The primary focus of this position is to provide assessments, service coordination and treatment services to infants’ birth to 3 years of age and their families, referred because of various infant mental health concerns. The successful candidate has opportunities for varied work including trauma, specialized group counselling, single session therapy, and walk-in services. The Infant Mental Health therapist provides clinical and educational support and facilitates responsive referral pathways to treatment services.
This is a permanent full-time role.
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 infant/parent/caregiver assessments, consultation, and interaction-based treatment within the context of flexible service delivery.
- Administers standardized measurement tools.
- Provide infant/parent/caregiver evidence-based interventions in family and specialized group context, utilizing a client-centered, trauma-informed, attachment based, and relational interaction guidance approach.
- Collaboratively develop treatment plan with clients and regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment plans with clients, and other service providers, and revise as necessary.
- Participate in intake process as required to facilitate infant mental health treatment or group referrals.
- Function as a service coordinator to guide the development and implementation of treatment plans and to ensure that service, including admission and discharge planning, is delivered in a coordinated and timely fashion.
- Collaborate with multidisciplinary staff and involve consultation as appropriate to support assessment, treatment planning, and implementation.
- Coordinate and plan client-centered services, attend and facilitate internal and external case conferences; advocate on behalf of clients with other service providers.
- Refer clients and coordinate discharge or transfer of cases to other service/professionals within the Organization or to external resources.
- Liaise with and provide consultation around infant mental health issues to external organizations and agencies (i.e., public health, child welfare, medical community).
- Maintain accurate up-to-date recordings and clinical records.
- Provide direct service hours consistent with Agency requirements.
- Participate in and contribute as a team member to the ongoing review and development of clinical services.
- Promotes infant/parent/caregiver services available at the agency to increase knowledge of and overcome barriers in accessing infant mental health services.
- May supervise and evaluate social work or psychology students placed with the Organization.
- Other duties as assigned.
What are we looking for?
- Master’s level education, or equivalent, in Psychology, or Social Sciences/Social Work.
- Registered member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
- 1 year of related experience post Master’s degree completion.
- Specific knowledge of and experience with attachment-based interventions, infant-parent/caregiver dyad assessment and treatment, family therapy, attachment theory, group work theory, infant and young child developmental theory, developmental trauma, disrupted relationships, and dynamics of family violence and sexual/physical abuse.
- Specific knowledge of, and experience with video-feedback parent/infant assessments/interventions.
- A sound knowledge of other theoretical models and evidence-based clinical interventions in working with infants and families (particularly the primary caregiver) with mental health needs to assist in teaching other staff.
- Strong clinical skills in assessment, formulation, and treatment with an ability to utilize flexible strategies for engaging and working with families, individuals, groups and larger systems.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to demonstrate flexibility and cope with competing demands.
- Knowledge of reporting requirements for serious incidents/occurrences.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of the community served by the agency.
- Demonstrated initiative and commitment to continuous quality improvement and adaptation to change.
- Demonstrated understanding of access and equity issues, awareness, and sensitivity to diversity in the workplace and within the community.
- An understanding of Anti-Black Racism, anti-oppressive/anti-racism perspective in the context of mental health when working with clients and their families, with the ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible impact.
- Valid Ontario driver’s licence with access to the regular use of a vehicle.
- Fluency in another language(s).
This role is a part of OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.
Salary range from 59,190 to 68,184 per annum.
Work is frequently performed in a broad variety of locations including family homes, office, and community settings. The incumbent is required to work independently. Non-standard work hours are required and determined by service needs.
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 July 30, 2021.
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.