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Mental Health Outreach Counsellor - The Regional Municipality of Durham

Oct 03, 2021
Whitby North, Ontario

Family Services Durham (FSD) is a multifaceted Division of the Social Services Department of the Regional Municipality of Durham. Successful candidates will join a team of highly skilled Social Workers and Psychotherapists. Durham Region's Social Services Department has a reputation for promoting wellness in the workplace. It has received the highest award from Excellence Canada; the Order of Excellence, and it has achieved a Gold Level in the standard for Excellence, Innovation, and Wellness. Employees receive a competitive benefit package, including a government pension (OMERS) with matching contributions from the employer. FSD has a strong commitment to continuous learning and professional development, encouraging staff members to pursue leading edge, evidence-based training, within a short-term framework.

Reporting to the Area Manager, the successful candidate will provide counselling and mental health outreach services.

The incumbent will:

  • Provide outreach clinical counselling/psychotherapy services to vulnerable populations, including those who are unsheltered and under-housed and who may have mental health and addiction challenges

  • Analyze and assess the needs of clients to determine individual case plans and appropriate counselling

  • Formulate and implement treatment plans utilizing applicable resources and establishing suitable timeframes for achievement of goals

  • Evaluate the treatment of services seeking feedback from clients to determine overall effectiveness and recommend appropriate alterations to ensure optimal outcomes

  • Develop and deliver interactive psychoeducational wellness seminars to internal and external agencies targeting the specific needs of the particular group

  • Maintain confidential clinical records of treatment contacts and assessment information for report management purposes

  • Provide consultation to other Departments of the Region and to community agencies, professionals, and community groups and represent the Social Services Department and the Family Services Division on committees within the Region and externally.

  • Perform other duties as assigned such as providing coverage on an as needed basis for the Primary Care Outreach Program, on call Critical Incident Response Services and other clinical counselling/psychotherapy services

The successful applicant will possess:

  • A completed Master's Degree in a Social Work program or a related discipline

  • Five years post master's level experience, providing individual, couple and family clinical counselling/psychotherapy. Experience providing a minimum 2500 hrs post master's level clinical counselling/psychotherapy and evidence-based treatment and interventions will be considered

  • Knowledge and experience working with addictions/substance use, mental health and vulnerable populations who are underhoused and/or experiencing housing challenges is an asset

  • Extensive knowledge of various theoretical orientations and practice models and their applications in individual, couple and family work

  • Extensive knowledge of best practices working with different populations and concerns, including the ability to work effectively with clients of diverse backgrounds and identities

  • Knowledge of the unique experiences of equity seeking communities and impact on mental health and other outcomes

  • Belong to a relevant professional Colleges (i.e. College of Register Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and/or Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), and/or College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO) in the Associate category)

  • Superior verbal and written communication skills with the ability to interact professionally with clients and other professionals

  • Demonstrated skills in analysis of systemic issues impacting individuals and ability to work with complex issues and trauma

  • Ability to manage client crisis and engage in suicide or homicide risk assessment and intervention

  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment and individually with community agencies

  • Excellent interpersonal, organization, and time management skills

  • Experience with training/teaching in one or more areas of mental health, family life education, or organizational support and development deemed an asset

  • A Valid Ontario Class 'G' Driver's Licence

CUPE 1764-04 Wage Rates

This position will be paid at the following hourly rates:

  • Start: $45.10 - 1 Year: $47.60 - 2 Year: $50.11

Conditions of Employment

Prior to the start date, the successful candidate will be required to provide a satisfactory Police Vulnerable Sector Check dated within two (2) months from date of hire. Proof of education, qualifications and any other job bona fide requirements will also be collected.

External Application Process

Come find a home where exciting and rewarding careers are balanced with your lifestyle. We thank all applicants;
however, only those being considered will be contacted. Please apply online ( ) no later than midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date indicated on the Job Posting.

The Region of Durham is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection process. If contacted for an employment opportunity and you require accommodation, or if this information is required in an accessible format, please contact us at:  and a Recruiter will provide appropriate assistance pursuant to the Region's Accommodation and Accessibility policies. Please note that resumes should not be sent to .

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