POSITION: CHILD AND FAMILY THERAPIST
Community Support Services
(1 Permanent Position)
START DATE: ASAP
Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre strives to give children and their families the skills and knowledge not just to cope, but to thrive. Established in 1998, we are an accredited charitable organization providing prevention, early intervention, children’s mental health and autism services primarily in Scarborough and East York. We work in partnership with families and communities to strengthen the emotional and social well-being of children and promote their healthy development. Serving almost 11,000 people last year, Aisling Discoveries vision is a community where all children reach their full potential.
POSITION SUMMARY: The primary focus of this position is to provide direct services, brief family counselling and consultation related to children between the ages of 0-12 yrs. and their parents, and to participate in community development activities focused on prevention and early intervention. Training and consultation for parents, teachers and community professionals will also be a focus. The lead role in the coordination and implementation of projects will be taken. Special programs will be developed and delivered in collaboration with community partners. Services will take place primarily in community based settings.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s level education, or equivalent, in Social Sciences/Social work or Psychology plus 1 – 2 years of demonstrated relevant experience. Child welfare experience is a strong asset. This position requires functional computer knowledge and ability to operate computers and related technology comfortably and efficiently, from word processing to data management. Must possess and maintain, in good standing, a valid Ontario driver’s license with access to the use of a vehicle. Must be a registered member in good standing of the OCSWSSW or CRPO.
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hrs/week, Work is most often performed in a broad variety of locations, including office, school, family
homes and community settings. May be required to work non-standard work hours such as evenings and weekends as determined by service needs.
- Provides direct service hours consistent with Agency requirements.
- Conducts family and individual assessments, including community-based assessment, as necessary.
- Determines treatment direction in collaboration with community professionals and formulates treatment plan.
- Provides family and individual counselling utilizing a brief client-centered approach within a context of flexible service delivery.
- Regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the treatment plan and modifies and/or revises the plan as required in consultation with parents and/or other team members (e.g. community based professional).
- Develops, provides and evaluates evidence-based group programs to children and families, often in collaboration with other community personnel.
- Collaborates with multi-disciplinary staff and utilizes consultants as appropriate, to support assessment, treatment planing and implementation.
- Refers clients and coordinates the transfer of cases to other services, programs, professionals, within the agency and/or to external agencies, resources as necessary.
- Consults with community personnel to design programs and structures that best meets the needs identified.
- Plans, designs and conducts educational sessions, workshops for parents, professionals, teachers and members of the general public.
- Consults with community personnel and parents to develop effective evidence-based intervention strategies;
- Trains and/or consults with community organizations on children’s mental health issues and collaborates on community and inter-agency prevention projects;
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with other community agencies to deliver , co-ordinate and integrate services;
- May be involved in evaluation of projects and research related to specific projects;
- Develops and submits written plans for treatment groups and community workshops or presentations
- Participates in and contributes as a team member to the ongoing review and development of Agency services.
- Adheres to Agency policies, procedures and practices.
- Ensures all incidents of a serious nature (e.g. suspected child abuse) are immediately reported in accordance with
- Adheres to Crisis Management policies and procedures;
- Implements relevant program evaluation processes that ensure the program is meeting expected outcomes;
- Participates in agency or community task forces, committees, and/or group works;
- Performs other duties as assigned
REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- A sound knowledge of theoretical models and evidence-based clinical interventions in working with children and families with mental health needs.
- Strong clinical skills in assessment, formulation, and treatment with an ability to utilize flexible strategies for engaging and working with families, individuals, groups and larger systems.
- Superior group leadership skills are essential. Knowledge of group work theory and experience in conducting children’s and adult groups are required.
- Knowledge of family therapy, systems theory, group work theory, child development, and dynamics of family violence and sexual/physical abuse, is essential.
- Knowledge of community development, program evaluation and the principles of project management and implementation are needed.
- Knowledge of the community served by the Agency; and a demonstrated understanding of access and equity issues; and awareness and sensitivity to diversity in the workplace and within the community are required.
- Must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to demonstrate flexibility.
- Strong oral and written communication skills are required.
- Strong leadership skills and the ability to work cooperatively with others are essential. Additional skills include the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Must have good planning, organizational and demonstrated ability to achieve desired outcomes. The ability to take charge, set priorities, cope with competing demands is required.
- Must have good time management skills and demonstrate initiative as well as the ability to meet deadlines.
- Must have demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement and adaptation to change. Additional skills include the ability to offer consultation to professionals and parents while respecting the strengths and feelings of those to whom consultation is being offered; an ability to operate independently and within a teamwork approach; as well as an ability to understand and articulate strengths and specialized mental health needs verbally and in writing.
- Must work effectively with minimal supervision.
- Fluency in a second language is an asset.
- The ability to exercise sound judgement, problem solving, and decision making skills with minimal supervision are essential.
- An ability to seek consultation appropriately is required. Contact with parents and caregivers as well as with external professionals of various disciplines (e.g. education, psychology, social work, psychiatry, medicine, etc.) may occur and requires professional judgment and discretion at a high level.
SALARY RANGE: $58,316 ----- $67,176
APPLY IN WRITING TO: Manager, Human Resources
Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre
325 Milner Avenue, Suite 110;
Scarborough ,ON M1B 5N1
DEADLINE: Wednesday October 31, 2018 5:00 pm
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.
*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Job Type: Full-time
- Master's Degree (Preferred)
- CRPO or OCSWSSW (Required)