Ray of Hope

Addiction Counsellor (Residential Treatment) (BB-FCCDE)

Found in: Neuvoo Bulk CA


Through our Youth Addiction Services program, Ray of Hope is about helping youth and families affected by addiction become healthy adults through holistic, safe, trauma sensitive treatment services.  We help young people understand themselves, address the challenges they are experiencing, and grow their executive function skills, so they can deal with life in healthier ways.

Ray of Hope is currently hiring for a full-time, Addiction Counsellor to join our Youth Addiction Services team to start as soon as possible.

Overview: The Addiction Counsellor works directly with the youth in the residential program, providing prime worker functions, including counselling and psychotherapy within his/her scope of practice[1] to participants in the context of a therapeutic community milieu. S/he also provides leadership to life skills training, and plans & participates in recreational, community service and some educational activities.  He/she participates in treatment planning in conjunction with the program's manager/supervisor. This position requires shift work – days and afternoons.

Values and Competencies: In order to be successful in this position, incumbents must uphold, support, and implement Ray of Hope's Mission, Vision and Core Values.  The incumbent must display integrity, compassion, respect, professionalism, engagement, and reliability in addition to the following competencies:

  • Problem Solving - analyzes complex issues to develop approaches or solutions that are considered forward thinking and best practice, in collaboration with supervisors and colleagues.
  • Decision Making – is able to adapt decision making based on circumstances or when presented with unclear information.
  • Adaptability - continuously adapts behaviours and approaches to address specific situations.
  • Communication -adapts communication (written, oral and interpersonal) to respond to audience or situational requirements.
  • Planning and Organizing - responds to needs by effectively managing priorities and responsibilities and develops plans for the program.
  • Team Work  – encourages others to participate in team activities, ensures teams are working effectively.
  • Networking & Relationship Building – builds on current working relationships while building new ones.
  • Developing Others - shares his/her expertise with other and actively engages in supporting others' skill development.
  • Conflict Management - is able to anticipate and address potential sources of conflict
  • Critical Thinking - is able to gather and analyze information using past experience, organizational practices and processes in order to set a course of action.
  • Psychotherapy whereby formal training and competency in assessment and treatment meet the entry to practice profile (https://www.crpo.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/RP-Competency-Profile.pdf) for psychotherapists and social workers in the Province of Ontario, as applied to individual and group work, in the context of client-centered, trauma informed practice in a therapeutic community.


  • · Education:
    • Bachelor degree in a field relevant to psychotherapy plus 2 years of youth and addiction experience, or
    • College diploma (two or three years/post-diploma) in a field relevant to psychotherapy (e.g. Addiction Counselling, Child & Youth Work, Social Service Worker) and two years of youth and addiction experience
  •    Experience:
    • A minimum of two (2) years of experience in providing treatment to individuals (youth preferred) related to addiction and/or trauma or moderate mental health challenges
  • Member in good standing of an appropriate regulatory body that provides access to the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy (i.e. CRPO, OCSWSSW, etc)


  • Police Records Check, including a screening with the vulnerable sector.
  • Medical Form
  • Valid “G” Class Driver's licence
  • Ministry of Transportation 3-Year Driving Record

Working Conditions:

  • Constant standing (33%), sitting (33%) and walking (33%).
  • Frequent use of mental capabilities and concentration.
  • Possible exposure to hazards such as harassment, physical or verbal aggression or aggressive behaviours, witness to harassment or violence, and similar variables
  • Possible risk of vicarious trauma.
  • Infrequent exposure to environmental hazards, including Hot/Cold and regular environmental variables
  • This position requires the person to consistently work with and around others.
  • This position will require to individual to work a rotation of daytime and afternoon shifts which will include weekend hours.
  • Physical Demands:
    • Often required to ascend or descend stairs.
    • Rarely required to stoop
    • Rarely required to kneel
    • Rarely required to reach above shoulders
    • Sometimes required to reach below shoulders
    • Must have the skill to verbally de-escalate crises and to practice basic self-defense in an unpredictable environment.

[1] Scope of practice refers to practicing counselling and/or psychotherapy within the limits of one's training, knowledge and job function.  When one is working outside one's established skill base, then regular consultation and/or supervision of this work is required.

To apply for this position, please submit a Resume and Cover Letter to https://ray-of-hope.breezy.hr as soon as possible.   We would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  Please note that this posting will remain active until it is filled.

 For a complete Job Description, please contact Human Resources.

In accordance with the AODA, accommodations are available for all parts of the recruitment process. If you require accommodations, please contact Human Resources and submit your requests with your application.

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