Clinical Therapist

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Kinark Child and Family Services has a rich 50-year history serving children and youth through a wide range of evidence-based mental health services that include individual, family, and group counselling. We are on a mission to help children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes with a broader vision of a healthy future for Ontario’s children and youth. We have a passionate team of over 700 staff serving more than 9,000 children and youth each year in our three program streams - Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health.

Our people are the heartbeat of our organization where ‘Holding children and youth at the centre of all that we do’ is only one of the values that guides our work.

In support of our journey towards being an employer of choice in our sectors, our staff is engaged for feedback to identify and support improvements, big and small, to enhance the employee experience.

If you have a passion for making a difference in the lives of children and youth with complex needs and want to be part of the mission we are on… Come join our team!

For more information about Kinark, our values, our strategic priorities, and our service programs, please visit our website at or review our annual report.


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

*Dependent on hours worked, length of service and/or collective agreement (where relevant)  


Kinark has introduced a benefit that gives employees in eligible roles the opportunity to work partially or fully remote if they choose to opt-in for this benefit. This role (Clinical Therapist) is assessed as a Roamer position requiring minimal days in the office (2 days per week) unless business demands require. This role is also eligible for the compressed work week program. 


Job Summary:

The Clinical Therapist is an integral part of a busy, dynamic and growing clinical program at Kinark Child and Family Services, Community Based Child and Youth Mental Health program in the Northumberland region.  As a member of an interdisciplinary team, the Clinical Therapist will be required to liaise with internal and external collaterals in the provision of clinical services.  The Clinical Therapist will be responsible for completing comprehensive clinical assessments, formulate and develop individualized treatment plans prior to providing individual, family, and/or group therapy to high risk and complex children, youth, and families within an office-based, as well as a community-based setting, as required.  The successful candidate will be required to work some evenings per week based on client needs.  The Clinical Therapist position is covered by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 2860.


Duties & Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Complete an initial comprehensive assessment, considering the multiple layers and interacting mental health issues, needs, and disorders, concurrent substance use issues, 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 of change.

  • Complete a comprehensive formulation and treatment plan as a foundation for treatment, with input from collateral sources and multidisciplinary team integrated.

  • Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in clients' status.

  • Provide intervention, with clinical outcomes to be achieved through application of evidenced-based practices with ongoing monitoring of impact.

  • Focus on the youth’s potential for developing/sustaining pro-social, self-regulation of mental health symptoms, related behaviours (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



  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work or a Health-Related Discipline with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience is preferred.

  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work 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 (OCSWSSW) as a Social Worker, or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).  

  • Must be eligible and able to perform Psychotherapy as defined under the act.

  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience working in a mental health setting, is required.

  • Excellent clinical assessment, formulation and treatment planning skills is essential.

  • Training and or experience in Triple P- Positive Parenting program, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Brief Therapy will be considered assets.

  • Experience with providing a broad range of clinical services and demonstrated effective work with a child and adolescent population who present a variety of clinically challenging issues.

  • Demonstrated expertise in family therapy, including brief models, and advanced group skills with children and parents are preferred.

  • Computer competency and experience working with diverse cultures are considered as assets for this position.

  • Travel is required for this position; the successful candidate must have a valid Ontario driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and be willing to obtain automobile insurance which includes driving for business purposes with a minimum liability of one million dollars.

Kinark Child and Family Services conditions of employment include but are not limited to successful Criminal Record Check or Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (based on position), completed Pre-Employment Medical certificate, and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. 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 People and Culture 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.