Name of agency: Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS)
Website Title: PCHS
Position type: Full Time Permanent
Additional comments:

About Position:

This position will help ‘boost access to community based withdrawal management services and addictions programs to ensure clients with opioid addictions have access to holistic supports that address the underlying factors leading to addiction’. This position will provide counselling, and outreach to increase access to additional community-based services.


Addiction’s Counsellor will provide services to individuals with opioids addiction and improve the responsiveness of the health care system to opioids addiction. Responsibility of this position will be to provide brief intervention, lifestyle and personal counselling to assist clients to develop skills and manage opioids addiction/substance abuse and related problems, and/or maintain and enhance care plan. This is a mobile position, services will be provided in office setting and within the community as per service recipients’ needs.  

Years of experience required: 5 years
Application deadline: 30.10.2017
About the agency:

Punjabi Community Health Services (PCHS) is a pioneer community based not for profit, charitable organization. PCHS has been fulfilling needs of the diverse communities for the past 27 years by providing services in the areas of addictions, mental health, geriatric, health promotion, domestic violence, parenting, settlement and services for women, children and youth. PCHS has a number of research studies to its credit and is recognized as an innovative organization for community development and for its Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model. PCHS is accredited by Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International and Imagine Canada.

Job Posting # ADD-CM-012/2017-18 

Report to: Supervisor, Addictions Program

  • One to one interventions including client engagement, assessment, developing a care plan, engaging in treatment, follow up and linking to appropriate resources
  • Brief intervention, lifestyle and personal counselling to assist the clients to develop skills to manage substance abuse and related problems
  • PCHS works from a family centered approach and the Counsellor will engage the family in the treatment of the client (where possible)
  • Use harm reduction approach, guided self-change, relapse prevention, link to primary care if needed, follow up and after care
  • Provide mobile services by reaching out to clients at: shelters, truck & taxi stands, and religious places
  • Consider the issues and needs of the entire family
  • Documentation and database management
  • Responsive to relapsing nature of addictions
  • Other related duties, as assigned

Qualifications and requirements:

  • B.S.W. or University Degree in a health services field or a diploma in addictions field with at least five years of field experience
  • Registered with Ontario College of Social Workers or Social Service Workers
  • Addictions related trainings and qualifications are an asset
  • Familiarity with GAIN-Q3 MI, DATIS-CATALYST, GAIN Short Screener and LOCUS tool is an asset
  • Having a sound understanding of anti-oppressive practices and sound understanding of working within cultural safety and humility perspective
  • Demonstrates understanding of the concepts of a family-centred approach and to create a safe space for the application of Integrated Holistic Service Delivery Model
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office is a must
  • Experience with counselling, documentation and database entry is a requirement
  • Experience with harm reduction practices
  • Familiarity with Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International standards is an asset
  • Familiarity with Cloud technology and Share-Point is an asset
  • Excellent written and inter-personal skills
  • Languages preferred – Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu in addition to English
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team setting
  • A current police record check is required for this position
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle as this position is mobile – requires travel to meet clients in the community
Job Contact Information:

OTF_HORZTL_CLR_W_Spacing_MD[1]Hours:                                    Full time 37.5 hours, Monday to Friday

(Some evenings and weekends work is required)

Position to commence:       November 16, 2017

Please submit resume by October 30, 2017 to the Hiring Committee


Please add Job posting # ADD-CM-012/2017-18 to the email subject line and cover letter

We appreciate the interest of all applicants, but only those under consideration will be contacted for an interview.

PCHS is committed to diversity in its workplaces and welcomes applications from all visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities among other self-identified diverse groups. We also provide accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for a disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at