Day Treatment Counsellor
Kindree Public School Primary Classroom
Full-time Position (40 hours per week)
Peel Children's Centre is an accredited children’s mental health centre that provides a continuum of high quality mental health services for children, youth and their families who are experiencing or may experience serious emotional difficulties. Our services are provided in a dynamic, client-centred environment that values flexibility, accessibility and responsiveness.
Our Day Treatment Program provides a safe, accepting, supportive classroom environment for children experiencing serious emotional, behavioural, or relationship difficulties in their school, and often their home and community.
The Day Treatment Counsellor is a member of a multidisciplinary team and has prime responsibility to counsel, teach, support and advise clients in a day treatment setting. Under the direction of the Day Treatment Supervisor, the counsellor must ensure, to the extent possible, the safety and well-being of clients in a day treatment setting. This includes the development and implementation of the day treatment component of treatment plans for each client in collaboration with other members of the multidisciplinary team including school professionals involved.
Duties include clinical reporting as well as an ability to ensure agency policies and procedures are understood and carried out, while working within a school setting with its own set of expectations and procedures.
Annual salary range - $50,570 to $59,196 (5 step range)
This is a full time position with a generous total rewards package of 4 weeks’ vacation in the first year, personal leave, group life/LTD/health/dental benefits that are fully employer paid and a defined contribution pension plan.
The incumbent will:
- Respond to and support client’s unique mental health needs, within a therapeutic environment, in the context of a multi-disciplinary treatment plan and an integrated school setting;
- Assess, manage, design, and implement a crisis plan to ensure safety within the milieu setting;
- Develop and implement treatment and social skills groups in support of the treatment needs of the individual clients;
- Function as a case manager as assigned through liaison with, and advice from the Child and Family Counsellor, providing resources as required;
- Collaborate with the classroom teacher in the development and maintenance of an effective therapeutic environment conducive to the client’s needs;
- Provide supervision to students and volunteers within the day treatment setting;
- Counsel clients individually, in groups, and with caregivers, to meet treatment goals by assisting the client to refocus, redirect and use coping strategies;
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with members of the multidisciplinary team and the host school/school board;
- Complete clinical reports as required, documenting client’s progress;
- Manage a program budget for supplies with direction from supervisor;
- Have an interest in ongoing professional development in order to stay current with client needs;
- Demonstrate sensitivity to client needs through a strength based approach.
Skills and Qualifications:
- Child & Youth Worker diploma with a minimum of three years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
- Thorough knowledge of mental health issues and the ability to apply behavioral skills;
- Strong Oral and written communication skills, time management and critical thinking skills with a strong understanding of role boundaries;
- Exceptional interpersonal, teamwork and conflict resolution skills;
- A proven understanding of a milieu environment and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team, within a school setting;
- Ability to work unconventional hours at times to accommodate meetings and family reviews;
- Ability to work the academic school year and summer programming;
- Knowledge of electronic client care information system and word processing, spreadsheet, Internet and email software;
- A valid Driver’s License and First Aid Certificate and satisfactory vulnerable sector police records check.
At Peel Children's Centre we value diversity in our workplace, our clientele and our communities. We are actively engaged in building an increasingly diverse workforce. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply no later than January 24, 2019.
If this position is of interest to you, please submit a cover letter and resume, referring to
“File # 19-001 – Day Treatment Counsellor, Kindree Primary”, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We appreciate your interest, however, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
Peel Children's Centre will make every effort to accommodate any needs of candidates through the hiring process, under the Ontario Human Rights Code and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please inform us if you require any accommodations during the hiring process