Counsellor

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa
  • Counselor: Individual
  • Healthcare: Mental Health, Psychiatry, Psychology, Clinical Therapy
Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Experienced (Non-manager)$40.34 - 41.72(Hourly)2019-08-142019-10-11

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch (CMHA) is a private non-profit charitable organization dedicated to promoting good mental health and improving the quality of life for individuals experiencing serious mental illness. The Community Support Services of CMHA provides outreach and long-term intensive support to individuals with serious mental illness and substance abuse disorders who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. CMHA Community Support Services are available to active clients of the agency 7 days a week.

CMHA currently has a vacancy for the following position:

COUNSELLOR

Permanent Full-Time

Type of Position:    Full-Time, flexible hours may be required

Length of Term:      Permanent

Hours of Work:       35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Pay Range:              $40.34 - $41.72 per hour

Position Summary:

This position falls within a province-wide demonstration project called the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies Program (IASP). As part of this project, fidelity to the model will be critical, and participation in the on-going evaluation of the IASP program is essential. The program will provide an excellent opportunity for a counsellor who is interested in undertaking intensive training and contributing to the development of the IASP program, while it is being delivered.

Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Community Mental Health Counselling and Treatment, the Counsellor provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) using individual and, or, group therapy approaches. The Counsellor will support individuals with a range of complex problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective. (For the first year of the position, following the completion of an intensive training module, the counsellor will attend at a minimum, CBT training 1 day a week and work directly with clients 4 days a week.)

Clients will be referred by their primary health care providers to the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies Program (IASP) centralized intake, managed by the Royal Ottawa Hospital (ROH). The IASP is directed at individuals living with mild to moderate depression and anxiety, or major depression, who may present with a range of complex problems.

ESSENTIAL MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: 

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Science in Nursing, Education in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, or equivalent degree.
  • Must have and maintain the right to practice the controlled act of Psychotherapy within the Province of Ontario (i.e. currently a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario and, or, qualified as a member in good standing to practice psychotherapy with a regulated health college as per the Psychotherapy Act 2007, and its Regulations, as set out in the regulations and policies of that College.)

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Three years of direct counselling experience working with individuals with mild to moderate depression and mental health challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to manage own caseload and time
  • Demonstrated ability to meet specified service targets
  • Demonstrated high standards of communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated skills in working as a member of a team and fostering good working relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to establish positive and supportive relationships with clients
  • Demonstrated skills in working with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrated assessment skills
  • Demonstrated non-judgmental attitude toward individuals who choose alternative lifestyles
  • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations, including suicide interventions
  • Demonstrated skills in analysis of individuals and systemic issues impacting clientsStrong organizational and planning skills
  • Technical and computer skills including MS Word, PowerPoint and client databases
  • Recent training/knowledge and demonstrated experience in providing CBT is an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to work with complex issues and trauma
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently within team/program guidelines, and best practices
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a respectful, collaborative and professional approach with clients and colleagues

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Personal Suitability:

  • Able to maintain a mature problem-solving attitude while dealing with interpersonal conflict, personal rejection, hostility or time demands.
  • Able to work with other professionals particularly from other disciplines to problem solve and achieve common goals in a participative manner using a cooperative approach
  • Able to communicate with others in a warm and helpful manner while simultaneously building credibility and rapport
  • Able to take action to solve problems while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues, able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics/situations.
  • Able to relate to routine operations in a manner that is consistent with existing policy and procedures; able to conform to established policy and procedures.
  • Able to use a systematic approach in solving problems through analysis of problem and evaluation of alternative solutions.

Language designation:

  • English essential.

Vehicle:  

  • Use of a vehicle and a valid Class G Driver’s License are essential in meeting the demands of the job.

Application Deadline:                                                                            

The Canadian Mental Health Association is committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted about this job posting, please advise us if you require any accommodations regarding the interview process.

Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment must produce a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check, proof of academic achievement and meet all legal requirements for driving.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Canadian Mental Health Association

OTTAWA BRANCH

Title: Counsellor                    

Reports to:   Senior Program Manager, Community Mental Health Counselling and Treatment

Program: Community Support Services        

Approved by:   Executive Director                          

Date Approved: June 2018                            Date Revised:

 

 

Canadian Mental Health Association

Ottawa Branch

Job Specifications – Counsellor

STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education & Registration
    • Completion of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Science in Nursing, Education in Counselling, Psychotherapy, Occupational Therapy, or equivalent degree.
    • Must have and maintain the right to practice the controlled act of Psychotherapy within the Province of Ontario (i.e. currently a Registered Psychotherapist in the Province of Ontario and, or, qualified as a member in good standing with a regulated health college as per the Psychotherapy Act 2007, and its Regulations, as set out in the regulations and policies of that College.)
    • Experience
    • Three years of direct counselling experience working with individuals with mild to moderate depression and mental health challenges
    • Demonstrated ability to manage own caseload and time
    • Demonstrated ability to meet specified service targets
    • Knowledge
    • Demonstrated knowledge of risk factors and risk assessment
    • Demonstrated knowledge of resources and services available to clients
    • Demonstrated knowledge of professional standards and ethical guidelines for the practise of psychotherapy
    • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the culture, history and current oppressions experienced by people related to mental health challenges
    • Demonstrated understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in Primary Care
    • Comprehensive knowledge of mental illness, substance use disorders and treatments
    • Demonstrated specific knowledge of health issues and of social problems associated with psychiatric disabilities, poverty, and the impact of mental illness on functional capacity
  • Skills
    • Demonstrated high standards of communication skills (written and verbal)
    • Demonstrated skills in working as member of a team and fostering good working relationships
    • Demonstrated ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
    • Ability to establish positive and supportive relationships with clients
    • Demonstrated skills in working with diverse groups of people
    • Demonstrated assessment skills
    • Demonstrated non-judgmental attitude toward individuals who choose alternative lifestyles
    • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations, including suicide interventions
    • Demonstrated skills in analysis of individuals and systemic issues impacting clients
    • Strong organizational and planning skills
    • Technical and computer skills including MS Word, PowerPoint and client databases
    • Recent training/knowledge and demonstrated experience in providing CBT is an asset
  • Abilities
    • Demonstrated ability to work with complex issues and trauma
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently within team/program guidelines, and best practices
    • Demonstrated ability  to maintain  a respectful, collaborative  and professional approach with clients and colleagues
    • Languages
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French is an asset
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French is mandatory in designated as bilingual English, French
    • Fluency in other languages is an asset

Physical Demands

    • Counselling services are provided primarily in an office setting. The position requires a minimal amount of physical activity, such as lifting. The services are primarily provided sitting down, or standing for group/community programming.

Working Conditions

    • Counselling services are provided in private confidential office space. Limited travel may be required relevant to the location of the services provided.
    • May including working flexible hours

Other Requirements

Coping:

Able to maintain a mature problem-solving attitude while dealing with interpersonal conflict, personal rejection, hostility or time demands.

Interaction: Able to communicate with others in a warm and helpful manner while simultaneously building credibility and rapport

Policy and Procedures: Able to relate to routine operations in a manner that is consistent with existing policy and procedures; able to conform to established policy and procedures.

Energizing: Able to create positive energy (motivation) in both individuals and groups

Analytical problem solving: Able to use a systematic approach in solving problems through analysis of problem and evaluation of alternative solutions.

Decision making and problem solving: Able to take action to solve problems while exhibiting judgment and a realistic understanding of issues, able to use reason, even when dealing with emotional topics/situations.

Teamwork: Able to work with other professionals particularly from other disciplines to problem solve and achieve common goals in a participative manner using a cooperative approach

A valid Class G driver’s license, car and insurance are required for this position.Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide a Police Records Check for the vulnerable Sector.Applicants for positions designated as Bilingual, English and French will be required to undergo language testing.  

 

DISCLAIMER

Because of the changing nature of work and the work to be done, the job specifications may be changed or altered as required.

 

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