This position is responsible for providing constant supervision and overall care and treatment to children in a school community-based Day Treatment Classroom.
2 full-time contract positions available:
August 2021 – December 2021 and August 2021 – June 2022
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?
- Conduct assessment of child's functioning and individual needs within the context of school placements as requested;
- Develop, implement and re-assess therapeutic milieu treatment plans and interventions in consultation with other multidisciplinary team members as needed;
- Participate in preparing for admissions/discharges;
- Participate in transition planning for primary clients and provides transition support as required;
- Carry a caseload as child therapist and assume case responsibility as required (i.e. meeting with the child individually or in a group and ensures child is aware of all expectations including rules and standards). Help child discuss issues, aptitudes and abilities as well as strengths in the home, school or community;
- Conduct therapeutic activities for children on a daily basis utilizing a teamwork approach; establish and ensure a therapeutic, motivating environment is maintained;
- Provide effective behaviour management and/or crisis intervention;
- Maintain regular communication with families/legal guardians and with child and family therapists;
- Attend family treatment plan meetings and other clinical meetings when required;
- Lead treatment groups, using evidence-based or evidence-informed programs addressing children’s needs related to problem solving-anger management, peer relationships, school readiness skills;
- May provide behaviour management services to parents;
- Support classroom teachers to deliver programs designed to meet individual academic needs;
- Establish and ensure ongoing open communication amongst all multidisciplinary team members, e.g. teachers, child and family therapist etc.;
- Participate in consultation with various internal and external service professionals e.g. psychology, psychiatry, speech and language, etc.;
- May be assigned to alternate site location to meet service needs;
- Maintain communication with host school and is familiar with the unique expectations of the setting;
- Provide direct service hours consistent with Agency requirements;
What are we looking for?
- A 3 year Community College diploma in Child and Youth Worker program and 6 – 12 months of experience.
- Knowledge of child development and crisis intervention; an ability to create and maintain therapeutic relationships with children and families.
- A sound knowledge of theoretical models and clinical interventions in working with children with mental health needs. Has an understanding of milieu treatment as it relates to children who may have been traumatized.
- An ability to develop and implement treatment plans and various interventions are essential.
- Demonstrated understanding of access and equity issues; and awareness and sensitivity to diversity in the workplace and within the community and ability to work within a trauma informed anti-black racism framework.
- Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and time management skills. These include an ability to communicate effectively with professionals, parents, and children.
- Must be able to work both independently and demonstrate effective cooperation with team members and consultants of all disciplines (strong team player).
- Must be able to understand and effectively articulate children’s strengths and specialized mental health needs verbally and in writing.
- Must have demonstrated team work skills that contribute to a positive, resilient culture.
- Must have strong organizational and problem-solving skills that demonstrates good judgment.
- Must have demonstrated commitment to continuous quality improvement and adaptation to change.
- Functional computer knowledge and ability to operate computers and related technology comfortably and efficiently, from word processing to data management to virtual care platforms.
- Work is most often performed in the Day Treatment sites. Other locations include office and/or other school sites and may include other community locations.
- Fluency in another language(s).
This role is a part of OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.
Salary range from $50,230 to $57,258
How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your experience and how you meet the requirements for this position. The application deadline is June 18, 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.