Carizon Family and Community Services

Adult Mental Health Worker

Oct 18, 2019
Kitchener, Ontario

Polaris is a multi-disciplinary team providing support and treatment to families who have one or more children with significant mental health challenges. What Polaris offers to these families is: service coordination; individual, family and group therapy; in-home and respite support, and connection to informal community supports. Their goal is that families will be stronger, healthier, better connected and stay together.

The Adult Mental Health Worker meets with the adults in these families and provides support, intervention and treatment. They invite adults to support their children’s treatment and to receive their own treatment. The Adult Mental Health Worker assists with the coordination of mental health services to the families and with the treatment program for the adults, which may include individual support and therapy, family therapy and group psychoeducation and therapy. This may also include support to adults with respect to service navigation and connections/relationship building with formal and informal supports in the community.  They do this work in the office, in family homes and in other community settings.


  • Participate in and contribute to the comprehensive assessment of families’ needs and desires;
  • Assess the mental health and addiction needs of the adult family members;
  • Coordinate the services offered to adult family members;
  • Advise and support adult family members as they navigate the adult mental health and addictions systems;
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive knowledge of and connections to the local adult mental health and addictions treatment system;
  • Provide support and treatment to adults, individually, in families and in groups using a trauma informed motivational interviewing approach and with stage matched interventions;
  • Contribute to the Polaris treatment planning process;
  • Complete documentation according to the Polaris team practices and Carizon policies.

  • Diploma or degree in social work, social service work or a related discipline, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
  • Experience of working with families with children with mental health challenges;
  • Experience of providing support and/or treatment to adults with significant mental health/trauma/addiction challenges;
  • Knowledge of attachment based developmental trauma and trauma work in general;
  • Knowledge of and experience in motivational interviewing and staged matched interventions;
  • Knowledge of the local adult mental health and addictions systems, ideally with existing personal connections within these systems and if not with an ability to network effectively;
  • Training in or willingness to be training in PMAB, First Aid and CPR;
  • Experience in group work.

Application Instruction

Interested applicants are invited to submit their resume (in confidence), before 4:00 p.m. on the last day of this posting to: Human Resources via email:

We request that candidates please send their cover letter and resume together as one combined document (Word.doc, PDF etc.).

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