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Social Worker - Early Years - Regent Park Community Health Centre

Sep 05, 2020
Downtown Toronto (Regent Park / Port of Toronto), Ontario
Summer, Internship, Work While Studying, Co-op


We are a dynamic community-based health centre promoting social justice and health equity in the Regent Park neighbourhood and east downtown area of Toronto. We operate out of several locations and provide a wide variety of services including: primary health care, chiropody, physiotherapy, health promotion, social work, community health, immigrant and refugee services, housing assistance, harm reduction and homeless programs, Pathways to Education for high school students, infant and child development programs, parenting education and family advocacy. We currently have the following opening on our Early ON team:

Early Years Social Worker / Therapist

Contract to January 31, 2021 (6 months)

Part Time 28 hrs per week

Salary range: $33.69 - $43.59 per hour

Position Summary:

The Early Years Social Worker / Therapist provides individual assessment, case management and coordination, counseling, advocacy, group work and, where appropriate, systemic advocacy for parents and children in the Early Years program. The goal of the program is to support children and families from pregnancy until child is 6 years old by being responsive, accessible, and offering high quality programming that contributes to healthy child development today and stronger future tomorrow. The Early Years Social worker provides services using a model of primary prevention and early intervention. This position works closely with Early ON team to support families in parenting and child development outcomes. 

Responsibilities include:

Client Assessment:

  • Assess client status and service needs;
  • Jointly identify service needs and goals with the client and other members of the Early ON team;
  • Provide feedback to referral source where needed.

Counseling and Referrals:

  • Work with the client to develop a plan for service appropriate and sensitive to client’s issues;
  • Provide mutually agreed upon counseling services utilizing a variety of techniques and approaches including Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and/or Brief therapy ;
  • Contract with the client on an ongoing basis re: the identified issues, the plan for service and the service deliver;
  • Work collaboratively with involved significant others/family as directed by the client;
  • Attend and coordinate case conferences and meetings;
  • Facilitate client referrals for internal or external services;
  • Provide appropriate client advocacy services.

Program Development and Small Group Work:

  • Contribute to the overall goals of the Centre by working with other staff in designing and implementing programs and services as appropriate;
  • Develop or assist in developing program(s) to meet needs identified by clients and/or the community by assessing needs, creating and structuring a program, expanding or linking with existing programs;
  • Conduct and complete small group or program evaluation.

Liaising/Networking with Community Groups and Organizations

  • Establish and maintain positive links with relevant organizations and groups in the community;
  • Work with community groups and organizations to identify service gaps and needs in the community;


  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers
  • At least 3 years experience doing similar work;
  • Prior experience counselling and supporting clients with multiple vulnerabilities a strong asset
  • Experience in Infant Mental Health an asset
  • BSW /MSW or equivalent education in health/social services;
  • Demonstrated experience with trauma informed work and interventions such as DBT, CBT, Mindfulness and or Brief therapy
  • Second language an asset;
  • Experience working with high risk families and child development and child welfare.
  • Group facilitation skills;
  • Demonstrated problem-solving, time management and networking skills
  • Knowledge of health promotion, advocacy, program planning, research and evaluation.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within and across teams
  • Understanding of Anti-oppression principles
  • Ability to work effectively with people of various cultural, age and economic backgrounds
  • Knowledge of the Regent Park area and issues affecting families living within the Regent and Moss Park communities  

Regent Park CHC is committed to equity in our hiring and employment practices. Applications are encouraged from qualified individuals who are Indigenous people, members of racialized communities, individuals of diverse sexual orientation and gender identification, persons with disabilities and others protected under the Human Rights Code as well as individuals with lived experience in the Regent Park community. This is a bargaining unit position with OPSEU 5115.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to Emily Callaghan, Manager of Early ON Programs by July 19, 2020: 

Regent Park Community Health Centre

465 Dundas St. E. Toronto, ON  M5A 2B2


No phone calls please. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. RPCHC is committed to developing an inclusive, selection process and work environment. If contacted, please advise the hiring manager if you require any accommodation during the interview process.

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