excellent clinical skills and sound clinical judgment
  • Excellent organizational and communication (written and oral) skills
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership and team-building skills
  • Solid problem-solving, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Experience in policy development, program planning and evaluation would be an asset
  • Proficient in the use of IT systems and computers for word processing, email and data entry (Outlook, Excel, electronic client records)
  • Experience with OTN and telemedicine would be an asset
  • Comfortable providing virtual care, as required
  • Flexibility, tolerance for ambiguity and a good sense of humour are essential for this position
  • Excellent English communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to speak in both official languages, a definite asset
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation with appropriate insurance coverage
  • A successful Police Vulnerable Sector Check, as per agency policy and procedures

Please submit your cover letter and an updated resume by February 22, 2021, to careers@asyr.ca. In the subject line, please indicate YOUR NAME – NURSE PRACTITIONER.

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, and we encourage you to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to this role within your application. We are wholly committed to integration and to building a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and is given the opportunity to fully contribute, ensuring an equal employment environment without discrimination or harassment, while maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We remain 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 also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

WE WELCOME ALL APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER, ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.

Addictions Counsellor 2 - NGYH (closes February 21, 2021)

Addiction Services for York Region (ASYR) is a charitable, community based addiction services 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 www.asyr.ca. 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. ASYR embraces a holistic, biological, psychological, social and spiritual approach to addiction. A holistic approach places the person at the centre. The agency uses a harm reduction approach in addiction treatment and equally respects individuals who choose abstinence or harm reduction.

Addiction Services for York Region is seeking two highly motivated and energetic individuals for the position of Addictions Counsellor 2, working within a hospital Emergency Department setting North York General Hospital (NYGH) for a pilot project until March 31, 2021. The recruitment of these positions is contingent on the funding being approved by our funder.

Both Addictions Counsellor 2 positions will be at North York General Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) reporting to the Assigned Supervisor. They are full-time contract positions until March 31, 2021, 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.  Saturdays and Sundays). The incumbents will provide direct service to an assigned caseload of patients presenting with addictions and/or mental health concerns and their families in accordance with the agency’s guidelines, in the North York General Hospital’s Emergency Department. The hourly wage rate is $30.62.

The hours for each of the two positions will be as follows:

Position 1:
Sunday: 7 PM to 10 PM
Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM

Position 2:
Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Friday: 7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday: 1 PM to 10 PM

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Monitoring patient’s clinical status and engage them in their treatment
  • Providing timely feedback to their ED colleagues (nursing, medical, allied) when symptoms change
  • Communicating with community partners (ASYR, COTA) and/or NYGH Mental Health and Addictions (MH &A) outpatient colleagues to assist in providing a “warm transfer” for referred patients
  • Providing telephone support and follow up to all discharged patients post discharge from the ED
  • Supporting the patient during all phases of recovery from usage to abstinence.
  • Providing education to patients, families and significant others on various aspects of chemical dependency.
  • Completing patient documentation, workload measurements and data requirements in accordance with Hospital, Ministry of Health, CLHIN and departmental standards.
  • Responding to clinical crisis in an effective and efficient manner.
  • Assessing the level, pattern, and dynamics of the alcohol and/or substance use by an individual, as well as the patient’s overall functioning, including physical and mental health, and their social location including social status and support network dynamics
  • Evaluating specific aspects of the patient’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 patient and to referral sources, as required, with the patient’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 patient in reaching his/her goals and in addressing identified issues.
  • Providing systematic clinical intervention using multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, and direction of the patient’s functioning and situation in order to facilitate the development of specific insights and solutions.
  • Ensuring continuity of service to patients through a continuous process of service matching, co-ordination, outreach to resources frequently used by the patient population, referral, and follow-up
  • Ensuring counselling is conducted with an Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism (AOAR) framework and through an AOAR lens
  • Acting on behalf of and/or with the patient by representing the patient’s needs as required in order to both accomplish the patient’s goals and teach self-advocacy skills
  • Working with the patient and/or their family system/subsystem to develop or restore the patient’s natural support system
  • Establishing relationships with other community groups and relevant services that will support the patient’s functioning
  • Providing accessible casework services that are tailored to the local community’s needs within ASYR’s satellite offices.
  • Maintaining patient 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

Qualifications

  • 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
  • Certification in mental health and addictions
  • Extensive training and experience working with trauma
  • Experience working in a hospital setting preferred
  • Ability to do addiction assessments independently and provide comprehensive treatment planning and treatment to patients with addiction issues; GAIN-Q3 certification, a definite asset
  • Ability to facilitate psycho-educational and process groups to diverse patients with substance use issues
  • Ability to foster a strong therapeutic alliance with patients
  • Ability to assess and provide treatment through a strengths-based framework
  • Knowledge and experience in harm reduction strategies
  • 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: careers@asyr.ca by February 21, 2021. Please indicate in the subject line: YOUR NAME –ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR 2 – NYGH FT CONTRACT

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, and we encourage you to reflect upon the diversity you would bring to this role within your application. We are wholly committed to integration and to building a diverse, inclusive, accessible and respectful workplace where every employee has a voice and is given the opportunity to fully contribute, ensuring an equal employment environment without discrimination or harassment, while maintaining the independence of individuals and removing barriers to accessibility in the workplace. We remain 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 also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our HR representative of the accommodation measures required which would enable you to be interviewed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially. 

WE WELCOME ALL APPLICATIONS, HOWEVER ONLY THOSE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED.