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Youth Mental Health Worker - MOBYSS - Canadian Mental Health Association, York and South Simcoe

Sep 25, 2020
Newmarket, Ontario

Posting Date: August 24, 2020
Closing Date: September 7, 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 for a Youth Mental Health Worker (YMHW) - MOBYSS

As we continue to grow our team, we are looking for a Youth Mental Health Worker to join our passionate, dedicated, and “BRAVE” team! If you are an individual who has experience working with and counselling youth ages 12-25 and helping them through their mental health and primary care challenges in York Region and South Simcoe, than 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 would love to provide youth with psychoeducation and stress management, and would like to run groups or workshop-related activities for youth in community or school settings, please continue to read further.

Closing Date: September 7, 2020

Contract: 1 year, Part-time, 21 Hours per Week, Evening Hours and Weekends may be required

Comprehensive Health Benefits: Extended health and dental coverage provided after waiting period.

Competition #: 2020-053

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 Youth Mental Health Worker will be working primarily in our Newmarket Office (1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3) and will be required to travel within York Region & South Simcoe.

Job Profile:

The model is youth driving; the support will be holistic and compassionate, grounded in evidence, anti-oppression and cultural-competency, following trauma-informed and harm-reduction care. Services will include assessment, suicide intervention, counselling, referral, sexual health and addictions/drug use education and support, basic primary care and health screening. Telemedicine services will offer a range of treatments and specialized services.
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.

The Youth Mental Health Worker is responsible for connecting with and evaluating mental health and related issues with youth, other community professionals, and for the general public. In collaboration with the team, the Youth Mental Health Worker uses empowerment and Recovery-oriented approaches with individuals and groups to help combat stigma, raise self-esteem and mastery, improve self-concept, and instill hope.


  • Degree or diploma in education, social services or health is preferred however significant position-related work experience is considered for equivalency.
  • Current Registration with the OCSWSSW or a regulatory body under the Regulated Health Professions Act; cannot be in the qualifying stages
  • Minimum three years working with youth and minimum three years of experience in the mental health field.
  • Minimum two years’ experience in public speaking/presentation/workshop delivery.
  • Training and education in adolescent development and mental health, education, group work, program planning and evaluation, community facilitation and development.
  • Extensive knowledge of supports and services in York Region and South Simcoe.
  • Ability to apply Recovery principles and empowerment-oriented philosophies and practices in work.
  • Ability to assess risk to individuals and take informed action in crisis situations
  • Ability to prioritize needs and organize work efficiently
  • Aptitude in developing innovative approaches to service delivery
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A second language (Cantonese, Farsi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Tamil, Urdu) reflecting the local community is preferred.
  • Excellent problem-solving and decision making skills
  • Proficiency with various forms of presentation media
  • Competence in relevant computer applications particularly Microsoft Office and Outlook
  • Knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act, mental health reform principles, the Substitute Decisions Act, the Health Care Consent Act and PHIPA requirements
  • A valid Canadian driver’s license, a minimum $1,000,000 third party liability insurance and proof that insurance covers use of personal vehicle to transport clients
  • Ability to drive a 35 foot Recreational Vehicle (RV bus). Driving Instruction will be provided.
  • A satisfactory and current Vulnerable Sector Screening

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 and Teams on the MOBYSS Program.

Working Conditions: Recreational Vehicle, Office work, Occasional weekend/evening hours may be required

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 five consecutive years as well as a recipient of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

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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:

  • 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 2SLGBTTQ+, 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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