York Hills is seeking a full time permanent Child and Family therapist to join our team working with children, youth and families with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBT2SQ) children and youth, inclusive of Black youth, youth of colour and two spirit youth.
We are seeking a professional to provide a broad range of services to children and youth who have mental health concerns, and their families, including counseling, outreach, youth engagement, assessment, peer supports and skill building to individuals, families, groups and community partners.
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this position will require the Child and Family Therapist to be comfortable and willing to learn how to deliver tele-counselling services, as well as in person therapy following agency guidelines and York Region Public Health directives.
About the role
Reporting to the Manager of Clinical Services, the Child and Family therapist will develop education and training modules and provide training activities to support service providers to offer respectful, clinically and culturally competent care to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 2-Spirit and queer (LGBT2SQ) populations, inclusive of Black youth, youth of colour and two spirit youth. The therapist will remain knowledgeable about current research, best practices and clinical and cultural competencies across the life span of LGBT2SQ populations.
The therapist will provide counselling support to children/youth and families, and be an educational resource to multiple stakeholders – including York Hill’s staff. The therapist will work independently and as part of the York Hill’s team, and working collaboratively with external organizations to improve access to competent care for LGBT2SQ populations.
Responsibilities & Tasks
• Provide outreach, youth engagement, and community-based mental health services to LGBT2SQ youth, inclusive of racialized youth and two-spirit youth in a variety of settings such as the home, at school, or in the community.• Work collaboratively with children/youth and their families as well as cross-sector service provider partners (i.e., school boards, children’s mental health services providers, other community organizations) in developing individualized and effective, strengths-based, anti-racist/anti oppressive and culturally competent service plans.
• Manage a caseload of clients and ensure that data entry and written documentation for each file is consistently up to date, including: completing initial client assessment, ongoing recording, and administering assessment tools.
• Provide service coordination/case management, liaison, and service planning with involved internal and community resources/partners.
• Develop and facilitate workshops and accessible knowledge exchange activities for children/youth and families as well as service providers on the topics of mental health, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia, as well as accessible service provision to, and capacity building for LGBTQ children/youth and families.
• Advocate on behalf of children/youth and families to address gaps in service identified through the work.• Develop, coordinate and deliver online and in-person training and education sessions, and consultative advice on LGBT2SQ mental health needs to a wide range of audiences.
• Ensure all learning initiatives comply with York Hill’s clinical and cultural competency framework as well as best practice and current standards of care, legislative regulations in order to ensure credible evidence-based workshops and other learning activities.
• Develop and maintain materials for learning activities that meet the needs of multiple stakeholders including health and social service practitioners, organizations, community groups, etc.
• Participate in working groups and quality improvement initiatives led by external agencies that specifically address access to competent care by LGBT2SQ populations.
• Participate in advisory committee(s), team-based projects as required to build greater capacity in LGBT2SQ resources in York Region.
To thrive in this role, you’ll need:
• A Master’s Degree in Social Work, Counselling Psychology (or equivalent) and registration in good standing with an appropriate governing body.
• Professional work experience in children’s mental health, with a focus on communication, health promotion, community development, with at a minimum of 3 years’ experience in LGBT2SQ facilitation and training.
• Demonstrated ability to provide service in anti-oppressive/anti-racist, child/youth friendly, accessible, culturally competent and community led and based ways that are responsive to the needs of children, youth and families.
• Familiarity with evidenced based/informed treatment modalities including DBT, CBT, SST, SFBT and EFST.
• Excellent assessment and collaborative intervention skills with children/youth and families.
• Experience developing and leading interactive workshops/trainings focused on mental health, anti-oppression, and skill building for marginalized children/youth from diverse ethno-racial backgrounds.
• Ability to work a flexible schedule, including two evenings, in order to meet client needs.
• A capacity to build and nurture working relationships with colleagues, referral sources and partner agencies.
• An ability to work independently, as well as within a team structure.
• Above-average oral and written communication skills including report writing, excellentorganizational abilities and time management.
• Willingness to travel and provide services throughout York Region (i.e., community hubs, health centres, schools), and an understanding of the geographic, ethno-racial and intersectional diversity of York Regions LGBT2SQ populations.
• Lived experiences of homophobia, transphobia, anti-black racism and personal connection to queer and trans communities are considered assets.• Ability to motivate, problem-solve and deal with complex issues with sensitivity and respect.
• Demonstrated software skills (MS Office, Power point, Excel, Teams and Zoom).
• Valid driver’s license
In keeping with our efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are compliant with the AODA. If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify us.
We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only and not for any other purpose.
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