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Research Assistants/Addictions Counsellors (4 positions), TeenNet Project, University of Toronto

The TeenNet Project, a youth-oriented health promotion project based at the University of Toronto (, is seeking up to four full-time research assistants/ addictions counsellors to assist in a school-based research project beginning in October 2002. This eight week contract will provide successful applicants with training in motivational counselling, peer feedback and supervision and experience working directly with adolescents as a part of a research team. Successful applicants will also work closely with the Youth Substance Abuse Program (YSAP) of the YMCA of Greater Toronto, a TeenNet Project partner, to receive peer feedback related to the counselling experience.

We are seeking outgoing, independent and responsible individuals interested in working with youth, learning new skills and assisting in implementing a unique tobacco-focussed research project in Toronto schools.


* Provide brief, group-based motivational counselling to secondary school students as part of a research trial

* Assist in study planning and delivery

* Assist in survey data collection

* Liaise with school officials on behalf of TeenNet as appropriate

* Facilitate online discussion group with students, including providing email support to study participants


* Undergraduate degree or college diploma in health sciences, social sciences, education or related area

* Post-graduate diploma in addictions, social service delivery or counselling is preferred

* Excellent communication and social skills

* Experience working with youth in community or school settings

* Experience working as part of a team

* Research experience is an asset but not required

* Demonstrated skills at using email and the World Wide Web

Terms and Conditions

* 8-week contract position (includes training time and supervision) beginning the week of September 30, 2002

* Compensation of $5,000 for the term of the contract

* Applicant must be able to travel independently throughout the City of Toronto

* Applicant must be available to work weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and some evenings (some evening work may be requested for training and supervisory purposes)

* Hours will vary per week

* Applicants must have a completed criminal reference check upon hire

Applications will be accepted until Friday, September 20, 2002 and may be sent via mail or fax to

TeenNet Project

Attention: Motivational Counsellor Search Committee

150 College Street, Room 121

University of Toronto

Toronto, ON M5S 2E2

Fax: (416) 978-2087

Inquiries may be directed to Oonagh Maley, TeenNet Project Coordinator at (416) 978-7543. Information about the TeenNet Project may be found at

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.