Individual & Family Therapist – Walk in/Ongoing

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Skylark Children, Youth & Families
  • Healthcare: Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Clinical Therapy
Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-08-142019-08-26

POSITION TITLE: Individual & Family Therapist – Walk in/Ongoing

LOCATION: 65 Wellesley St E, Toronto
POSITION TYPE: Full-time regular (37.5 hours/week)

Skylark is looking for a dynamic therapist to join our Counselling Team. We offer a range of individual, family and group counselling services to youth between 12 and 21 years of age and their families; an Intensive Child and Family Service, supporting young people from birth to 18; and, various mental-health walk-in programs, serving children, youth and young adults from birth to age 26. Therapists address a range of mental health issues, including emotional, behavioral and/or psychiatric symptoms that may be impacting one’s functioning at home, school, socially or in the community, as well as situational challenges including family conflict, bullying, trauma, substance use, struggles with psychiatric diagnoses, etc. Intervention strategies are determined following a thorough intake and assessment. The Candidate for this position will provide mostly counselling in our walk in programs but will also hold a small ongoing counselling caseload.

Experience with/lived experience of oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia and/or ableism and/or personal connection to queer or trans communities of color, including newcomer and disability communities will be an asset for applicants.

• Provide immediate, single-session counselling using a Brief-Solution Focused and/or Narrative Therapy approach for children, youth and their families from birth to 26
• Provide brief and ongoing therapy to children, youth and families age 12-21
• Formulate assessment and treatment plans and provide therapeutic counselling using a range of Evidence-Based and/or Evidence-informed Practices and provision of psycho-education as needed
• Provision of flexible, creative service to children, youth and families experiencing complex challenges, requiring various levels of service in order to strengthen their ability to manage more effectively by building on their strengths
• Liaise with other professionals and work from a multi-disciplinary framework including, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals
• Provide consultations to school personnel and give presentations in the community as required
• Provide case management for clients with multiple needs, i.e. refer clients to other Skylark programs when appropriate and liaise with workers from those programs to best support clients and meet their needs; refer to external service providers as needed
• Builds and maintains effective interactions with colleagues at Skylark Children, Youth & Families, focused on individual, team and agency success
• Observes the confidential nature of the agency’s services
• Organizes own work to meet scheduled deadlines and program demands, including clinical reports.
• Ensures the client record is maintained as per agency standards
• Aligns own work and behaviour with agency mission, vision and values and in adherence to agency policies and procedures.

• Sound knowledge of evidenced informed treatment modalities including but not limited to, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Trauma-informed therapy, Attachment-based therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
• Sound knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development
• Knowledge of community and agency programs including transitional age youth and adult services
• Demonstrated sound judgement related to the development of collaborative approaches working with youth and their families; including high risk circumstances and safety planning
• Ability to work with and integrate knowledge from other professional staff, i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists, etc.
• 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; ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment, exercising professional judgement in conflictual and stressful situations
• Sound writing skills with a strong record in completing documentation properly and in a timely manner
• Excellent organizational and administrative skills
• Proficiency with computer skills, including Microsoft Office, client data-base (CYSIS) and social media literacy
• Participation in quality assurance, evaluation and research activities, as required
• Ability to identify clinical learning needs and seek consultation and support through supervision.

• Masters of social work or Masters of Counselling Psychology
• 2 years of professional experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
• Thorough knowledge of the principle techniques and methods of individual/family therapy and treatment techniques with ability to apply them as needed
• Proven group facilitation skills, preferably utilizing Evidence Based Practices
• Proven assessment and advocacy skills
• Suicide risk assessment and intervention skills
• Ability to develop collaborative working relationships with other staff ability to connect and build rapport with adolescents
• Ability to work with and integrate knowledge from other professional staff, i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists, into the overall treatment plan
• Experience working with youth struggling with depression, anxiety, strained social relationships eating disorders, self-injurious behavior, trauma, psychiatric diagnoses, difficult family dynamics, learning disabilities etc.

• Willing to work a flexible schedule to accommodate the needs of the youth and family.

• Satisfactory clearance under the Vulnerable Sector Screening program.

Interested applicants are invited to submit both their cover letter and resume in only PDF or Microsoft word format to Amanda Pearse, at on or before August 26, 2019.

Please refrain from pasting the cover letter to the body of the email.

Please quote: Individual & Family Therapist – Walk in/Ongoing in the subject line.

Skylark is strongly committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including applicants from all cultures, racialized communities, abilities, diverse sexual and gender identities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.

We ask applicants to make any accommodation requests for the interview or selection process known in advance by contacting the Human Resources Department at (416) 482-0081 ext.278. Human Resources will work together with the hiring committee to arrange reasonable and appropriate accommodation for the selection process which will enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.