Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing a wide range of exceptional programs and services that improve the mental, social, and physical health of infants, children, and youth from the pre-natal stage to age 29, and their families. With a range of community, residential and treatment services our work helps to strengthen social and emotional well-being, for culturally diverse clients to move forward through adversity and develop abilities and skills to reach their full potential. 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. To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our website at www.stridestoronto.ca.
ABOUT THE ROLE
The Child Therapist, Day Treatment is a full-time permanent position responsible for providing constant supervision and overall care and treatment to children in a school community-based Day Treatment Classroom. 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.
Salary range: $54,926 to $63,962 per annum
Benefits: Competitive Group Health Benefits, Retirement Savings Plan.
Other: This role is a part of the OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.
There are 2 positions available
WHY JOIN OUR TEAM?
- We provide opportunities for growth and professional development.
- We have a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak multiple languages and dialects.
- We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment where our team members and clients can thrive.
- We set high standards for performance, client outcomes, and implement best practices, which are demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.
WHAT YOU WILL 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.
THE “MUST HAVES”
The following education, professional memberships and knowledge are a requirement for this role:
- Community College diploma in Child and Youth Work
- 1 year of experience
- Knowledge of child development and crisis intervention; an ability to create and maintain therapeutic relationships with children and families.
- Sound knowledge of theoretical models and clinical interventions in working with children with mental health needs.
- An ability to develop and implement treatment plans and various interventions are essential.
- Ability to understand and effectively articulate children’s strengths and specialized mental health needs verbally and in writing.
- Demonstrated teamwork skills that contribute to a positive, resilient culture.
- 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.
- Awareness of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and within the community being served by the position.
- An understanding of Anti-Black Racism, anti-oppressive/anti-racism perspective in the context of the social determinants of health when working with clients and their families.
- Ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of and imbalance of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible negative impacts for the client.
THE ‘NICE TO HAVES’
While not required, preference will be given to candidates with the following:
- Knowledge of the cultural diversity of communities served by the agency.
- An understanding of milieu treatment as it relates to children who may have been traumatized.
- Fluency in another language(s), including sign language.
BEFORE STARTING WITH US
As our work puts us in direct contact with youth and vulnerable persons in our community, with health and safety as a priority, the successful candidate must complete or obtain the following before commencement of their employment:
- Full vaccination against COVID-19 or have received an exemption from the organization’s policy.
- A Vulnerable Sector police check.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your demonstrated education, certification (if applicable), working and related volunteer experience and how you meet specific requirements for this position, and any additional considerations you deem appropriate. The application deadline is May 15, 2022.
Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We benefit from diversity of lived experiences in the workplace and encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the range of cultures represented in 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.