Counselor/ Case manager
Peel Addiction Assessment and Referral Centre
Mississauga, ON

PAARC is seeking mature, confident, responsible, professional individuals to join our team. We have two positions to support programs in partnership with Services and Housing in the Province (SHIP) as the lead agency.

  • Home for Good Program -- This position will support participants in the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program who present with homelessness or are at risk of homelessness to secure safe, affordable, appropriate and permanent housing. This position will also include addiction consultation with other service providers included in the Home for Good program. This position requires travel around the communities of Mississauga and Brampton, and attendance at the Brampton Court House every Friday. Some travel to Caledon may be required. Shared office space will be provided in the offices of SHIP.
  • Safe Beds Program -- This position will support persons using Safe Beds who present with substance use, behavioural dependencies, and concurrent disorders. This position requires travel around the communities of Mississauga and Brampton, with on-site support at the Safe Beds location. Shared office space will be provided in the offices of SHIP.

Under the supervision of the Clinical Supervisor, the Counsellor/Case Managers will ensure the delivery of high quality services to those living with substance use and co-occurring mental health issues and chronic homelessness by providing orientation and psycho-educational group sessions, assessments, case management, individual and group counselling, and follow-up care.

PAARC is a non-profit, community-based agency, providing a wide variety of services to persons with substance abuse and gambling concerns, and those living with concurrent substance use and mental health concerns. PAARC offers a person-centred philosophy, including a harm reduction approach, to a wide range of client populations, and partners with many other agencies to provide integrated care.

This position offers a 35-hour work week, Monday to Friday, and includes competitive benefits. Hours of work will be Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or such hours as is determined by the partnership. Some evening work may be required.

These positions are part of the Home for Good program and the Safe Beds programs, lead by SHIP. The successful candidates will work closely with the teams supporting each program, with PAARC's existing team, and with partner agencies and funders, and will aid in the ongoing development of the programs. These are busy positions in a fast-paced environment.


  • Coordinate and participate in the direct clinical care of clients in the respective programs
  • Identify and engage with persons who are in need of services
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment for substance use/misuse/abuse and concurrent disorders, using appropriate tools, as determined by the substance abuse field (GAIN Q3 MI ONT.)
  • Conduct comprehensive housing assessments using evidence-based housing screening tools, to determine housing needs of the participants
  • Actively support participants to seek appropriate, stable and permanent housing
  • Conduct risk and psychosocial assessments, using appropriate tools, to determine eligibility of applicants to the program
  • Provide consultation to service providers and/or clients within the programs
  • Provide orientation and psycho-educational sessions, assessment, ongoing case management, individual and group counselling, and follow-up care, dependent upon the support needs of the program
  • Prepare comprehensive, appropriate treatment plans tailored to the needs of the client
  • Provide coordinated care to family members and significant others
  • Contribute to the ongoing planning of the program components and to the program evaluation
  • Maintain excellent and timely documentation, files, and related reports and data entry
  • Attend weekly program meetings and service delivery meetings
  • Attend and participate in team meetings and other related meetings
  • Conduct case conferences and participate in service resolution meetings
  • Maintain up-to-date information on community resources


  • Bachelor level degree in a related field, from an accredited educational institution
  • Three to five years of experience, preferably working with persons living with addiction issues
  • Excellent knowledge of substance abuse and co-occurring issues
  • Strong assessment and engagement skills
  • Strong case management and supportive, evidence-based, trauma-informed counselling skills
  • Knowledge of various philosophies regarding substance use, with a balanced approach
  • Exceptionally strong practice of professional ethics, boundaries, and accountability
  • Strong communication and critical thinking skills
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team context
  • Proficient with Windows based computer systems and databases
  • Ability to work in multiple office and community settings, in artificial lighting
  • Current police record check for working with vulnerable populations is required

PAARC is an equal opportunity employer. We invite applications from diverse population groups.

All applications must include a covering letter, clearly describing suitability for the position. Please quote job number CDHC002. To be considered, applications must be submitted by 4:00 pm on September 20, 2019.

PAARC provides availability of accommodations for disabilities, where needed, to support applicants’ participation in our recruitment process. To inquire about accommodations, please call 905-629-1007, extension ‘227’.

We thank all applicants; however, only those to be interviewed will be contacted. PAARC uses the services of an external organization to support our recruitment efforts; applicants may be contacted by a representative of The Healthy Future Group for a telephone interview.

Job Type: Full-time