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Clinical Youth Outreach Worker - Strides Toronto

Dec 08, 2023
Toronto, Ontario


Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing a wide range of exceptional programs and services that improve the mental, social and physical health of infants, children and youth from the pre-natal stage to age 29, and their families.  With a range of community, residential and treatment services, we build strength and resilience through equitable, accessible, client-driven services, system leadership and advocacy. We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support. In its Lead Agency role, Strides Toronto collaborates with 23 publicly funded infant, child and youth mental health (ICYMH) core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that promote access, responsive service delivery and experience, and positive mental health outcomes for young people and families across Toronto's diverse communities. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we invite you to visit our website at



The Clinical Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) is a full-time permanent position that provide a range of outreach, and clinical prevention and early intervention services to youth, families, and youth groups to enhance and maintain a youth’s development within his or her respective community.

Salary range:     $67,180 to $77,898 per annum 

Benefits:             Competitive Group Health Benefits, Defined Contribution Pension plan 

This position is represented by OPSEU local 567.


  • We provide a hybrid work model and competitive Group Health Benefits and Pension Plan. 
  • We provide opportunities for growth and professional development.
  • We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment where our diverse team members and clients can thrive.
  • We have a collaborative and supportive Senior Management Team.
  • We set high standards for performance, client outcomes, and implement best practices, which are demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.



  • Provide a range of clinical mental health and other services that are responsive to a youth’s individual need that enhance and maintain their development within the community 
  • Engage in professional development activities and record accurate client information that is reflective of organizational policies, accreditation and ministry standards, while illustrating the goals, targets and deliverables of identified services.
  • Develop, plan, and implement workshops, programs, and skill development groups internally and within the community
  • Develop and nurture strong community linkages (stakeholder relationships) for the purpose of engagement and response to crisis as required
  • Respond and participate in organizational wide initiatives.


The following education, professional memberships and knowledge are a requirement for this role: 

  • Master's degree in Social Work, Counseling Psychology or equivalent.
  • Registration/membership in a registered professional association for practitioners in clinical therapy/ psychotherapy such as CRPO or OCSWSSW
  • 1 year of directly related experience
  • Working knowledge of Stages of Change model.
  • Working knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and other clinical interventions. 
  • Knowledge of youth engagement strategies.
  • Knowledge of family engagement strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers internally and externally.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of mental health, high risk youth and the impact of community-based violence and other trauma incidents on youth development.
  • Awareness of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and within the community being served by the position.
  • An understanding of anti-black racism, anti-oppressive/anti-racism perspective in the context of the social determinants of health.
  • Ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of imbalance of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible negative impacts.


While not required, preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Functional computer and client information system knowledge.
  • Fluency in another language(s), including sign language.


As our work puts us in direct contact with youth and vulnerable persons in our community, with health and safety as a priority, the successful candidate must complete or obtain the following before commencement of their employment:

  • A Vulnerable Sector police check.
  • A positive police check does not automatically disqualify an applicant for a position with Strides Toronto.  The Police Check will be reviewed and evaluated for the purpose of making a decision on suitability for employment in relation to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position being filled.   



Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your demonstrated education, certification (if applicable), working and related volunteer experience and how you meet specific requirements for this position, and any additional considerations you deem appropriate. The application deadline is December 8, 2023.

Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We benefit from diversity of lived experiences in the workplace and encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.  Strides Toronto is a participant in the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge, a program which challenges organizations to improve access for women and/or non-binary people and other equity-deserving groups, including those identifying as: racialized, Black, and/or people of colour, people with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples to  increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace.  

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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