Day Program Counsellor – Lawson Ministries

The Salvation Army
November 29, 2018
Hamilton, ON, Canada
Job Type
$18.00 per hour
Competition #
Interested applicants must respond in writing to
Mail: The Salvation Army Lawson Ministries Attention: Kirah Coulson-Gillespie, Shift Supervisor 533 Main St. East Hamilton On L8M 1H9. Fax: (905) 527-1377 or Email: Attention: Kirah Coulson-Gillespie, Shift Supervisor Please no phone calls.
Closing date
December 13, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.


This is a temporary full-time position based on 25 hours per week.

This temporary position is due to end on March 31, 2019; there may be a possibility of an extension. Schedule will vary according to requirements and responsibilities – evening and weekend work may be required. Shifts include a ½ hour paid meal break where applicable. Supervisor will set the hours of work and work schedule. Shifts can include the following: days, afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Normal location of work is at the 533 Main Street East STRIVE Day Program locations however other sites can also include the following:

1590 Main Street West – Residential site and 333 King Street East  - Various Community Residential or day program locations – sites to be determined based on the needs of the participants

Interested applicants must respond in writing with a cover letter and resume.

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


To promote an environment and programming is both supportive and nurturing by being involved in the planning and implementation of the Individualized Support Plans in conjunction with the STRIVE team members, other staff, professionals and families as required.

To assist the participants in meeting their emotional and psychological needs. Being involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of treatment/rehabilitation plans in conjunction with participants, team members, other staff and professionals, as well as the evaluation of such plans.

To have working knowledge of the application and maintenance of treatment procedures for each individual participant in your specific program.

To support the efforts made to meet participants' spiritual needs by way of demonstrated interest and participation in programming activities where necessary.

Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and social dynamics of working with developmentally and behaviourally challenged individuals.

To evaluate participant goals, outcomes and overall program effectiveness at regularly appointed intervals and revise program plans as necessary.

Working co-operatively with day program and when necessary residential team members in providing coordinated and consistent approaches to participants.

To endeavour to develop appropriate and therapeutic relationships with participants, exhibiting role model behaviour at all times.

Ensure the proper and accurate recording of all daily logs, shift reports, incident reports, etc.

Trained in medication dispensing, when necessary.

Responsible to assist with any type of client emergencies that may arise during the shift.

Responsible for transportation of clients to and from specific destinations, using program vehicles, when necessary.

To assist individuals in promote greater independence and strive towards the highest quality of living possible.

Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager, Program Coordinator – STRIVE or Executive Director.


Developmental Social Worker Diploma or equivalent in Human Services field.

Experience and training in FASD.  (must be verified i.e. copy of diploma or degree document)

A minimum of one (1) year of experience working with adults with developmental disabilities and vulnerable populations preferable in a residential or day program setting.

Computer experience with electronic scheduling and MS Office.

Current First Aid & Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation with Defibrillation training and Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification is required. (must be verified with copy of certificate).

Pharmacology training and experience in medication administration an asset.

Lift and transfer training and experience an asset.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Self-motivated and disciplined.

Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and social dynamics of working with developmental and behaviourally challenged individuals.

Valid Ontario Class “G” Driver’s licence, own vehicle and insurance; a copy of a current driver’s abstract that is acceptable to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion. is required

Provide an original copy of a Background Check with vulnerable sector screening that is satisfactory to The Salvation Army, in its sole discretion, is required.  The screening is secured either through the national Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) or through a local police detachment.

Screening through The Salvation Army Abuse Registry.

Support for and an understanding of mission and purpose of The Salvation Army in Canada.

NOTE: Alternative combinations of education and experience may be considered

Please include the competition # in the subject line of your email.

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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