Child and Family Therapist
START DATE: ASAP
Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre strives to give children and their families the skills and knowledge not just to cope, but to thrive. Established in 1998, we are an accredited charitable organization providing prevention, early intervention, children’s mental health and autism services primarily in Scarborough and East York. We work in partnership with families and communities to strengthen the emotional and social well-being of children and promote their healthy development. Serving more than 11,000 people last year, Aisling Discoveries vision is a community where all children reach their full potential.
POSITION SUMMARY: The primary focus of this position is to provide assessments, service coordination, and treatment services to Scarborough children 4 to 12 years of age and their families. The services provided will include family (walk-in/brief/on-going) and group work counselling.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: A Master’s level education, or equivalent, in Social Work, Psychology, or Social Sciences plus 2 – 3 years of demonstrated relevant experience. Must be a registered member in good standing of the OCSWSSW or CRPO. Must possess and maintain, in good standing, a valid Ontario driver’s license with regular access to the use of a vehicle.
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hours/week. 2 to 3 evenings per week. Hours to be flexible. Work is frequently performed in a broad variety of locations including family homes, office, school, and community settings.
- Develops and provides family and group work service utilizing evidence-based interventions, as required.
- Conducts family and individual assessments and evidence based treatment (family and group work) within the context of flexible service delivery utilizing a client-centred approach
- Elicits client participation in developing the treatment plan and ensures effective implementation of goals
- Functions as “service coordinator” to guide the development and implementation of treatment plans and to ensure that service, including admission and discharge planning, is delivered in a coordinated and timely fashion.
- Collaborates with multidisciplinary staff and involves consultation as appropriate to support assessment, treatment planning, and implementation and ensures that follow-up recommendations are met
- Shares in team coverage responsibilities, utilizing a walk-in clinic model as requested
- Coordinates and plans client-centered services, attends and facilitates internal and external case conferences; advocates on behalf of clients with other service providers.
- May provide information on children’s mental health issues to community groups and public forums.
- Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with community agencies to coordinate and integrate services.
- May develop and/or deliver special programs, community projects and outreach activities as required.
- Maintains appropriate up-to-date recordings, clinical records and data input in accordance with Agency policies and recording guidelines; including initial assessment, ongoing treatment, end of service and discharge reports.
- Adheres to Agency policies, procedures and practices.
- Recognizes, identifies and reports problems, contentious issues and serious incidents and recommends solutions to the manager where appropriate.
- Implements relevant program evaluation processes that ensure the program is meeting expected outcomes.
- Provides direct service hours consistent with Agency requirements.
- Ensures all incidents of a serious nature (e.g. suspected abuse) are immediately reported in accordance with legislative/Agency requirements.
- May supervise and evaluate social work students and/or volunteers placed with the Agency; provides training; guidance and advice to the student; advises supervisor of any performance problems.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS & ABILITIES:
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to demonstrate flexibility and cope with competing demands.
- Strong oral and written communication skills are essential.
- A sound knowledge and application of theoretical models and evidence-based clinical interventions in working with children and families with mental health needs including: family therapy; systems theory; group work theory; child development; cognitive behavior therapy; and trauma informed practice as well as dynamics of family violence, is essential.
- Strong clinical skills in assessment, formulation, and treatment with an ability to utilize flexible strategies for engaging and working with families, individuals, groups and larger systems.
- Child welfare experience is a strong asset.
- Strong ability to work cooperatively with team members and consultants of all disciplines is essential. Additional skills include the ability to work independently and demonstrate team player qualities.
- Must have good time management skills, set priorities, cope with competing demands as well as the ability to meet deadlines is required.
- Must have demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement and adaptation to change.
- The ability to demonstrate resilience in adapting to change, possess and utilize effective self-care strategies is critical.
- Fluency in a second language is an asset.
- Sound clinical judgement, problem solving, and decision-making skills in combination with sound analytical abilities are essential.
- This position requires functional computer knowledge and ability to operate computers and related technology comfortably and efficiently, from word processing to data management.
- Contact with families and external professionals of other disciplines (i.e., education, psychology, social work, psychiatry, medicine, etc.) is frequent and therefore requires professional judgement and discretion at a high level.
- The ability to take charge and demonstrate initiative is helpful.
SALARY: $58,316 - $67,176
Apply in writing:
Aisling Discoveries Child and Family Centre
325 Milner Ave. Suite 110 Scarborough, Ont. M1B 5N1
In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.
*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Potential locations are Eglington or Milner.
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