Youth Justice Family Outreach Worker

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Central Toronto Youth Services
  • Community Outreach
  • Counselor: Family / Group
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Metro Toronto Area - Toronto
Experienced (Non-manager)$58,314.10 - 69,630.082019-05-132019-05-20

Family Focused Outreach Worker

(1 year full time maternity leave contract with benefits – bargaining unit position at CTYS)

This is an exciting opportunity to be a member of YJ Mental Health ACCESS Team,  supporting youth and families involved with the youth justice system.  YJ MH ACCESS provides mental health assessments and brief mental health service to youth and families referred from Toronto probation and mental health court workers. The family worker will focus specifically on the engagement of family to improve family functioning by affecting change in the family system. Many of our youth justice clients are being referred to services after a family breakdown has occurred and the youth find themselves without the family support that can be a positive factor in their reintegration. The family focused intervention would be based on a community outreach model. The family worker would meet with the family in the community and/or family home. Flexibility is required to work some evenings to accommodate family schedules. This is a brief service model.

Responsibilities:

  • To engage families of youth identified and referred by Toronto probation services, mental health court workers and collaborative agency partners
  • Work collaboratively with youth, parents and probation services to develop individualized assessment and effective service delivery plans using strengths based family systems approach
  • To work effectively with mental health collaborative partners, youth , parents, probation services and other workers who are part of the youth’s team
  • Engage in family counselling by working with parent(s) and/or young person jointly and individually
  • Address relational and communication issues within family
  • Support parents to develop parenting skills and competency
  • Provide psychoeducation for parents
  • Support parents to address individual and systemic issues in order to build stability and support for youth
  • Work with parents to address challenges and develop skills in systems navigation
  • To transition youth and families to community based services and other resources when required
  • Participate in program and evaluation development
  • Ensure that all reporting and documentation meets requirements and are completed in a timely manner
  • Participate in supervision, program meetings, all-staff meetings, clinical consultations, peer consultations, committee/partnership meetings and professional development as required

Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience working from an anti-oppressive framework with youth and families from diverse ethno-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds including youth with diverse intellectual abilities and racialized communities
  • A graduate degree in Social Work or related helping profession
  • Membership in the appropriate professional regulatory body
  • Minimum two years experience working in children’s mental health
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Y.J system
  • Experience working with families from a community outreach model
  • Experience working with trauma informed, resiliency and strength based approaches
  • Experience working with youth who are involved with the youth justice system
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the youth justice system and collateral service providers
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport and engage marginalized youth and their families
  • Knowledge of program development and evaluation is an asset
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle

Salary Range:   58,314.10 – 69,630.08

Start Date: June 2019

We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. CTYS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection and hiring process. As employers we are committed to building organizations that reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage people of colour, queer people, trans people, people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental health challenges to apply.

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