Addictions Counselor

The Salvation Army
April 22, 2019
Halifax, Canada
Job Type
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Todd Leblanc:
Closing date
May 3rd, 2019
Street Address
2044 Gottingen Street


The Addictions Counsellor supports the Mission Statement of the Salvation Army. He / She will be actively engaged in the program with the clients / residents involving one to one sessions and group sessions. He/ She will support the Program Supervisor in dealing with the daily activities and issues related to the clients / residents in the program, as well as, advocate for clients / residents.



The incumbent is responsible for the following range of job duties characteristic, or typical of the job class:

  • Counsel clients / residents individually and in a group setting;
  • Develop and implement case management of assigned clients / residents.
  • Conduct initial and ongoing assessments, treatment plans, referrals and integration of requires services for addiction clients;
  • Refers clients to appropriate sources for the purpose of personal care, employment, education, practical everyday needs and other recovery needs;
  • May perform intake and discharge procedures for clients / residents as assigned;
  • Broad knowledge of addictions treatments and explanatory theories, homelessness, mental illness, and community resources;
  • Intervenes in crisis situations, relapse prevention, early intervention, follow-up, aftercare and provides addiction counselling as required
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Completion of University Degree – BSW or equivalent; and ICADC (International Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor) is preferred;
  • Must possess CCA (Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor);
  • Possessing a certification in clinical supervision substance abuse counselling- CCCS (Canadian Certified Clinical Supervisor) is an asset
  • Certified in Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is an asset;



The successful applicant will hold/have or be willing to obtain:

  • Current Certification in First Aid/CPR
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training



The incumbent must have the following experience before hire:

One to three years of prior related experience, including experience with direct counselling in an applicable social service field; in residential or supportive housing settings and addictions counselling experience


Working Conditions:                         40 Hours per week including;

                                                     One half hour unpaid lunch break

                                                       Two fifteen minute paid breaks                           


CLOSING DATE: Friday May 3, 2019

Please send your cover letter and resume in confidence to:

Hiring Committee

2044 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS B3K 3A9

Fax: 902-425-2363



Please note any offer of employment will be conditional upon a criminal background check.


The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable human rights legislation.   If you require a disability-related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.


We thank all applicants, however, only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.


If there is a competition number associated with this posting, please include within the subject line of your email, fax or regular mail correspondence.

The Salvation Army will accommodate candidates as required under applicable Human Rights Legislation. If you require a disability related accommodation during this process, please inform us of your requirements.

In accordance with The Salvation Army policy and legislated requirements, employment is conditional upon the verification of credentials and completion of a background check.

Internal Applicants: Please advise Department Heads of your intentions prior to submitting your application.

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