Youth Counsellor

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
John Howard Society of York Region
  • Counselor: Youth
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Social Work
Part Time
  • Ontario - York Region - M
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-12-022019-12-16

JOB TITLE: Youth Counsellor (Part- Time- 2-3 days a week)

PROGRAM: Youth Counselling Program  

REPORTS TO: Program Coordinator

The John Howard Society of York Region is a non-profit, charitable organization serving residents of York Region. The organization works with individuals involved in any stage of criminal justice involvement and their families.

The Youth Counselling Program is an evidence-based program that builds social and emotional learning (SEL) skills to promote mental health and address addictions. The program is offered for youth ages 11-24. Youth will enhance knowledge and skills to improve their capacity to make informed choices supporting healthy living. The function of this position is to provide individualized counselling for youth at the JHS office or in community agency locations.



  • Meet with youth to complete comprehensive assessment and intake
  • Provide a mixture of daytime and evening weekly counselling sessions
  • Provide intervention, with clinical outcomes to be achieved through application of evidenced-based practices with ongoing monitoring of impact
  • Complete all required intake forms, case notes, statistics, and reporting as required
  • Distribute and collect pre and post evaluations
  • Monitor completion of counselling requirements and prepare reports for court
  • Adhere to directives and program standards of John Howard Society of York Region
  • Complete all required training
  • Attend staff meetings



  • BSW, MSW, College Counselling Diploma or equivalent combination of experience and education
  • Membership with a relevant college/registering body required
  • Minimum 2 years direct care experience working with youth with substance use and mental health problems
  • Demonstrates a caring, supportive approach that maintains dignity and integrity of youth receiving services
  • Possess an understanding of institutional and other systemic barriers and how they impact youth development and access to services
  • Understanding of the YCJA and complex criminogenic risks and needs facing young people is considered an asset
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills and abilities
  • Knowledge of community resources for youth throughout York Region
  • Knowledge of crisis intervention techniques
  • A flexible and non-judgmental approach to people and work
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs
  • Ability to work with diverse youth populations and communities with an awareness of socioeconomic and language barriers
  • Flexible schedule to accommodate for evening and daytime sessions as needed
  • Ability to speak a second language is an asset
  • Access to a vehicle is preferred


Please note: JHSYR is an equal opportunity employer. We are building a workforce which is representative of the York Region community and our programs and policies are designed to foster diversity and inclusion. Our organization is committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free. JHSYR offers accommodation for applicants with disabilities in its recruitment processes.  If you are contacted regarding a job opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who apply and advise that we will be responding only to those selected for an interview. 


To Apply:

Interested applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter by December 16th 2019 by 4:00PM.


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