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Job Posting - Addiction Counsellor Position

Due to our growth, we are looking to add another addiction counselor to our team.

ADDICTION COUNSELOR POSITION

POSITION TITLE: Addiction Counselor

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Outpatient Addiction Centre – Chabad Lifeline is a non-sectarian organization dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by addiction. At Chabad Lifeline, individuals suffering from substance and behavioural addictions as well as their family members are guided by experienced and caring professionals through the process of healing and recovery.

SALARY:
Commensurate with experience

JOB DESCRIPTION: Providing psychosocial counseling, support, and education around issues related to addiction to youth and adults. Counseling and support provided to youth is not limited to addiction, but can also address issues related to relationships, slef-esteem, bullying, anger, stress management, etc.

Specific duties include:

• Initial intake, screening and assessment of new clients
• Ongoing psychosocial support and counseling for existing clients
• Provide support to our Youth Coordinator developing programs for youth-at-risk and in schools
• Outreach Program – Education / Prevention / Counseling
• Liaison and contact with schools, hospitals, community organizations, 12-step community, and other clinical referrals
• Other duties as required

EDUCATION AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS: BSW (with a minimum 5 years of work experience) or MSW or MA. Excellent clinical and organizational experience is required, as well as creativity, flexibility, and self-direction. Shows strong initiative and independent judgment, has the ability to multi-task, with proven critical thinking skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, as well as having the ability to work well in a team environment.

TO APPLY: For more information or to apply for this position, please send cover letters and résumés to: director@chabadlifeline.com or call 514-738-7700.

4615 Chemin Côte-Ste-Catherine
Montréal, QC H3W

Feature focus: Youth Coordinator and Addiction Counsellor

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Lindsay Faul MSW is Chabad Lifeline’s Youth Coordinator and Addiction Counsellor. After graduating with a Bachelor’s in Social Work from the University of Calgary, she worked with at risk youth and sexual abuse victims for five years. Then, she moved to Montreal where she obtained her MSW.

Addiction in the family affects youth at risk

"From a young age, I felt passionate about social issues and curious about people's unique experiences in life," Lindsay recalled. "Growing up I wanted to be a psychiatrist. Then I realized how much math and science it took to become one, and I backpedaled because I dislike math. Luckily, I was directed to the field of social work, which not only promotes advocacy at a societal level, but also views individual struggles through a wider environmental and contextual lens."

Lindsay was motivated to working with at risk youth after watching the dynamics of members of her own family. “I remember thinking, ‘why can’t they just learn to understand each other and communicate better?’”

After several years of helping at risk youth and sexual assault victims, Lindsay noticed that addiction often played a large part, whether through the youth themselves or from members of their own families. “I realized that addiction and mental health were a huge part of youth at risk,” she related. “When I moved to Montreal, I was lucky to get a job working in addictions, and I realized that it was a passion of mine and a really important area for working with youth.”

The rewards of helping youth at risk

At Lifeline, Lindsay is responsible for everything to do with youth under the age of 25. Her job has different facets. Inside the centre, she does addiction assessments, as well as individual, group and ongoing counselling. She also travels to schools across the city doing presentations and meeting with individual students to speak about addiction and mental health, and what we do at Chabad Lifeline. She also does assessments with students that are flagged from administrators.

“The resiliency of people is what makes me love my job,” she said. “I’ll meet people who have gone through tremendous struggles and ordeals that were thrown on them from where they were born and the situation they were born into and see them find the strength, compassion and drive to heal deep within them, and rise above their struggles and circumstances to become the best version of themselves that they can be.

“To watch people on that journey and see someone start in a certain place where they are doing self destructive behaviours and then come to a place where they learn to love themselves and spread that love with other people, that’s very rewarding.”

When it comes to working at Lifeline, Lindsay loves the unique sense of community and the flexibility of her job. “I’ve worked in places that were more research based and clinical, and didn’t allow for flexibility and adapting your treatment for the type of client you have,” she said. “Bringing the community and spirituality aspects as part of the healing process is something I love about Lifeline.”

If you know someone who can benefit from any of Lindsay’s programs, please contact her at 514-738-7700.

Nathan's story

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Nathan* was a model student in a Montreal school. Nobody knew that he was being sexually abused by his uncle on a regular basis. When he was 12 years old, a classmate procured a 6 pack of beer, and Nathan was briefly able to forget.

From beer, the drop to heavy drugs was rapid. Nathan's grades went down, he started blacking out. The abuse continued.

As part of Lifeline's school outreach program, an addiction counsellor delivered a presentation at Nathan's school. But it was the honest vulnerability of a recovering addict who shared her story that led Nathan to leave his name and phone number on Lifeline's questionnaire.

A phone call from Lifeline's youth coordinator and addiction counsellor led to a meeting, the difficult admission that Nathan was an addict, and opening up about the sexual abuse.

Lifeline's staff suggested a treatment plan for Nathan to follow, and with Nathan's permission the authorities were notified about the sexual abuse. Within six months, at the cost of five raffle tickets, Nathan was drug and alcohol free, working hard at moving toward a healthy lifestyle.

"If not for Chabad Lifeline, I don't think I would be alive today," admitted Nathan, who has been sober for five years now. "I owe my life to Lifeline, and to a recovering addict who was brave enough to share her story to a bunch of kids in my school."

The monies collected in Chabad Lifeline's upcoming raffle will go toward arranging an Addiction Counsellor who will work full time in Montreal schools, helping people like Nathan. Support us and purchase your tickets by clicking here.

Please note that Nathan is a pseudonym and certain details were changed to protect the privacy of the young man in the story.

A history of growth

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It’s your chance to win $15,000, and you’ll be supporting Chabad Lifeline.

In 1998, Chabad Lifeline – at the time called Project PRIDE, organized a raffle with limited resources and limited needs at the time. Tickets were $25 and the grand prize was $5,000. A total of $50,000 was raised. At the time, Project PRIDE had one full time staff member.

The raffle grew and so did Lifeline. By 2002, our staff had grown to four professionals. Five years later, Rabbi Benyamin and Karen Bresinger moved to Montreal to serve as Director, Clinical Director and Family Counsellor of Project PRIDE.

In 2010, Project PRIDE became Chabad Lifeline. “The words Project PRIDE didn’t explain what the organization did,” explained Lifeline’s Founder Rabbi Ronnie Fine, who had established Project PRIDE 1989 while serving as a McGill University Chaplain. “PRIDE stood for Prevention, Resources, Information, and Drug Education but it wasn’t clear enough. The word ‘Chabad’ represents the sponsoring organization, inspired by the Chabad Rebbe whose lifework was about taking care of all of mankind and make the world a better place filled with goodness and kindness. ‘Lifeline’ tells you what we’re doing, how we’re giving a lifeline to people by saving lives and keeping families together.”

By 2011, the raffle raised $150,000 and provided help and healing to more than 10,000. Chabad Lifeline was able to move from a storefront location on Queen Mary into the former home of the Jewish General Hospital's first Executive Director Samuel Cohen on Cote Ste Catherine, a much more spacious location.

Eddy Wiltzer, a community leader and great friend of Chabad Lifeline, proposed taking the raffle to the next level by selling tickets for $100 rather than $25, and raising the prize from $5,000 to $15,000 in order to make it more attractive. The result in 2012: 30% more funds raised. In our 2016 raffle, we managed to raise $260,000, half our current budget.

Thanks to the inspiration and encouragement of raffle Chair Eddy Wiltzer, today we can accomplish much more than in the past. We have a staff of thirteen and accomplish more than we ever had, with over 16,000 visits each year.

According to Correction Service Canada, the cost of incarceration for an addict in crisis per year is $117,788. A 30 day stay at a rehab can cost between $14,000 and $27,000 according to a Rehabs.com study, and a month stay in the hospital costs around $27,000 for the patient, according to approximate base figures provided by the CLSC. At Chabad Lifeline, it costs an addict $2,250 for ONE YEAR of help.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 31% of patients achieved one continuous year of abstinence after completion in a treatment program of 90 days or fewer. A study of 715 inmates by Prendergast et al in 2004 proved that 79% of inmates were went back to using illegal drugs after incarceration. A study at Chabad Lifeline in 2016 demonstrated a success rate for addicts after leaving the program of over 50%.

Want to see your donations go to a place where you get the most bang for your buck? Support Chabad Lifeline. “We do not receive any funding at all from the government, that is why it is imperative that our raffle is successful every year,” said Executive Committee Chair Eddy Wiltzer. “Please purchase as many tickets as possible and I wish you good luck in receiving our first prize and also knowing that you are saving lives at Lifeline each and every day.”

Photo features a throwback to the poster from our 2013 raffle next to the design of our youth facility. Since its inauguration, thousands of children and teens affected by addiction have been helped at Lifeline.

To purchase your ticket, visit www.LifelineRaffle.com 

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