ADDICTIONS COUNSELLOR
Ministry of the Solicitor General
London, ON
Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of others? If so, consider this position with the Ministry of the Solicitor General at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre as an Addictions Counsellor.

Working with a diverse client population, you will enjoy relating to other professionals and teams within a structured correctional environment.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation package including:
  • A defined benefit pension plan
  • Maternity and parental leave top-up benefits
  • A comprehensive health and dental plan
  • Life and disability insurance
  • A progressive work environment that promotes work/life balance
  • Flexible learning and developmental opportunities including online, training and mentorship programs
  • Opportunities for career advancement and specialization
The Ontario Public Service has been chosen as one of:
  • Canada's Top 100 Employers
  • Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers
  • Canada's Best Diversity Employers
  • Canada's Greenest Employers
  • Top Employers for Canadians Under 40
What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:
  • Assist in the development of addiction counselling programs with Manager, Social Work and Rehabilitative Services
  • Provide rehabilitative addiction counselling services by working with individual or groups of offenders
  • Participate in case conferences, treatment planning meetings, discharge planning conferences, and contacting family members, to assist in the coordination of treatment of offenders within the institution
  • Participate as a member of the Methadone Treatment Program of the institution
  • Liaise with community agencies and self-help organizations, citizen's groups, business, industries, colleges and universities.
How do I qualify?
Specialized Knowledge and Experience
  • You have knowledge of current addiction counselling theories, practices and counselling techniques, substance abuse indicators, group/individual counselling strategies and referral network in the community
  • You are able to acquire and apply knowledge of correctional rehabilitative and discharge planning theories, practices and techniques, and counselling initiatives
  • You have knowledge of community agencies and resources to identify/arrange the appropriate support and discharge resources
  • You know program evaluation techniques to assess new/existing programs and recommend appropriate changes
  • You have demonstrated ability to understand and follow organizational policies in order to acquire knowledge of and comply with institutional and security policies and procedures as well as relevant legislation
  • Proficiency with computer software as well as databases to retrieve information (i.e. offender records system)
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • You can clearly convey information to offenders and the public
  • You have presentation skills to address community groups, students and volunteers
  • You have written communication skills to prepare brochures for distribution to the offenders and to prepare correspondence and reports
  • You have tact and diplomacy to handle requests or program complaints
Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
  • You can determine offender/program needs based on input from institutional staff and offenders
  • You have reasoning skills to assess suitability when screening applicants for the program
  • You can resolve issues or matters pertaining to offender participation
  • You have organizational skills to prioritize and manage workload
Additional Information:Address:
1 Permanent, 711 Exeter Rd, London, West Region, Vulnerable Sector Check, Credit History Check, Local Police Databases Search, PIP/NICHE/RMS
Compensation Group: Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Understanding the job ad - definitionsSchedule: 3.7
Category: Health and Social Services
Posted on: Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Note:
In accordance with the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Employment Screening Checks Policy (ESCP), the top candidate(s) may be required to undergo a security screening check. Refer to the above to determine the screening checks that are required for this position.

You will be responsible for obtaining the criminal record check at your own expense and provide it, along with your written consent, to the Transition and Security Office (TSO), Talent Acquisition Branch (TAB), HR Service Delivery Division (HRSDD) to evaluate the results. If applicable, the TSO, with your written consent, will request and obtain any additional employment screening checks that were not obtained directly by you. (Note: If a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check is required, it must also be obtained in person at your local police service).

A record under the Criminal Code and/or other federal offence record(s) does not automatically mean you will be ineligible for the position. The employment screening check(s) will only be reviewed and evaluated by the TSO for the purpose of making a security clearance decision. The details of an individual's employment screening check(s) will be considered in specific relation to the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Employment screening check records will be maintained by the TSO and kept strictly confidential.
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