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

Apr 15, 2021
Aurora, Ontario


Posting Date: April 1, 2021

Closing Date:  April 15, 2021

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 for a Clinical Therapist in our Mental Health and Justice Program!

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Clinical Therapist to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are a collaborative, innovative individual who is interested in helping youth and adults who are in conflict with the law build long-term goals, recover from a mental health challenges and increase their independence, then this role is for you! If you are interested in bringing your experience to an innovative, award winning organization that is continuing to grow and expand and you love to utilize your knowledge, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: April 15, 2021

Permanent: Full-time, 35 Hours per Week, Evening Hours 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 #: 2021-022

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 provides clinical services to those connected with the Mental Health and Justice Program; they assist youth and adults (aged 12 years and older) who have a mental illness or dual diagnosis (mental health and developmental disability, traumatic brain injury or concurrent disorder) and are in conflict with the law. Through psychotherapeutic means, the Clinical Therapist will deliver services through a therapeutic relationship based on verbal and non-verbal communication. The Clinical Therapist assists individuals with rehabilitative and reintegration treatment based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, best practices, and evidence informed services that is responsive to youth, family and community strength and needs. Working with the Probation Officer and Manager, the Clinical Therapist delivers: Screening and Assessment, Group and Individual Counselling and Consultation. The Clinical Therapist provides Assessment so that the Youth Probation Officer can create a case management plan for the clients. 

Individual and group therapy is provided according to assessed needs and best practices in counseling and psychotherapy. The Clinical Therapist will initiate the groups (including developing curriculum & promotion) for family and caregivers of the Criminal Justice System. Group sessions will be led by the Clinical Therapist and may be co-facilitated with existing CMHA Case Managers. 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.


  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or a related discipline
  • Current registration with a 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 youth/adults with serious mental illness
  • Minimum Three (3) years’ experience in providing individual and group psychotherapy
  • Experience working with clients in the criminal justice system (asset)
  • 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, Mental Health and Justice 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?

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 Non-Profit Employer of Choice for six consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures & Forbes “Canada’s Best Employers 2021”.

To request this posting in an alternate format or to request accommodation in the application process, email

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:

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

Application Procedures: (For 3rd Party websites)

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at 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.

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