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Clinical Therapist - Clinical Therapy Program - Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe

Nov 25, 2020
Aurora, Ontario

                                                                                                                        INTERNAL / EXTERNAL POSTING

                                                                                                                      Posting Date: November 11, 2020

                                                                                                                        Closing Date: November 25, 2020

Message about our hiring and operating practices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Canadian Mental Health York Region and South Simcoe branch (CMHA-YRSS) is continuing to provide much-needed mental health services. As an organization, we are protecting our staff through supporting either working from home, or physical distancing, and other public health directives for essential services staff working on-site. Rest assured that your well-being is our top priority and we have appropriate health and safety measures in place at each stage of the recruiting process and throughout our operations.

We are looking a Clinical Therapist in our Clinical Therapy Program!

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Clinical Therapist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! We are looking for someone who is interested in bringing their Clinical Therapy experience to foster independence, self-determination, competence and hope by employing appropriate psychotherapeutic strategies that incorporate empowerment/Recovery approaches. If you want to support the mental health and well-being of others, want to join an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand, and you would love to work on this stellar multidisciplinary team to help clients in their moments of need, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: November 25, 2020

Permanent, Full-Time, 35 hours per week, evenings and weekends may be required.

Comprehensive Health Benefits: Excellent Benefits Package: Full Extended Health & Dental, Life Insurance, EAP, STD, LTD, & Pension Plan. Generous paid time off including vacation, sick, personal days.

Competition #: 2020-070

Location: In accordance with current public health directives, training will be available both remotely (i.e., via teleconference and videoconferencing technologies) as well as onsite while respecting physical distancing. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, work can be completed primarily from home with equipment provided by CMHA.

Once public health directives are lifted, the Clinical Therapist will be working primarily in our Aurora Office (15150 Yonge Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1M2) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

 Job Profile:

The Clinical Therapist works with clients 16 years of age and older who are experiencing mental illness, and provides assessment and treatment of cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioral symptoms through psychotherapeutic means, delivered through a therapeutic relationship based on verbal and non-verbal communication. The Clinical Therapist assists individuals with disorders of thought, cognition, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously disrupt their judgment, insight, behavior, communication, interpersonal relationships, and social functioning.

Individual and group therapy is provided according to assessed needs and best practices in counseling and psychotherapy. The Clinical Therapist collaborates with clients to develop a personal empowerment plan that includes improved symptom management and reduced distress, richer interpersonal relationships, and increased personal capacity to realize goals and aspirations and participate fully in community life. Other duties as required.

In addition to compliance with all organizational policies and procedures, the incumbent is also expected to behave ethically, demonstrate competence in effective communication and team building, demonstrate effectiveness in working in a collaborative environment, and demonstrate confidence in decision-making and in building relationships.

Requirements:

  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or a related discipline
  • Current registration with a relevant regulatory body under the Regulated Health Professions Act (cannot be in the qualifying stages)
  • Minimum Three (3) years’ experience in a community-based organization working with adults with serious mental illness
  • Minimum Three (3) years’ experience in providing individual and group psychotherapy
  • Strong knowledge of DBT
  • Minimum of Three (3) years’ experience in facilitating therapy groups is a requirement
  • Strong knowledge of CBT and Mindfulness
  • Knowledge and experience in other treatment modalities is an asset
  • A second language (Farsi, Russian, Mandarin, Arabic, French and Tagalog) reflecting the local community is an asset.
  • Knowledge of systemic issues and social determinants of health such as poverty, unemployment, stigma, and the isolation felt by individuals with serious mental illness and their families
  • Knowledge of Ontario Mental Health Act and mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Psychotherapy Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment oriented philosophies and practices in work with consumers
  • A valid Canadian Full G driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance
  • A satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening (Police Check)

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an individual assigned to the job. This information is not constructed to be an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel in the job.

This position reports to and is supervised by the Manager, People & Teams in the Clinical Therapy Program. 

Working Conditions: Office work, community settings, meetings in clients’ home and travel with clients. 

Disclaimer:  In keeping with mental health reform, best practices, funding and direction this position may later require knowledge, skills, abilities and working conditions not noted here.

Why work for CMHA-York Region and South Simcoe?

We are a team committed to our vision of mental health support for all. That means we respect that our clients are the experts in their recovery journey and that our role is to provide support, resources and opportunities based on their hopes and dreams.  It means that we foster and encourage an entrepreneurial spirit to create, implement, and sustain innovative, evidence based and transformational impact.  We seek out and build partnerships, collaborate and share knowledge to be the most culturally competent team and fully integrated service delivery partner.

Our team cares for each other.  We have our own team values of trust, respect, teamwork and communication.  We have been a National Nonprofit Employer of Choice for four consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email AODA@cmha-yr.on.ca

Application Procedures: (For our website)

If you are interested in this opportunity, click on the “Apply Now” button above and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume.

Complete the application form and submit the following:

  • Cover letter with 300 words or less and tell us why you would want the Clinical Therapist role and why you should be considered for the position (PDF or Word)
  • Resume (PDF or Word)

Application Procedures: (For 3rd Party websites)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at https://cmha-yr.on.ca/get-involved/careers-placements/ and click on Current Opportunities, and click on Apply Now and proceed to upload your cover letter and resume."

CMHA-YRSS supports the recovery of people with mental illness and promotes diversity in the workplace. We welcome all applicants including persons with lived experience, women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+, visible minority and immigrant communities to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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