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Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

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Author pmnationtalk
Date October 16, 2018
Type Full Time
Company Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
Location London, ON
Category Business / Management
Client Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre
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Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

Location: London, Ontario
Status: 1 x Full-time and 1 x Full-time contract (approximately 1-year with possibility of extension)
Posting Date: October 12, 2018

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) is a diverse, dynamic, multiservice Indigenous health and wellness agency.  We strive to provide quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. SOAHAC provides services to Indigenous people including those who live on and off reserve, status, non-status, Inuit, and Metis within the Southwest and Erie St Clair regions.  SOAHAC has a mandate of ensuring that health services are accessible, of high quality, and are culturally appropriate. It is SOAHAC’s objective to build health care capacity within Indigenous communities.  Currently, we are seeking the services of two (2) Mental Health & Addictions Counsellors to join our interdisciplinary staff team to work at our London site.

Reporting to the Integrated Care Manager, the Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor is responsible for providing effective and comprehensive assessments, counselling and case management for Indigenous people who are living with mental health and substance use issues. This role will be part of an interdisciplinary care team and will also be expected to work and partner with external service providers”


Minimal requirements for education, knowledge and experience:

  • MSW preferred; BSW or a Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline required
  • Post Graduate Addictions degree or diploma or equivalent experience preferred
  • Knowledge of FNIM Traditional Teachings, Culture, Values and History, including intergenerational trauma
  • Three to five years of experience working with the Indigenous community using a wholistic model to incorporate traditional beliefs, values and culture-based practices into the therapeutic work to promote wellness and healing
  • Three to five years of experience in working with mental health, including providing trauma informed care, and grief counselling, and
  • Three to five years of experience in working with substance and/or behavioural addictions, including: concurrent disorders, stages of change, motivational interviewing, harm reduction and relapse prevention
  • Knowledge of and ability to use structured screening, assessment, and treatment tools.
  • Experience in the delivery of both individual and group counseling using evidence informed approaches
  • Knowledge and understanding of services available to FNIM people in the London area and in nearby First Nation communities
  • Superior case management skills
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proficient time management, organizational and computer skills
  • Demonstrated communication skills, interpersonal skills, and professionalism.
  • Travel required to SOAHAC sites as necessary
  • Required to participate in Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, teachings and ceremonies.
  • Clean and current vulnerable sector police check
  • Valid government issued driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle


  • Provide or facilitate the provision of services through a culturally based framework
  • Complete screening and comprehensive assessments for issues related to mental health, substance and behavioural addictions
  • Develop wholistic, patient centered, individualized treatment plans
  • Facilitate individual and group counseling sessions focused improved health and wellness using evidence based therapeutic techniques
  • Coordinate access and referrals to local community resources
  • Collect, monitor and maintain detailed records on individuals and groups
  • Provide comprehensive and effective case management for participants
  • Consistently work in collaboration with SOAHAC’s Integrated team
  • Act as a subject matter expert and consultant to SOAHAC’s Integrated team
  • Perform ongoing evaluation and improvements to programing and client outcomes
  • Partner with community providers to deliver health and wellness activities as appropriate
  • Represent SOAHAC at community events
  • Provide outreach as required, i.e. attend home and/or hospital visits

This job may require additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre.

These positions are based on annual funding; one is full-time and one (1) is a full-time contract position @ 35 hours per week for approximately 1-year with a possibility of extension.  Salary is competitive and subject to experience and funding. Comprehensive benefit and pension package included.

SOAHAC values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer; however hiring preference will be given to qualified Indigenous applicants.  SOAHAC is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require accommodation to apply or if selected to participate in an assessment process, please advise Human Resources.

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your cover letter, resume, and names and contact information of 3 professional references (minimum two references from a supervisor or manager) to:

Subject line: Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor, London

Or mail to:    Attention:      Anna-Marie Evans

Human Resources Manager

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre

425 – 427 William Street,

London, ON N6B 3E1

Closing Date: October 26, 2018

Please visit Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre online at: or like us on to learn more about us!

We thank all those for applying but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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