Community-Based Mental Health Therapist

Competition number: 1442

Date posted: August 18, 2020

Application deadline: Until Filled

The Family Centre has a strong reputation for providing quality services basing our work on research and evidence-based practices. We pride ourselves on providing leading-edge training and strong, reflective supervision. We intend to create a healthy organization that is intelligent in its response to community issues and intentional about our respectful treatment of each other. We have a strong focus on Trauma-Informed Care for the communities we support, as well as our staff teams. The Family Centre strives to hire a diverse team of employees, reflecting the diverse communities we support.

Mission: The Family Centre exists to support families and children to help them flourish and to help people engage with one another to promote healthy, safe, and economically viable communities.

Vision: Healthy families in healthy communities.

The role

Mental Health Therapists in the community are part of an integrated service delivery team. They work collaboratively with other service providers in a “circle of Support” model for children and their families. Developing relationships with hard to reach parents and caregivers is an important part of this work. Decades of research prove that children’s outcomes are deeply related to family context. The Family Centre uses Two Generations approach to guide all our services, we strive to serve children and their caregivers together to harness the family’s full potential and to put the entire family on a path to long term health and wellness. In the community, about 40% of the work is focused on developing and maintaining relationships, providing informal clinical support to children, school staff and other team members as well as group work; 60% of their time would be formal counselling.

At The Family Centre, Therapists provide services to wide range of clients in our offices. Services include Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy; Substance Abuse Assessments; Critical Incident Response; Coaching; Psycho-Educational Workshops; EAP Workshops; Organizational Wellness Assessments, and other related duties. (Some additional training may be provided). Full time therapists are expected to work within their set schedules that may include evenings or Saturdays to accommodate high demand times for client appointments. Therapists are expected to meet benchmarks of 70% direct service to 30% non-direct service for clinical work at the agency.

Therapists report to their Clinical Supervisors for their work at The Family Centre and in the community.

Qualifications

  • Master's Degree or PhD in Social Work, Psychology, Pastoral Counselling or in a related field
  • Certification and registration in good standing with applicable professional associations
  • Three years formal counselling experience
  • Experience with families is required
  • Ability to work in a team environment and flexibility in taking on new roles
  • Good verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Computer literacy

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Police Security Clearance and Child and Youth Information Systems Check (must be no more than 6 months old at start of employment and renewed every 3 years)
  • Indigenous Awareness (8 hours within the first twelve months of employment and every year thereafter)

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide counselling to  children and caregivers to heal from the effects of toxic stress and complex trauma
  • Build relationships of trust with clients and other professionals
  • Use sound evidence-based interventions, in particular, short term therapy techniques, to provide service to clients for a wide range of issues
  • Promote awareness of healthy brain development and effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • Assist the client in connecting with community resources (assessment and referral)
  • When the client is unable, advocates on behalf of the client and teaches client how to advocate on his/her own behalf
  • Completes administrative responsibilities on time
  • Attends staff meetings, in-service training and supervision meetings as required
  • Maintains a clinical record for each client, couple or family as per the presenting issues
  • Stays current about regulatory or legislative developments
  • Maintains on-going professional development
  • Maintains professional registration in good standing

Compensation

  • A comprehensive compensation package including Manulife benefit plan and RRSP matching

    From $64,103 - $ 79,801 Annually

Please send your resume to:

Dr. Edna Wakene

Manager, Therapy & Counselling Services

edna.wakene@familycentre.org

The Family Centre thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. The Family Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, as well as work environment. We will be happy to work with applicants requesting accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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