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Youth Mental Health Worker - Native Child and Family Services of Toronto

Apr 09, 2024
Old Toronto, Ontario

Hours: 35 hrs/wk.

Range: $29.45-$42.70 per hour 

Location: 30 College St., Toronto 

Classification: Full-Time Contract (2-year with benefits)

Position: Unionized 


Native Child and Family Services of Toronto strives to provide a life of quality, well-being, caring and healing for our children and families in the Toronto Native Community. We do this by creating a service model that is culture- based and respects the values of Native people, the extended family, and the right to self-determination and through the integration of holistic, culturally based prevention services that are child centred, family focused, and community driven.

Primary Responsibilities:

Under the direction of the Supervisor, Healing Team, the Youth Mental Health Worker will:

• Perform intensive case management and stabilization to support the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional cultural well-being of Indigenous youth experiencing problems related to mental health and/or substance misuse.

• Provide accessible culturally-based support and intervention to help First Nations/Metis/Inuit youth to establish and maintain balance in their lives.

• Provide crisis intervention, harm reduction, pre-treatment addictions counselling, aftercare support, cultural support, advocacy and referrals.

• Provide support services to Indigenous youth involved with the justice system.

• Provide life skills support and goal planning, including educational and job readiness.

• Conduct community outreach.

• Facilitate group activities (circles) and related events.

• Work as part of a team and collaborate with other service providers to create culturally safe supports for youth.

• Complete ongoing assessments and service plans with youth.

• Maintain accurate and up-to-date records.

• Perform other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Knowledge and Skills:

• Post-secondary education in the social services field (CYC, SSW, BSW)

• At least 2 years of experience in youth work or a related setting.

• Alternatively, a combination of education and experience will be considered.

• Excellent ability to connect with First Nations/Metis/Inuit youth.

• Knowledge of the issues faced by Indigenous youth aged 16-24 which can include culture loss and intergenerational trauma.

• Demonstrated understanding and commitment to integrating the Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Mission and values into practice, service and relationships.

• Understanding of harm reduction, addictions, mental health, Aboriginal healing practices and history, developmental issues and high-risk situations faced by youth.

• Excellent interpersonal, communication, counselling and de-escalation skills.

• Understanding of systemic barriers faced by First Nations/Metis/Inuit youth and ability to advocate within these systems.

• Knowledge of local community agencies and other professional services available for youth.

• Good assessment, crisis intervention and problem solving skills.

• Excellent analytical, time management, organizational skills.

• Ability to work independently with flexible hours (some evening shifts required).

• Demonstrated understanding of workplace Health and Safety practices and understanding of an employee’s responsibility under current legislation.

• Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, to maintain effective communication and working relationships, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills, tact, sensitivity and build strong internal relationships.

• NCFST requires all employees, contractors, students, and volunteers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, absent of a valid medical exemption or other reasonable consideration pursuant to the Human Rights Code of Ontario.

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