Durham District School Board
Whitby, ON
Organizational Relationship:
Reports to the Chief Social Worker

The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is responsible for public education in the rural settings of Uxbridge, Brock and Scugog Townships and the urban settings of Ajax, Whitby, Pickering and Oshawa. With 131 elementary and secondary schools and learning centres the Board accommodates more than 69,500 regular day students.

The DDSB maintains a constant and strong focus on student achievement and student well-being.

The early recognition of mental health problems and connection with helpful resources is also of importance.

The Social Worker/Attendance Counsellor provides services to and/or works collaboratively with students, families, school/Board personnel and community partners to address emotional, social and/or behavioural issues that are inhibiting student achievement and well-being.

A Social Worker/Attendance Counsellor is assigned to each elementary and secondary school. Each social worker/attendance counsellor provides services to one secondary school and between 4 to 10 elementary schools and carries an average caseload 80 students per year.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Conduct social work assessments to provide a better understanding of the issues effecting student achievement and well-being

Provide individual, family and group counselling when evidence based interventions are indicated to better support student well-being, academic performance and school attendance

Assess risk and the individual needs of students in partnership with school administrators, staff and Special Education Team during tragic and traumatic events and in situations where there is a risk/threat of violence and/or suicide

Collaborate with school administrators, staff, Board personnel, students, parents/guardians and/or community partners in the development of student safety plans

Provide interventions to students, families and schools in times of crisis e.g. Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA), Suicide Intervention Response, trauma response and tragic events

Facilitate the integration of Board and community services for students with complex needs

Determine and facilitate referrals to the most appropriate DDSB services and/or community resources

Liaise with parents/guardians, schools, DDSB Board personnel and community partners in order to advocate and intervene on behalf of students and their families

Demonstrate responsive practices which reflect multiple cultural and social perspectives, and are respectful of diversity

Provide consultation and recommendations to students/parents/guardians, school staff and Special Education Team e.g. attendance, safety/trauma/tragic events and school mental health initiatives etc.

Provide capacity building opportunities for staff and parent(s)/guardian(s) to promote awareness of universal interventions for all students, including class-wide and school-wide initiatives to support student mental health, well-being, achievement and school attendance etc.

Provide professional development for school personnel e.g. student mental health/wellness, protocols/procedures, student attendance

Perform the role of the Attendance Counsellor

In accordance with Standard of Practice, OCSWSSW, complete required documentation

MSW – Masters of Social Work

Membership in good standing OCSWSSW

At least 5 years of experience providing comprehensive social work assessments of children and youth

At least 5 years of experience providing individual and group counselling to children and youth and family counselling

Experience working within a multi-disciplinary setting and with a multi-disciplinary team

ASIST and Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) training an asset

Experience providing services to transitional aged youth an asset

Working knowledge of community mental health and social service agencies/hospitals/programs

Effective written and verbal communication skills

Thank you for your interest in the supply list. Please note that candidates will only be contacted when a need arises during the school year.

The DDSB is committed to equity and inclusion in the recruitment and hiring of qualified staff who reflect the diversity of our region.

We encourage submissions from candidates who represent the various dimensions of diversity.