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Job Number:  39642
Addiction Outreach Counsellor (With A Community Development Focus
Job Posted: Friday, 10 November 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 24 November 2017
(60 days ago)
Jean Tweed Centre
Region: Toronto Metro area Type: Full time
Location: Toronto Salary: (not entered)

The Pathways to Healthy Families Program works within communities across the GTA to build capacity among existing service providers to identify and work with pregnant and parenting women with substance use problems and their children through the coordination and development of services that address both maternal addiction problems and the mother-child relationship.  Counsellor will work primarily within the Etobicoke/Rexdale area.


The individual hired for this position will:

  • Develop the capacity for collaboration and provision of effective supports/interventions to pregnant and parenting women and their children in relationship to addictions and early childhood development through training, consultation and coordination.
  • Liaise with existing pregnancy/parent outreach services to promote seamless and integrated services for women and their children.
  • Provide individual/group counseling, case management and referral to pregnant and parenting women with substance use concerns in collaboration with existing service providers.
  • Provide support in collaboration with early childhood development workers for women and children to promote the healthy development of children.
  • Participate in existing community and service networks.
  • Workload data entry is a job requirement.



  • A minimum of two years experience in the field of addictions.
  • Familiarity and commitment to neighborhoods in the community.
  • Skill at developing and establishing working relationships with community partners.
  • Experience working in community-based settings and familiarity with a community development approach.
  • Experience providing counseling, case management and outreach services to individuals who are experiencing or have experienced substance use and mental health issues.
  • Experience working from a Harm Reduction perspective.
  • Experience working with high needs/risk pregnant and parenting women.
  • A working knowledge of the Child & Family Services Act.
  • Experience working with parents and children with special attention to the development of infants/children.
  • Ability to work independently with minimum day to day supervision.
  • Ability to work as a member of an outreach team.
  • Valid Driver's Licence and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written), combined with computer literacy.
  • Bachelor level education or the equivalent combination of education and experience.  Master’s degree preferred.


Statement of Inclusion:
The Jean Tweed Centre recognizes and values the rich diversity of Canadian society and specifically the women, children and families that we serve. We are committed to working from an inclusive and holistic anti-oppression framework to assist women and their families from various cultures, racialized groups, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities. The Jean Tweed Centre welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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