Mental Health Counsellor, Urban Communities

  • Full Time
  • Toronto

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

who we are:
Sherbourne Health 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 everyone, and we prioritize those who face barriers to care: LGBT2SQ community members; immigrants, refugees and newcomers to Canada; and people who are homeless and under-housed. Our unique programs combine primary health care 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 a Family Health Team (FHT), 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, the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services, the City of Toronto and many generous donors.

about the role:
You are a collaborative individual who will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary primary care team providing services and support to clients with a broad range of mental health needs,

day to day responsibilities:
In your role as the counsellor, you provide mental health and a range of interventions to support individuals, couples and families. This will include assessment, time-limited counselling, case management and group facilitation . You will also make links between mental health, substance use, 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, M.Ed., MA, MSc)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.
• Minimum 3 years counselling experience working with people affected by systemic issues such as homophobia, transphobia, stigma, discrimination, poverty, violence, immigration, refugee status, sexism, racism, ableism, trauma, homelessness, preferably in a community setting.
• At least 3 years experience as a therapist or counsellor working with people who use substances.
• 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.
• 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 references.
• Vulnerable sectors check will be initiated upon first day of employment
• 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.

working conditions:
• 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.

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

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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