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Company Name:
The Alex
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Not specified
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Substance Use Specialist

Substance Use Specialist – Ref. No. 18072

Pathways to Housing Program

The Alex: Changing Health. Changing Lives. 

The Alex Community Health Centre is a not-for-profit organization that is changing how we look at health care in Calgary. Our health, housing and food programs support our most vulnerable neighbors, tackling tough health and social issues head-on.

Since 1973, our cost-effective programs have provided preventative care in a welcoming, easy-to-access environment, moving people from poverty to stability and from crisis to wellness. Using a multi-disciplinary team approach, we focus care on assessment, intervention and promotion of all aspects of health. We embrace a model of health care that is accessible, responsive and participatory. In addition to the Family Health Centre, we run a Seniors Health Centre, a Youth Centre, two Mobile Community Health Buses, one Dental Health Bus, four Housing First Programs, a Community Food Centre and the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC). 

Pathways to Housing is a recognized innovative, best-practice service delivery model for ending homelessness. This model seeks to end homelessness by providing ‘Housing First’ coupled with harm reduction services provided by a multidisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team. This program serves homeless individuals with mental health, physical health and addiction disorders. Our multidisciplinary team provides our clients with housing and follows ACT principles in supporting them toward independent living.

What you will do:

  • Responsible for working with the program clients using principles of rehabilitation and multiple addiction management strategies to assist clients to move toward independent living in community residences
  • Working within the context of client-centered care and multidisciplinary service delivery, the Substance Use Specialist provides both individual and group therapy to clients and families
  • Run addictions group for clients and their families using principles of evidence-based treatment models
  • Will use a range of social work and addiction related evidence-based practices, including individual, group and community rehabilitation
  • Assist in seeking treatment options while developing recovery goals
  • Required to complete annual Substance Use Assessments in addition to working as a liaison to establish and maintain professional relationships external stakeholders.

What you bring:

  • Must have Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or Addictions Counseling
  • Experience in management of clients with addiction disorders
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team model and able to work effectively within an innovative outreach service-delivery model
  • Previous experience working with the homeless sector an asset
  • Experience with community outreach and crisis intervention
  • Demonstrated effective communication, organizational, advocacy, and rapport-building skills
  • Knowledge of mental illness/psychiatric conditions, substance use
  • Knowledge of benefits, social and non-profit services in Calgary an asset.
  • Knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy an asset
  • High level of flexibility  and the ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment required
  • A class 5 driver’s license, $2,000,000 liability coverage in car insurance, and vehicle are mandatory
  • Current First Aid/CPR is mandatory
  • Must take on-call shifts as per rotation
  • Respect and adherence to all health and safety rules and regulations

How to apply:

If you are as passionate as we are about making a difference in people’s lives, please submit your resume to [email protected] and be sure to include the job title and reference number in the subject line.  Deadline to apply: until suitable candidate is found

For further information about The Alex and its programs, we encourage you to visit our website at

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.