Who we are
Children are at the front and centre of what we do; they are the foundation of our purpose and the basis for our evidence-driven strategy. Our mission is to transform the lives of children, youth and their families by developing and delivering innovative, research-based mental health and early learning programs. At the Child Development Institute (CDI), we are passionate about helping our communities’ most vulnerable members and their caregivers. It motivates each of us to face what can be difficult situations while continuously finding the purest joy in play, in silence, in advice, and in the unbelievable strength and resilience of our young clients. Joining us now is a rewarding opportunity to be part of an organization that is built on a legacy of more than 100 years of helping children and families.
Recognized as a leader and model for measurement-based impact, we are client-centred, family-centred, and data-informed. We are a place where professionals grounded in mental health, care, and well-being of infants, children and youth, come together in collaboration, learning and inclusion. As a multiservice organization delivering social, emotional, and behavioural counselling services, early childhood education, learning disabilities and mental health services, and family violence services, we address the whole person from when they begin their life. Every child and family that reaches out to us is unique, and we value and embrace their individuality. We deliver the tailored support and tools they need to build life-long skills, positive mental health, and resilience. With their trust in us, we guide children and families along a supportive journey. It is an often difficult path and simultaneously the most rewarding experience for providers, children and families.
Who we need
Our Child and Adolescent Services for Abuse and Trauma (CASAT) program, supported by our Gender-based violence service offerings, provides a range of therapeutic interventions and case management for children and adolescents who have been impacted by abuse and trauma (physical, emotional, sexual abuse, neglect, family violence) and their non-offending caregiver(s).
Reporting to the Interim Clinical Manager and Clinical Psychologist, we are looking for a Child and Family Clinician to join the team, providing in-person, on-site therapeutic support to children and youth 4-18 years old and their impacted families. Working from a trauma-informed lens and with the application of evidence-based trauma treatment interventions, you will conduct intakes and assessments, develop intervention and treatment plans, provide short and long-term treatment interventions and coordinate services with other professional service providers. As part of our clinical leadership and children’s mental health treatment team, you will collaborate to develop treatment plans in a multidisciplinary context. You will be focused on the child and their well-being, integrating regular supervision into the treatment plan, which may include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework, and the Circle of Security early intervention program. You will also carry some general Family and Community Counselling cases, working with families of children 0-6 years of age.
Therapeutic interventions may be delivered to individuals, groups and families. You are willing and able to occasionally travel to other CDI sites, community locations and family homes. You can work flexible hours to meet client needs.
What's in it for you
Profound purpose. You want to play a critical role in developing a treatment plan. You want to be the secure and informed steady hand and the calming presence, someone who is a champion for the well-being of clients. You want to help build their trust, bring forward their perspectives, introduce clarity, observe behaviour and identify interventions that empower them.
Growth as a Child and Family Clinician and as a compassionate human. You want to bring your compassion and trauma treatment knowledge to positively impact children and youth who have experienced violence in the family. You want to expand your range of treatment protocols by following our evidence-based practices and proven processes in CBT, ARC, and other methodologies. You will immediately receive training in the Circle Security Program. In addition, you will be part of in-house professional development opportunities, guided coaching and mentoring. Through cross-functional collaboration and as a result of our broad scope of services, you will gain insights through interactions with Child and Youth Workers, Social Workers, Psychologists, and consulting Psychiatrists. You will support practicum students if capacity demands.
As our new Child and Family Clinician, you will:
What you bring:
Compensation: $70,330 per year. This is a unionized position under CUPE.
Fostering positive transformations in mental health for over a century, CDI is a world-class leader trusted in helping children, youth and families through a wide range of evidence-informed services to build lasting change.
At CDI, we prioritize the mental well-being and work-life balance of our teams. We acknowledge the reality of the emotionally demanding work each of us puts in every day. To that end, we strive to create a collaborative, diverse, inclusive, and equitable space where creativity flourish by offering:
If you want to be part of our vision to make a measurable lifelong impact on the mental health and well-being of children, youth and their families, join us.
If you're excited about this role but your experience aligns differently with every requirement, we encourage you to apply. While specific qualifications are strictly required, others can be based on various experiences, backgrounds, and knowledge. We can't promise an interview, but we will consider your whole application.
What you can expect from our interview process:
CDI is firmly committed to diversity within its community and welcomes applications from racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous People of North America and the world, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ persons, and those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to providing equitable opportunities in employment and to providing a workplace which is free from discrimination and harassment. We are equally committed to providing an inclusive and accessible workplace. If you require accommodations, please reach out to us at .
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