Clinical Therapist - Intensive Support and Supervision Program

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario on a mission to become an employer of choice. We provide a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families. Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism and Forensic Mental Health.

Are you interested in working for a leading organization helping children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, comprehensive health and dental benefits, and other employment perks
  • Flexible work arrangement supporting employee work life balance
  • Employer Matching Defined Contribution Pension Plan up to 6%
  • Employee Wellness Program
  • Extensive Educational and Training Opportunities and Supports
  • Supportive work environment with regular Supervision and Feedback
  • Renowned Accredited Clinical Programs


The Clinical Therapist with the ISSP (Intensive Support and Supervision Program) is an integral part of a busy, dynamic and growing clinical community-based youth justice program at Kinark Child and Family Services. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, the Clinical Therapist will be required to liaise with internal and external collaterals (such as probation officers) in the provision of clinical services. The Clinical Therapist will be responsible for completing comprehensive clinical assessments and developing individualized treatment plans, followed by the provision of recommended treatment that includes individual therapy and family support to high risk and complex needs youth and their families in the community. The successful candidate will be expected to provide clinical service to youth and their families (when required) who reside in Simcoe and York regions.

The Clinical Therapist would be home-based and travel to meet clients in the community. The successful candidate will be compensated for their travel (i.e., time and mileage). This position will cover primarily Simcoe region and will require the candidate to travel to community locations within this region (including but not limited to Barrie, Alliston, Midland). There is a possibility that coverage may also be provided to York Region (such as Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, and Vaughan).

This is a Permanent Full-Time position with 35 hours of work per week.


Duties and Responsibilities (included but not limited to):

  • Complete an initial comprehensive assessment, considering the multiple layers and interacting mental health issues, criminogenic risks and needs, concurrent substance use issues, and neurodevelopmental and medical conditions.
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop safety plans.
  • Utilize commitment strategies to obtain commitment to therapeutic engagement while assessing client readiness and stage(s) of change.
  • Complete a comprehensive formulation and treatment plan as a foundation for treatment with input from collateral sources and the interdisciplinary team.
  • Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in clients’ status.
  • Provide interventions with clinical outcomes to be achieved through the application of evidence-based practices with ongoing monitoring of the impact of service(s).
  • Focus on the youth’s potential for developing and sustaining pro-social coping skills which include increased self regulation of mental health symptoms and related behaviors (e.g., substance use, conflict management, anger management).
  • Self-monitor the completion of progress/contact notes describing each client contact and how that contact relates to treatment goals and adherence to policy.
  • Collaborate with other members of the treatment team and participate in interagency team meetings.
  • Clinical services are being delivered via a hybrid approach which includes a combination of virtual phone and/or video and in-person services.



  • A Master’s degree in Social Work or a health-related discipline with a minimum of three years relevant experience is preferred.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or relevant field/discipline with extensive and relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as a Social Worker or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
  • Must be eligible and able to perform psychotherapy as defined under the act.
  • Excellent clinical assessment, formulation, and treatment planning skills is essential.
  • Training and/or experience in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy will be considered assets.
  • Experience with providing a broad range of clinical services and demonstrated effective work with an adolescent population, particularly a youth justice population, who present a variety of clinically challenging issues.
  • Training and experience in working with families in a clinical context will also be considered an asset.
  • Computer competency and experience working with diverse cultures are considered assets for this position.
  • As travel is required for this position and will cover the regions of York and Simcoe counties, the successful candidate must have a valid Ontario drivers license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be willing to obtain automobile insurance which includes driving for business purposes with a minimum liability of $1,000,000.
  • Candidates with language, ethnic, or cultural diversity would be given special consideration given the population we are serving.


Kinark Child and Family Services conditions of employment include but are not limited to successful Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening, completed Pre-Employment Medical certificate, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Fully vaccinated is defined as having received all required doses of a World Health Organization Approved COVID-19 Vaccine at least one of which being approved for use in Canada and 14 days have passed since your last dose. Proof of vaccination for each vaccine dose received is required.

Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at or (905) 474-9595.

While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.