Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor - East End FHT (South Porcupine)

Organization Name
East End FHT (South Porcupine)
Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor

4715 Highway 101 East
South Porcupine ON P0N 1H0


At Northern College, we’re driven by our commitment to the ongoing success and development of our students, our communities and our staff. A career with Northern College can provide you with meaningful opportunities for your professional growth, and we’re confident that our friendly, collaborative workplace culture will contribute to your personal growth as well.

In addition, to a rewarding career, some of the other benefits offered to eligible full-time employees of Northern College include competitive salaries, a defined-benefit pension plan, a comprehensive benefits package, access to our athletics facilities and a wellness program.

Northern College and the East End Family Health Team have partnered with the Timmins Youth Wellness Hub. Supports and services provided at the Timmins YWH include, but are not limited to, mental health, addictions, primary care, employment/training, housing, skills and well-being activities and other community and social services. The Mental Health and Addictions Counsellor is a Northern College employee working in association with the East End Family Health Team and the Timmins Youth Wellness hub. As a Northern College employee this position reports to the East End Family Health Team Administrative Lead and operates under the supervision of the Youth Wellness Hub Executive Director while on location.

Working within the context of a multidisciplinary team, the Counsellor will provide therapeutic interventions and addiction/harm reduction supports to youth, ages 12-25, based on evidenced-based practices. Using a client-centred approach, the Counsellor will conduct mental health assessments and provide therapeutic supports and/or interventions to youth. This can include a whole spectrum of supports and services from referrals with the hub, to external providers, and involve direct support and treatment from harm reduction to withdrawal support and relapse prevention services.

The MHA Counsellor will support and assist in creating a safe and accepting environment for youth (12-25 years old) with a special emphasis on the 2SLGBTQ+, Indigenous youth and other marginalized community youth.


  • Screen and assess youth’s needs for supports and services, perform risk assessments, explore immediate therapeutic supports and/or interventions as needed;
  • In collaboration with the client, develop, implement, evaluate, revise, and maintain care plans according to the individual’s needs, preferences, and progress towards their identified goals;
  • Provide timely, responsive, evidence-based treatment and clinical supports to youth who are experiencing withdrawal;
  • With the agreement of the client, assist families or other support persons to develop strategies that will help them support the person and cope with their mental health issues and/or addictions;
  • Work with other YWH staff to help identify when youth may require supports – either in terms of mental health or substance use;
  • Establish and maintain professional boundaries with youth and others in circle of care;
  • Help provide education and capacity to all YWH staff re: harm reduction and mental health;
  • Participate in Program planning, implementation, and evaluations;
  • Collaborate and liaise with YWH community partners;
  • Provide referrals/make linkages to culturally appropriate services/supports as needed;
  • Create a welcoming, secure and culturally safe environment;
  • Document and maintain electronic youth client records (intake and assessment forms, progress notes, correspondences, client files, etc.) and other documents as required;
  • Report any potential risks or safety concerns as appropriate;
  • Collect and maintain accurate data and information in accordance with YWH policies, the Personal Health Information Act (PHIPA) and the requirements of any regulatory body standards;
  • Always represent the Timmins YWH, Northern College and the East End Family Health Team in a manner that reflects the Mission, Vision and Values of the Organizations; and
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Four Year Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or a Bachelor of Arts degree in one of the core mental health disciplines i.e. counselling, clinical psychology, mental health, addictions or other related field;
  • Current Certificate of Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW);
  • Minimum two years’ experience working in a related position preferred, ideally in a community- based setting that includes counselling and/or trauma informed care;
  • Working knowledge of the Mental Health Act, Substitute Decision Act and Health Care Consent Act and Personal Health Information Act (PHIPA);
  • Experience working with community agencies and resources in a related capacity;
  • Can work variable hours that might include evenings, weekends and weekdays depending on work demands;
  • Bilingualism (English/French);
  • A satisfactory and current Criminal and Vulnerable Sector Reference Check;
  • Valid First Aid & CPR certificate an asset; and
  • The Timmins YWH has a mandate requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Skills and Assets:


  • Excellent assessment, decision-making and problem-solving skills;
  • Highly effective verbal, written, interpersonal communication skills and conflict resolution skills;
  • A range of evidence-based interventions, including solution-focused therapy, cognitive- behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing;
  • Knowledge and experience in substance use and harm reduction;
  • Experience working with visible minorities, First Nations, Métis and Inuit and 2SLGBTQ+ peoples is an asset;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples, culture and healing practices;
  • Ability to establish trusting relationships with youth while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries;
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to act as an advocate for clients in accessing and maintaining support services;
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth and/or the Timmins YWH (asset); and
  • Ability and willingness to work variable hours including evenings and weekends.

A detailed job description for this position is available from the Human Resources Services department

How to Apply

HOW TO APPLY: Please visit the Northern College website at: and click on the Careers at Northern link to apply through our online job application system.

Northern College is committed to an inclusive, barrier-free selection process. If contacted regarding this competition, please advise the interview coordinator of accommodation measures you may require during our selection process. Information received relating to accommodation needs of applicants will be addressed confidentially.

Northern College values diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

We thank all applicants for their interest in Northern College, only those to be interviewed will be contacted.

Preference will be given to qualified employees within the bargaining unit at Northern College. Should a suitable candidate not be found, external candidates will be considered