Mental Health Counsellor
Job Title: Mental Health Counsellor
Job ID #: MHT 18-1101
Department: Mental Health
Reports To: Director, ARC and Mental Health
Salary Range: CS4 $58,315.01 - $72,353.81 per annum
Status: Full-time, permanent
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Who we are:
Sherbourne is a leading provider of quality health care and transformative support to people who face social, economic and other systemic barriers. Our mission is to advance the equity and quality of care and services and to improve health for underserved communities. This is done through primary health and chronic disease services; health promotion and education; outreach and social supports; and mental health services.
Sherbourne provides innovative health care and social services to the diverse urban population of southeast Toronto. While our doors are open to everyone, we focus on people who are homeless or under-housed; LGBT2SQ, and newcomers to Canada. We are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Central LHIN, Ministry of Child and Youth Services, City of Toronto and many generous companies, groups and individuals.
The Mental Health Counsellor works as a member of a multi-disciplinary primary care health team providing services and support to clients with a broad range of mental health, emotional health and substance use issues. In addition counselors will also receive referrals from the community at large seeking counseling.
Duties include: Mental health and psychosocial assessments. Individual, couple and/family psychotherapy/counseling, case management, and group work services to clients receiving mental health services at Sherbourne.
• Education at the Masters level in social science or health discipline or equivalent formal training.
• Current registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Registered Psychotherapists or a relevant professional college that falls under the Regulated Health Professionals Act.
• At least 3 years direct service experience working with people marginalized by issues such as homophobia, transphobia, stigma, discrimination, poverty, violence, immigration, refugee status, sexism, trauma or homelessness, preferably in a community setting.
• At least 3 years experience as a therapist or counselor working with people with mental health and/or substance use and trauma issues.
• Thorough knowledge and experience of harm reduction, addictions and mental health.
• Knowledge of policies, legislation, programs and issues related to area of practice.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in group design, delivery and facilitation.
Skills and Abilities:
• Excellent assessment skills and sound clinical judgment.
• Ability to understand and apply principles of crisis and suicide intervention and critical incident stress debriefing (basic and advanced).
• Strong brief intervention skills such as solution focused, cognitive behavioural or dialectical behavioural approaches.
• Must have demonstrated competence in clinical skills, including psychosocial assessments, counseling interventions, such as brief intervention skills, and ability to work within a multidisciplinary team approach.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both verbally and in writing with professional and allied professional staff and clients.
• Commitment to working within an anti-oppression/equity/access framework.
• Must have excellent organizational skills and professional comportment.
• Ability to work in a language in addition to English is an asset.
• Demonstrates a commitment to healthy and safe workplace for self and others (staff, patients, families, etc.) by taking all reasonable precautions and working in compliance with Sherbourne related policies, health and safety legislation and best practices.
Conditions of Employment:
• Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check.
• Understand and maintain compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the Ontario Human Rights Code and other relevant legislation.
• Standard work week is 37.5 hours from Monday to Friday, however this position may necessitate work on evenings and weekends in order to be available to clients at times that they can access services.
We offer competitive compensation and benefits, including participation in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and professional development.
As an employer, Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.
Application: Please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID # MHT 18-1101 to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 pm, November 13, 2018.
We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.