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Clinical Director - Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre

Sep 21, 2019
Ottawa Area, Ontario

The Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth (13-21) and families across Ontario overcome substance use, mental health and related issues. DSYTC delivers evidence-based programming from 3 campuses: Carleton Place (male residential), Carp (female residential) and Stittsville (outreach).  

Job Summary

The Clinical Director, as part of the senior leadership team, is responsible for providing clinical leadership and maintaining the fidelity of the organization’s clinical model. The Clinical Director provides mentorship and clinical supervision to all clinical staff and fosters an environment that encourages and expects continuous clinical improvement, collaboration and effectiveness. Furthermore, the Clinical Director helps ensure all clinical team members remain constantly aware of new improvements in the field of counseling and psychotherapy, engages in reflective practice, and approaches their respective roles with the utmost professionalism and a client-centered perspective. The Clinical Director works closely with the Executive Director in the domains of clinical training and program development and is responsible for engaging both internal and external stakeholders as a representative of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC).

Core Responsibilities

  • Reports to the Executive Director; actively engages as part of the management team and regularly participates in an ‘on-call’ capacity.
  • Oversees the work of all clinical staff, including those working from the two residential campuses, Assertive Continuing Care Counsellors and Family Services.
  • Monitors and supports the services provided by the consulting psychiatrist, and supports the collaboration/partnership with other allied health professionals (e.g., teachers, nurse practitioners, etc.
  • Ensures adherence to established evidence-based practices.
  • Supports and provides clinical orientation, training and supervision.
  • Leads clinical program development.
  • Monitors clinical performance trends in a number of areas including occupancy, engagement and discharge rates and mitigating factors which detrimentally impact such indicators.
  • Helps ensure all necessary clinical policies and procedures are in place, communicated to the appropriate recipients and implemented as required.
  • Supports and often oversees various administrative and human resource duties including clinical staff hiring scheduling, performance management and the orientation and supervision of student interns and clinical volunteers.
  • Aids in the engagement of internal and external stakeholders through varied communication means and actively participates in relevant committees and/or community events as required.

Education & Training

  • Minimum of a graduate degree within the social service sphere (e.g., social work, counseling psychology, educational counseling, etc.).
  • Member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario OR other recognized registration body (e.g., Ontario College of Social Work).

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in clinical management/supervisory roles.
  • Minimum 10 years of clinical experience in working with youth and families with mental health and/or addiction issues (e.g., concurrent disorders)

Conditions of Employment

  • Hours of work will be based on the Centre’s hours of operation and program requirements, including an ‘on-call’ rotation.
  • Residential sites are located in Carleton Place, Carp and Stittsville; regular travel between all sites is imperative.
  • Use of a vehicle and a full G driver’s license is required


  • CPR/First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) – certified trainer and administration
  • Adolescent  Community Reinforcement Approach (ACRA) / Assertive Continuing Care (ACC) – certified clinical supervisor

Competency Levels

  • Understanding Substance Use (Advanced)
  • Counseling (Advanced)
  • Understanding Concurrent Disorders (Advanced)
  • Conflict Management   (Advanced)
  • Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation  (Advanced)
  • Client Service Orientation (Advanced)
  • Collaboration and Network Building (Advanced)
  • Developing Others (Advanced)
  • Effective Communication (Advanced)
  • Ethical Conduct and Professionalism (Advanced)
  • Leadership (Advanced)
  • Self-Management (Advanced)
  • Teamwork and Cooperation (Advanced)

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, opportunities for personal and professional growth in a supportive environment. Should the applicant require any accommodations during the application process please notify Human Resources as per the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.   

If interested, please forward your CV application to Human Resources at

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

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