Counsellor/ Therapist (Solution Focused Brief Therapy)

Covenant House helps youth ignite their potential and reclaim their lives. As Canada’s largest agency serving youth who are homeless, trafficked or at risk, we offer the widest range of 24-7 services to more than 300 young people each day. 

As a national leader, we educate and advocate for long-term change to improve the lives of vulnerable youth. This includes influencing public policy, leading awareness and prevention programs and continually building and sharing our knowledge. As a learning organization, we strive for excellence and programs with impact.

More than a place to stay, we provide life-changing care with unconditional love and respect. We meet youth’s immediate needs and then we work together to achieve their future goals. We offer housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, and ongoing care once youth move into the community.

Thanks to our donors, who contribute almost 80 per cent of our $33-million annual operating budget, we are able to deliver these comprehensive programs and services.

Since 1982, Covenant House has supported more than 100,000 young people.


Walk-in mental health counselling supports will be introduced on-site at Covenant House Toronto, for youth residing at Covenant House (aged 16-24). Once established, expansion would include other affiliated youth. The Solution Focused Brief Therapist is responsible for providing immediate mental health/ substance use counselling to individual youth through provision of single session, solution focused brief services. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy is an evidence-based short-term approach that focuses on creating realistic solutions to problems rather than evaluating the root causes of those problems. Clients will walk away from session feeling validated and empowered, having a solution focused plan to work on.

This position would be complimentary to a wide range of mental health services offered at Covenant House Toronto including psychiatry, substance use and mental health counselling and social work services.

Clinic hours will require some flexibility to meet the needs of clients.


  • Contributes towards establishing provision of a solution focused brief therapy program available to transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness through promotion and provision of walk-in service delivery model
  • Provides evidence-based harm reduction and psychotherapeutic interventions
  • Engages in cross-team collaboration, consultation and information sharing to support Quality of Care
  • Establishes rapport, conducts assessments and establishes an immediate, solution focused, strength based plan centred on individual needs to address their presenting concerns, including but not limited to relational issues, substance use, and mental health concerns such as suicidal ideation, self-harm, anxiety, depression. 
  • Accurate and timely clinical documentation, maintaining client files and all required documentation according to professional and organizational standards.
  • Participate in assessment and evaluation tools and measures to support the research and evaluation of the program’s work
  • Perform related duties as assigned by Program Manager

Qualification, Experience:

  • BSW or MSW, or degree in a counseling related field.
  • Registration with College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO), Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or other regulatory body that allows the regulated act of psychotherapy
  • Strong relationship building skills
  • Minimum of 3 years’ clinical experience providing individual counselling, with strong knowledge of various counselling modalities. Training and experience in provision of single-session and solution focused brief therapy is essential.
  • Strong assessment, formulation and intervention skills, with commitment to best practices and Quality Improvement framework
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively support transitional aged youth in acute circumstances, such as youth experiencing marginalization due to homelessness, racial discrimination, 2SLGBTQ identities, mental health and substance use concerns, developmental and learning disabilities, exposure to violence including adolescent/youth Human Trafficking, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with a trauma responsive, strengths-based, harm reduction approach and from an anti-oppression, anti- black racism and culturally safe perspective is essential
  • Demonstrated organizational ability to handle caseload requirements, compile statistical data and reports for review and evaluation
  • Excellent communication (both oral and written) and organizational skills and ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated abilities regarding flexibility, teamwork and self-care.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including evening hours is required


Interested candidates should submit their cover letter and resume  (please include cover letter in the same document as the resume) .  Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

At Covenant House Toronto we believe in a workplace culture of inclusion that is welcoming, respectful and safe for all staff. It is critical to Covenant House Toronto success to eliminate barriers and promote the inclusion of equity groups. Equity groups have been, and continue to be, underrepresented and marginalized in the workforce, leadership roles, and in some specific occupations. Equity groups include but may not be limited to Indigenous persons, racialized people, gender diverse people, 2SLGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Covenant House Policy on Accommodation, a request for accommodation will be accepted as part of the Covenant House recruitment process.