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Company Name:
Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Counsellor – Full Time (Temporary – 1 Year)


Are you looking for?


  • The opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of women and their families who struggle with addictions, mental health, and trauma.
  • The opportunity to work as a valued team member of a highly respected live-in, trauma-informed, concurrent capable, addiction treatment centre exclusively for women.  
  • An opportunity to cultivate and strengthen your group clinical skills within a multi-disciplinary team environment.  
  • A competitive compensation package, including 3 weeks of vacation, matching RRSP and a comprehensive health and dental benefits plan paid by Aventa.


Established in 1970, Aventa Centre of Excellence for Women with Addictions is a leader in trauma-informed, gender specific addictions treatment for women. Through a multi-disciplinary team approach, Aventa delivers a trauma-informed curriculum researched and written by Dr. Stephanie Covington. Aventa’s operating funding is provided through provincial and federal Governments; Aventa has been partnered with the Alberta government since 1971. Aventa is accredited with Exemplary Standing through Accreditation Canada.

 As a Counsellor with Aventa, a typical day may include:

  • Facilitate process-style group sessions for diverse Clients, including Clients with concurrent disorders.
  • Provides individual case management and crisis intervention counselling to Clients. This includes information gathering, assessment, case planning, case conferencing, monitoring Client activities, strategic intervention, evaluation, referral, safety/recovery planning, discharge, follow-up, and crisis management.
  • Ensure proper documentation and management of Client files. This includes observing, recording and reporting on Client progress and challenges, documenting and distributing critical incidents according to policy, completing various forms and documents required for accountability and accreditation purposes, writing case notes, ensuring proper release of information records are in place, and protecting the confidentiality of Client records.
  • Requests/Facilitates case consultations with relevant members of the team to ensure effective assessment, treatment/safety planning and intervention.
  • Attends team meetings and contributes actively to a positive and supportive team environment.
  • Participates in ongoing learning and supervision.

    The ideal candidate:

    • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, or related field, with a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a clinical setting.
    • Prior clinical experience providing individual and group therapy.
    • Knowledge and skill in treatment planning, and group facilitation.
    • Familiarity working in the areas of trauma, addictions and mental health.
    • A positive attitude and excellent problem solving skills.
    • Ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently.
    • Ability to take initiative and demonstrate reliability and flexibility.
    • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
    • Proficient computer knowledge.
    • A clear Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search and Child Welfare Intervention Check (dated within 6 months).

    How to apply:


    If you are as passionate as we are about making a difference in the lives of women please submit your resume to [email protected]


    Start Date: October 2019

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


    For further information about Aventa and its programs, we encourage you to visit the Aventa website.