CHILD AND FAMILY THERAPIST
For our COMPASS program
Child and Family therapists provide counselling to children/youth up the age of 18, and their families. Therapists address a range of mental health issues, including emotional, behavioural and/or psychiatric symptoms that may be impacting functioning at home, school, socially or in the community. Intervention strategies are determined following a thorough intake and assessment.
Working as a Child and Family Therapist here’s what you will get to do:
- Be part of a growing, dynamic learning focused organization that is family centered and believes in the inherent resilience and strength of children, youth and families.
- Formulate assessment and treatment plans and provide counselling using a range of evidence-based practices, as well as provision of psycho-education as needed.
- Work within a multi-disciplinary framework with other professionals including, psychologists and psychiatrists etc.
- Support our Here to Help phone line on a rotating basis using a brief single session approach.
- Provide consultations to school personnel and give presentations in the community as required.
- Provide case management for clients with multiple and complex needs. This includes: referrals to internal/external programs.
- Build and maintain effective interactions with colleagues focused on individual, team and agency success.
- Participate in quality assurance, evaluation and research activities, as required.
We are looking for an exceptional individual who has:
- Sound knowledge of evidenced based treatment modalities including but not limited to, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Emotion Focused Skills Training, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Trauma-informed and Attachment-based therapy.
- Knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development, family systems and neurobiology.
- Knowledge of community and agency programs including transitional age youth and adult services.
- Demonstrated sound judgement related to the development of collaborative approaches to working with children/youth and their families; including high risk circumstances and safety planning.
- Ability to demonstrate and work through a lens of sensitivity to diversity related to race, religion, culture, cognitive functioning, poverty, sexual orientation and gender identity, etc.
- Sound knowledge of anti-oppressive practices and ability to implement them in work with children, youth and families.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, exercising professional judgement in conflictual and stressful situations.
- Suicide risk assessment and intervention skills.
- Workshop and group facilitation skills utilizing evidence-based practices.
- Ability to meet deadlines and program demands, including clinical reports.
- Is able to ensure that the client record is maintained as per agency standards.
- Advanced written language skills and ability to complete documentation within given timelines.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including two evenings/week up to 8:00 p.m., to accommodate the needs of the children/youth and families we serve.
- Access to a reliable vehicle and ability to travel to other community-based settings as needed.
Here is what you will need:
- Masters of Social Work or Masters of Counselling Psychology (or equivalent), and registration with an appropriate governing body, and at least 3 years of experience within a children’s mental health setting. Bachelor of Social Work with at least 5 years of experience within a children’s mental health setting.
- Experience working with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, strained social relationships, eating disorders, self-injurious behaviour, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, difficult family dynamics, attentional and learning disabilities.
Qualities and Personal Attributes
- The successful candidate is open minded, aware, intuitive, receptive and able to help meet their clients’ emotional and psychological needs. Successful candidates have a reflective personal and professional approach to counselling practice.
- The ideal candidate is conscious of each individual’s cultural identification, inherent race, religious views/beliefs, and sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
- It is crucial to the role to possess capacity for self-initiated professional growth, creativity, and patience.
- Our York Hills staff are lifelong learners, and apply an anti-oppression framework to their work.
- The potential candidate works from a strength-based approach and is self-motivated, and able to learn, re-learn and de-learn.
- Must be fluent in English, speaking, writing and reading.
- Fluency in other languages is an asset.
The successful candidate will have a valid driver’s license, $2 million vehicle liability insurance and a vulnerable sector screening.
Please send your resumes to : firstname.lastname@example.org
In keeping with our efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage individuals from diverse groups to apply. York Hills is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive barrier-free recruitment and selection process and we respect, encourage and celebrate the diversity of staff. If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation. We regret that only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.