Job Posting 88100

Residential Counsellor
St. Leonard's Community Services
Hamilton area
Brantford ON
closed 5 days ago (Fri, 30 Sep)
part time  •  Hourly wage: Starting at $21.81 per hour plus a $1 per hour shift premium.


St. Leonard’s Community Services Brantford has been an established part of the community for more than 50 years, and is accredited for our excellence in serving children, youth, adults, and families.

Our Values

These aren’t just “lip-service” to us – we work and live by them.  If you do, too, we want to talk to you!

  • Inclusive – we value everyone and their unique perspectives and journeys
  • Compassionate – we care about our clients, our staff, partners, and the communities we serve
  • Collaborative – we work together to support our clients and community
  • Integrity – we hold ourselves accountable and are fair, trustworthy, and dedicated to our mission to empower people to achieve their vision of independence, health, and wellbeing
  • Innovative – we are open to change and continuous improvement
  • Genuine – we are honest, respectful, and authentic with our clients, each other, and our partners
  • Optimistic – we believe that everyone can accomplish their goals


Withdrawal Management and Treatment Services (WMTS) part time staff provide support to individuals accessing service within our Withdrawal Management and Treatment Services programs. This includes an 18-bed facility (7 withdrawal management beds for any gender and 11 men’s residential treatment beds) and a 10-bed residential treatment facility for women. This part time position will be assigned to our women’s residential treatment program.  Staff are responsible for supporting individuals making changes to their substance use, with longer-term goals for their recovery.  Your role is to facilitate psychoeducational programs that enhance skills and support recovery, run recreational or social activities to engage and support clients, and provide in the moment support for clients in our program.

In addition to supporting clients within the facility, the Agency’s 24/7 crisis line is responded to at the women’s treatment program between midnight and 8 am.  During night shifts in that facility, staff respond to crisis line calls and provide supportive listening, coping skills coaching, and safety planning for those who reach out for support.  This is a great opportunity to make a difference!

As a part-time WMTS staff, you will:

  • Deliver brief, solution-focused interventions
  • Support implementation of client support and transition plans
  • Provide individual or group psychoeducation to enhance client motivation to change and support their recovery
  • Engage in safe administration of medications prescribed by our Nurse Practitioner
  • Confidently redirect client behaviour when required, to ensure a physically and emotionally safe space for all
  • Be responsive and compassionate to clients within the program, and those who access the crisis line
  • Answer and document all crisis line calls appropriately
  • Support safe and effective facility functioning through light cleaning and meal preparation

Hours of work: A variety of 8- and 12-hour shifts, days, afternoons, and nights, are available, with most shifts being Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.  Part-time staff have regularly scheduled shifts and are also expected to be available for occasional call-ins.

Training: Initial comprehensive training related to all aspects of the role, as well as access to ongoing professional development.

A note about COVID-19:  Our Agency is committed to the safety of staff. We are following Public Health guidance on precautions regarding use of Personal Protective Equipment, screening of staff and clients, physical distancing, cleaning, hand hygiene, and testing.  If you are selected for an interview, we will answer any questions you may have on the precautions currently in place.


Hourly wage: Starting at $21.81 per hour plus a $1 per hour shift premium for any overnight or weekend shifts.  Starting salary commensurate with experience.  

The Perks

  • A Fitness Benefit for gym memberships, exercise equipment and lessons for various physical activities for all staff and their families
  • An Employee Assistance Plan for all staff and their families
  • Paid Time Off for all staff
  • Fun events for all staff
  • Participation in RSP/TFSA plans for all staff, with Agency pension match for Full Time and eligible Part Time staff
  • Group health, vision, dental and travel insurance plans where premiums are 100% paid by the Agency
  • An Agency committed to ensuring your physical and mental health/safety is paramount 


  • College diploma or certificate in the Human/Social Services field (i.e., Human Service Worker, Social Service Worker, Addiction Care Worker)
  • Minimum of 1-year combined education/experience in substance use, concurrent disorders and/or mental health settings, with residential experience preferred (one year of recent experience in management of withdrawal from substances is preferred)
  • Proficient in MS Office and be familiar with databases
  • Access to reliable transportation
  • Able to manage frequent exposure to vicarious traumatic stress
  • Provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19

Start date: As soon as possible

St. Leonard’s Community Services Inc. is committed to implementing the Calls to Action framed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  We acknowledge that we live and work on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wyandot, the Haudenosaunee, and some of the Ojibwa Nation.  The territory is mutually covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this territory.  We also acknowledge that the settler population has been able to benefit from this beautiful land.  We are all treaty members and will strive to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and center their voices.

The Agency values the diverse and intersectional identities of its clients and staff.  The Agency regards equity and diversity as an integral part of excellent community service and is committed to accessibility for all staff.  The Agency seeks applicants who embrace our values and beliefs around respect for the dignity and diversity of our clients, staff, and community.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as First Nations, Métis, and/or Inuit/Inuk, Black, racialized, a person with a disability, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The Agency encourages applications from all qualified individuals.  If you are an applicant with disabilities and require accommodations, please let us know at the time of our contact so that we may arrange for their provision.

Personal information submitted will only be used for the purposes of the competition in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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