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Youth Substance Use Therapist - Part-Time

Rate TBD
Location Hamilton, ON Canada (On-site)
Type of project Health Psychology / Therapy
Duration contract/part time ongoing
Education required College/University
Years of experience 2 - 5 years
Type of employment N/A
Area of Specialization Psychology
Languages required N/A
Workhoppers Hamilton ON
The Youth Substance Use Therapist provides comprehensive substance use screening, intake,
assessment, treatment and follow-up to youth ages 12-25, as well as support to their families,
at various locations in the greater Hamilton region. The individual in this position is responsible
for supporting youth in understanding and addressing their substance use and/or the substance
use of their significant others, as well as related mental health concerns and issues related to
family impact.
This is a part-time (21 hours per week - 12 month contract), non-supervisory position reporting
to the Executive Director, with some evening hours required. This position requires a valid
driver’s license and use of a personal vehicle.

 Degree or Diploma in Applied Health or Social Sciences from an accredited college or
 Membership with an accredited professional college that is regulated to perform the
Controlled Act of Psychotherapy
 Criminal Reference Check – Vulnerable Sector Screening
 Minimum 3 years recent and relevant clinical experience specific to addiction and
mental health (concurrent disorders) in a community treatment setting
 Demonstrated knowledge of evidence informed practice for youth substance use
treatment which includes comprehensive assessment, individual and group counselling
modalities, case management, crisis intervention and discharge planning
 Certification in administering the provincially mandated assessment measure the GAIN
Q3 MI ONT is preferable but not required
 Excellent verbal and written communication, critical thinking, creative problem solving
 Ability to work as an effective member of an inter-professional team with excellent
interpersonal, advocacy, negotiation and conflict resolution skills
 Ability to work under pressure, prioritize workload and meet deadlines
 Willingness and ability to continue to improve professional competence and knowledge
 Proficient computer skills for report writing, word processing, data entry, access to
information etc.

 Engage youth from diverse backgrounds and employ treatment interventions in
alignment with best practices and as per client need

 Conduct bio-psychosocial assessments and collaborate with youth to design client-
centered, strength-based change strategies, reflecting evidence-based practices

 Work effectively with youth who present with multiple and complex concerns
 Administer and interpret standardized substance use and mental health screening and
assessment measures
 Develop treatment and discharge plans in consultation with youth and related
 Conduct intake sessions and individual, group, and family therapeutic sessions in a
professional and ethical manner, following all recognized standards, legislation, and
guidelines relevant to clinical practice
 Support family members and significant others to assist them in understanding and
supporting youth engaging in, and/or being impacted by, substance use
 Document all client interventions as per legislative standards of practice and adhere to
agency documentation requirements and timelines
 Engage in regularly scheduled individual and group clinical supervision for: clinical
support; reflection and growth/development; enhancing of skills, confidence and
competence; to ensure that clients are safe and work practices remain ethical; and to
ensure adhering to organizational and practice standards
 Establish new service sites and maintain existing service sites/partnerships/relationships
with secondary/post-secondary schools and allied community organizations, including
presentations on AY services and youth substance use
 Participate in program evaluation, planning and development

Specific schedule:
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-July 19, 2022


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