Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach

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Social Worker - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach

Evoke Learning is seeking an experienced social worker specializing in integrative support for students facing academic challenges resulting from executive dysfunction and/or ADHD to join our team on a part-time, independent contractor basis.

Position Title:
Social Worker – CBT Coach


About Evoke Learning:
Evoke is a learning and wellness centre that assists students in reaching their academic potential and enhancing their social-emotional well-being. Our team uses holistic approaches grounded in contemporary cognitive science to tailor support for each unique learner within our community, which prioritizes student well-being and success.

Evoke caters to a diverse student body, including:

  • Students facing academic struggles
  • Individuals with learning disabilities, ADHD, ASD, and/or giftedness
  • Underperformers with untapped potential
  • Learners needing intensive instruction or extra processing time
  • Students seeking strategies and time management skills to boost academic success
  • Those dealing with self-regulation and emotional regulation challenges
  • Students with exceptional aspirations

The Role:

As a social worker, you will empower high school (Grades 9-12) and postsecondary students to set and reach personal and academic goals. Using cognitive-behavioural techniques, you will assist in overcoming barriers to success by:

  • Identifying cognitive distortions and emotional roadblocks
  • Implementing strategies for skill-building in time management, prioritization, motivation, and organization
  • Guiding students to manage emotional distractors and improve emotional efficiency
  • Addressing executive function deficits characteristic of ADHD
  • Encouraging a commitment to personal growth

This virtual, one-on-one role is pivotal in fostering a supportive environment to mitigate ADHD symptoms and enhance self-regulation, executive functioning, learning skills, and ultimately, academic performance and well-being.

Successful candidates will:

  • Establish strong rapport with students
  • Hold formal CBT training (minimum 40 hours) and certification
  • Possess substantial independent professional experience in CBT
  • Understand cognitive assessments
  • Exhibit exceptional English verbal and written communication skills
  • Have experience counselling, mentoring, and delivering youth programs
  • Be comfortable with educational technology
  • Demonstrate strong problem-solving abilities
  • Adhere to a framework of care that supports diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • Utilize motivational strategies effectively
  • Manage time efficiently and keep meticulous records

Contract Duties Include:

  1. Executive Functioning and Skill Development:
    • Using cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approaches, along with other evidence-based strategies, to address the executive functioning deficits regularly seen in students with ADHD and executive dysfunction. This includes aiding them in essential skills like time management, organization, planning, emotional regulation, motivation, and activation.
  2. Understanding Challenges:
    • Assisting students in comprehending the nature of their challenges, including how emotions affect efficiency, self-criticism, avoidance patterns, and other barriers.
  3. Skill Application:
    • Assisting students in understanding, planning, and breaking down their assignments into manageable steps.
    • Helping students initiate assignments and set actionable, realistic personal, behavioural, and academic goals based on their learning plans.
  4. Cognitive Reframing:
    • Guiding students to recognize and change their distorted thoughts, replacing them with realistic thinking. This includes aiding them in adopting helpful mantras, like “If it’s not in the planner, it doesn’t exist,” to promote positive thought patterns.
  5. Addressing Emotional Challenges:
    • Assisting students in addressing daily social-emotional challenges such as procrastination, motivation, and task avoidance.
  6. Growth and Empowerment:
    • Promoting the development of student confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.
    • Equipping students with knowledge and usage of assistive technology.
    • Encouraging and guiding students in developing self-advocacy skills.
  7. Monitoring and Reporting:
    • Proactively tracking student academic progress using Evoke progress tools and keeping stakeholders like parents and Evoke informed.
    • Ensuring maintenance of accurate, detailed, and current records of student sessions, which include outcomes, growth, progress, feedback, and performance, while also ensuring confidentiality.
  8. Collaboration with Evoke:
    • Preparing as required for student sessions.
    • Taking responsibility for personal scheduling, including booking and modifying sessions with Evoke clients via Evoke’s Jane App
    • Actively collaborating with Evoke to support student needs and participating in orientation to understand Evoke materials and any new content.


  • A master’s degree in social work, psychotherapy, psychology, counselling psychology, or a related field.
  • Registered Social Worker with OCSWSSW
  • Minimum two years of related experience
  • Training in CBT, and/or DBT, ACT, and MI
  • Certification from a CACBT-recognized CBT program
  • Active CACBT-ACTCC membership
  • ICF-certified coaching credentials are highly valued
  • Current liability insurance

Hours: Minimum of six hours per week, spread over at least three days, including afternoons, evenings, and possibly weekends (Eastern Time).

Compensation: $60-$66 per client hour

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and résumé. Highlight your relevant qualifications, experience with diverse populations, and availability in your cover letter. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Evoke Learning is an equal-opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.