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LGBTQ2S+ Mental Health Clinician

Feb 17, 2019
Hamilton, Ontario

Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton, a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, strives to enhance the quality of life for all who seek assistance and support in our community. An opportunity currently exists at Youth Services in the role of:

LGBTQ2S+ Mental Health Clinician – Full Time

In the Community Mental Health Program

The successful candidate will extend our mission to LGBTQ2S+ youth, many of whom are Street involved and Homeless, throughout the Hamilton community.  This position is a collaboration between Good Shepherd Youth Services and St. Joseph’s Healthcare- Youth Wellness Centre. All duties are performed within a multidisciplinary team.

The Mental Clinician will address a significate gap for LGBTQ2S+ youth who are struggling with mental health and substance use concerns.

This position will provide clinical interventions, including evidence informed therapy and advocacy to this population.

The target population for this program are youth within the Hamilton community between the ages of 13-25 many of whom are street involved (hard to reach, homeless, living in shelters), LGBTQ2S+ identified youth who are dealing with mental health and substance use issues.

Qualifications/Skills required:

Applicants should possess a knowledge of the issues that affect LGBTQ2S+ youth.

The successful candidate will:

  • Provide individual 1:1 clinical care to clients with significant mental health and addiction issues
  • Make referrals on behalf of clients to a wide variety of community programs and services
  • Provide psycho-education to youth accessing this program
  • Work with individuals to create an individual treatment plan, focusing on strengths and capacities, using evidence informed therapy and the clinical needs of the individual
  • Case conferences/consultation with other treatment providers and community organizations
  • Education and advocacy
  • Complete all required documentation related to the clinical care of clients
  • Work collaboratively with community partners in a multidisciplinary approach
  • Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Lived and /or work experience with LGBTQ2S+ populations.
  • A combination of education (BSW, or equivalent) and experience in concurrent disorder provision with young people.
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development, adolescent and emerging adult mental health and substance use.
  • Assessment skills, counseling and case management skills,
  • Knowledge of community resources and services, social and environmental determinants of health, evidence informed practices in working with child/adolescent mental health,
  • Ability to develop and facilitate programs/groups for youth living with  mental health issues
  • Ability to work in the community
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team setting
  • Ability to work from an integrated anti-racism/anti-oppression framework.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in alignment with Good Shepherd’s mission and the values of Availability, Flexibility, Adaptability, Hospitality and Dignity.
  • Current CPR and First Aid certificate and WHMIS training required
  • Valid driver’s license required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, computer, interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Fluency in French and/or a language in addition to English preferred.

Hours of work:  40 hours a week

Flexibility around hours including evening work is required.

Please reply with cover letter and resume quoting Job Posting # YS-03-19 by February 17th, 2019 to:

Norma Joaquim, Interim Director of Youth Services
Fax: 905-308-9354

Good Shepherd is an equal opportunity employer operating within an anti-racist and anti-oppression framework. We strive to establish workplaces that reflect and are enhanced by the rich diversity of the community we serve.

Good Shepherd welcomes and encourages applications from all people with disabilities.  Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  If you are in need of accommodations, please contact Human Resources at 905-528-5877 ex 2265 or

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