Mental Health Addictions Counsellor


De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre’s Mental Health & Addictions Program is seeking a  part-time Mental Health and Addictions Counselor  in Niagara. The successful candidate will provide one-on-one mental health and addiction counseling services to individual’s age 16+. The MHA counselor will provide a counseling that is rooted in culture, holistic, trauma-informed, and strengths based.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Have knowledge of Historical Trauma and Intergenerational trauma of Indigenous Peoples.
    • Experience working with and extensive knowledge of Indigenous Peoples language, culture, customs, and traditions
    • Knowledge of  harm reduction strategies, referrals to detox, treatment planning, wellness and recovery planning, relapse prevention, anxiety, and depression, coping skills and techniques
    • Ability to effectively manage disruptive behavior and de-escalation in crisis situations.
  • Experience working with and addressing addictions, concurrent disorders, and active substance users
  • Knowledge and ability to integrate wholistic based and evidence-based practice into the planning and evaluation of client and program intervention from a trauma informed lens.
  • Ability to complete intakes, provide clinical assessments and interventions as needed, develop treatment plans, referrals, and discharge.
  • Consult with and provide information to DAHC staff regarding clients and assist with the development of care plans for complex clients.
  • Participate in case conferences for client plans of care with external agencies and services where appropriate.
  • Maintain clinical records and data compilation utilizing the electronic medical record according to requirements of the DAHC.
  • Respect the rights, dignity, and feelings of others to create a safe and respectful work environment that is free from harassment, discrimination, and violence.
  • Established self-care routine and supports.
  • Other duties may be assigned by team lead &/or management.


  • Undergraduate and/or Master degree in Social Work, Mental Health & Addictions, Psychology or Sociology, from a recognized university preferred.College Diploma and related experience will be considered
  • 2-5+ years experience working with individuals with complex needs
  • Ability to register with a regulatory body – i.e. OCSWSSW or CRPO


  • Must provide proof of full vaccination or request medical/religious/creed exemption prior to start date.