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Program Counselor, Options Clinic, London InterCommunity Health Centre

London, Ontario
Deadline June 30, 2015

Employment Opportunity – Full Time
The London InterCommunity Health Centre seeks a passionate Program Counselor, Options Clinic to join our team dedicated to providing health care to those who experience barriers to care.  Reporting to the Team Lead, Poverty, Homelessness and Options, the successful candidate will provide culturally appropriate, informative and sensitive anonymous HIV testing. This includes in-depth counseling to men and women in the area of sexuality and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, both before and after the testing process. A secondary focus is to assess, consult and make appropriate medical and social referrals to agencies and professionals. Through the creation of partnerships we reach out to at-risk and vulnerable populations.
Working as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, the Program Counselor is supported by a team of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Social Workers, Dietitians, Outreach Workers, Community Developers and support staff specializing in the areas of Mental Health, Children, Youth & Families, Immigrants & Ethno-cultural Communities, Poverty & Homelessness, and Diabetes & Chronic Diseases.
Working with the Health Centre offers a unique opportunity to make a difference in the lives of new immigrants and refugees, and those impacted by homelessness, mental illness, addiction, poverty, language barriers, and complex and/or chronic health conditions.

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant discipline from a Community College, University or significant counselling experience and sound knowledge of HIV/AIDS related issues;
  • Three to five years of related experience in a similar role / organization providing counselling services to vulnerable or at-risk populations;
  • Certification in Point of Care HIV Testing and Venipuncture considered an asset;
  • Ability to work with diverse communities with respect, sensitivity, creativity, innovation, cultural understanding, and non-judgement;
  • Ability to maintain a calm demeanour when faced with stressful, crisis situations;
  • Awareness of, and understanding of, the social determinates of health;
  • Commitment to the underlying principles of harm reduction;
  • Ability to handle confidential personal health information with respect and sensitivity;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills;
  • A commitment to working as a valued member of an interdisciplinary team;
  • Strong computer and organizational skills to collect and maintain statistical records on clinic use, client populations, testing, etc., for funder reports.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for this position by forwarding a covering letter and resume by Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 4:00pm to the attention of Human Resources:

London InterCommunity Health Centre                             
659 Dundas Street                 
London, Ontario, N5W 2Z1


Fax: (519) 642-1532
London InterCommunity Health Centre is an equal opportunity employer and committed to hiring staff that reflect the diversity of the clients and community that we serve.  Should you require accommodation in making an application please contact our office. We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected to proceed in the competition will be contacted.