Mental Health Counsellor, LGBT2SQ Communities

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

internal/external posting
job title: Mental Health Counsellor
job ID #: LGB 19-0601
department: LGBT2SQ Communities
reports to: Program and Services Director, LGBT2SQ Communities
salary range: CS4 $59,202.00 – $73,437.00 per annum
status: Union, full-time, permanent
hours: 37.5 hours per week

who we are:
Sherbourne is a dynamic provider of integrated health services, community programs and capacity-building initiatives that enable people and diverse communities to achieve wellness.

At Sherbourne, our doors are open to every one, and we prioritize those who face barriers to care: LGBT2SQ community members; newcomers to Canada; and people who are homeless and under-housed. Our unique programs combine primary health and chronic disease management, health promotion, outreach and social supports, and mental health services, to increase access for our priority populations, influence population health outcomes, and strive for organizational excellence. They include the Acute Respite Care (ARC) program, The Rotary Club of Toronto Health Bus, Supporting Our Youth, Rainbow Health Ontario, Women In Need ‘Klinik’ (WINK) and Health Access St. James Town.

Accredited with Exemplary Standing by Accreditation Canada, we are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Central LHIN, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Ministry of Child and Youth Services, City of Toronto and many generous companies, groups and individual donors.

about the role:

You are a collaborative individual who will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary health team providing services and support to clients with a broad range of mental health, emotional health and substance misuse. As the counsellor, you may also receive referrals from the community at large seeking counseling.

day to day responsibilities:
In your role as the counsellor, you provide mental health and psychosocial assessments and a range of interventions to support to individuals, couples and families. This will include outreach, assessment time-limited counselling, bridging case management and group work services. You will also make links between mental health and substance use problems, and trauma, violence, family or relationship issues, loss, coming out, and transitioning.

to thrive in this role, you’ll need:


• Masters degree in a health or social science discipline (MSW, Med, MA, MSc) and at least three to five years work experience in assessment and treatment of individuals with a chronic disease and issues relating to mental health and addictions or an equivalent blend.
• Must hold current membership or registration with an Ontario College or Clinical equivalent or a relevant professional college that falls under the Regulated Health Professions Act.
• Minimum 3 years direct service experience working with people affected by systemic issues such as homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, ableism, stigma, discrimination, poverty, violence, and homelessness, and trauma.
• Experience as a therapist or counsellor working with people with mental health and/or substance use issues
• Extensive knowledge and experience working with the LGBT2SQ communities
• Excellent knowledge and experience working with relevant community resources

skills and abilities:

• Excellent engagement and assessment skills
• Strong brief intervention skills such as solution focused and cognitive behavioral approaches
• Commitment to working within an anti-oppressive framework and demonstrated understanding of the links between trauma and mental health, emotional health and substance use problems
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

conditions of employment:
• Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of professional references, background checks.
• Vulnerable Sectors check will be initiated upon first day of employment.

working conditions:
• Standard work week is 37.5 hours and generally 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.

to apply: Please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID #LGB 19-0601 to by 5:00 pm, June 18, 2019.

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.

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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