Job Posting 71702

Individual and Family Therapist for the Brief Services Programs
Strides Toronto
Toronto Metro area
closed 8 days ago (Fri, 11 Jun)
full time  •  $58,460 – $73,377 per annum

This is a full-time permanent position


Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing services to young people from birth to age 29 and their families in East Toronto. Formed in January 2020 through the amalgamation of Aisling Discoveries and East Metro Youth Services, Strides Toronto provides a range of community, residential and treatment services to improve the mental, social, and physical health of infants, children, youth and their families. We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support. 

As Lead Agency for infant, child and youth mental health in Toronto, Strides Toronto works with 25 core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that transform access to services, experience of services and the mental health outcomes for Toronto’s diverse communities.  

Strides Toronto has a budget of $30 million and more than 350 employees providing services out of 19 locations across East Toronto. The organization Is accredited by the Centre for Accreditation and the predecessor organizations have a long history of providing high-quality services in East Toronto. 


 Why work with us? 

  • Be part of a long history of leadership and evidence informed practice in child, youth and family service. 
  • Join a skilled and dedicated team who are passionate about achieving our vision of an inclusive and supportive community where children, youth and their families thrive. 
  • Experience opportunities for growth and professional development.  
  • Be committed to creating a positive and rewarding work environment. 
  • Share an organizational culture of on-going learning and quality improvement. 
  • Bring high standards for performance and implementation of best practices and demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation  
  • Expect a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. 
  • Join a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak more than 23 languages. 

What will you do? 

  • Provide evidence informed (Solution Focused Brief Therapy) single session walk-in counselling and brief counselling for children, youth, young adults and their families who access the What’s Up Walk-in Clinic.
  • Be able to assess level of risk and develop a plan accordingly using community-based interventions and medical services if necessary.
  • Work collaboratively through an integrated care model with service navigators, nurse practitioners and other services providers.
  • Facilitate quarterly, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups for youth 12 weeks in length
  • Complete session notes, update records and maintain professional standards of clinical practice in accordance with Strides Toronto policies and procedures, Canadian Center for Accreditation (CCA) standards, and relevant legislation.
  • Attend weekly case review meetings and case planning meetings for children, youth and families when required.
  • Provide clinical support primarily to the Scarborough based walk in clinic, occasionally provide support the East York walk-in clinic.
  • Provide telephone/video counselling to clients that access the What’s Up walk-in clinic
  • Schedule will include evenings and weekends.

What are we looking for?

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Counselling Psychology or equivalent;
  • Registration and good standing with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and/or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario;
  • Minimum of 3 years direct service experience, preferably within children’s, youth mental health;
  • Demonstrated experience working within a Brief Services therapy model;
  • Experience facilitating groups including DBT skills;
  • Experience working with individuals from ages 0-29 and their caregivers;
  • Demonstrated experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated experience working from an anti-oppressive ,anti racism framework;
  • Trained in crisis intervention and prevention;
  • Familiarity with a range of evidence based treatment modalities;
  • Strong leadership skills including: communication, and organization skills;
  • Competency in verbal and written communication as well as computer literacy;
  • Preferred candidates will be bilingual in both official languages; and speak a language of the local community. 
  • Must complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening Police background check;

In accordance with the agency’s employment equity plan we are particularly interested in encouraging applicants from all diverse communities.


Additional Assets 

  • Fluency in another language(s). Preferred, Mandarin/ Cantonese. 

Additional Information

This role is a part of OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.

Salary range from $58,460 to $73,377 per annum


How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your experience and how you meet the requirements for this position to


The application deadline is June 11, 2020.

Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer.  We welcome diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of the communities we serve.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process. 

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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