CHILD AND FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Adventure Place - North York, ON (30+ days ago)

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Adventure Place is currently seeking

CHILD AND FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER

Adventure Place is a registered charitable organization providing a continuum of Prevention, Early Intervention and Treatment services to young children and their families who reside in the North Quadrant of Toronto. Services and Treatment are available for a range of special needs including social, emotional, behavioral, communication, development and learning difficulties. For more information, please visit our website at www.adventureplace.ca.

Employment type: Full-time permanent position (37.5 hours per week), Saturdays and evenings required

Department: Family Support Services

Reporting to: Supervisor, Family Support Services

JOB OVERVIEW:
This position involves working with children up to the age of 12 years who experience mental health and/or developmental challenges and their families, childcare staff and /or school staff. As part of a trans-disciplinary team, the position actively contributes to the understanding of children’s and caregivers’ needs and strengths, and is a part of assessment, treatment planning, and review of single plans of care.

The Child and Family Support Worker assists parents/caregivers in achieving their self-identified goals to facilitate the child’s optimal development and/or functioning.

This position will execute specific interventions, as outlined on the individualized single plan of care. As per the Psychotherapy Act, this position, as per its scope of practice, can offer the following functions: advocacy, case management, coaching, coordinating, supportive teaching in the areas of social skills development and emotional regulation, safety planning tracking, intake and referral, and problem-solving.

This position is designated to provide the controlled act of psychotherapy and it includes consultation, ongoing assessment, treatment and review, single plan of care oversight and development. This position requires flexibility in terms of work hours, as some evening and weekend work is required weekly on an as-needed basis.

In the execution of all activities registered psychotherapists will be competent to use a range of treatment modalities, including: cognitive behavioral therapies, experiential and humanistic therapies, psychodynamic therapies, somatic therapies, and systemic and collaborative therapies.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Brief Services:
Facilitating walk-in sessions
Coordinating and delivering brief counselling single session

Counselling, Coaching and Treatment Services

Organizing and facilitating evidence based, evidence informed treatment groups to children and parents/caregivers
Delivering individualized services to families (including in the home) – skill-based services and didactic child/parent interaction support
Supporting families on issues like: Infant stimulation, child development, behaviour management, transitions, routines, speech and language stimulation, play and creative activities, adaptive functioning
Delivery of individual, family and group psychotherapy

Family Caregiver Support Services

Organizing and facilitating parent education groups and sessions
Home coaching sessions with care providers in the home

Intake and Service Coordination Services

Administer intake tools
Formulation of child and caregiver treatment plans
Complete child and family assessments
Service Coordination, including facilitating internal and external referrals

Targeted Prevention Services

Organizing and delivery of Triple P seminars and other parenting education services

Other Duties:
Providing parenting information
Promoting linkage to community resources
Modeling techniques and strategies
Supporting other programs and services where there is skill and knowledge overlap on an as needed basis.
Administering Assessment and Screening Tools
Consulting with staff regarding the identified needs and strengths of individual children and families
Collaborating with child care centres and schools in the delivery of support services to children in their care
Facilitating referrals and engaging in advocacy
Administering evaluation and outcome tools
Adhering to agency policies and procedures
Adhering to agency standards of professional conduct and agency regulations.
Modeling techniques and strategies for staff
Participating in professional associations and support groups/networks as appropriate
Participating on agency sub-committees
Participating in community committees/organizations as needed
Participating in professional development and in-service training activities
Adhering to agency requirements with relation to report writing and record keeping and file auditing
Adhering to agency standards of professionalism i.e. confidentiality
Demonstrating agency values in all interactions
Supporting and supervising students as assigned

Location of Services:
Services are generally delivered within the North Quadrant of Toronto, but can extend to all quadrants within Toronto as needed.
Services can be delivered at agency locations, in alternate community settings, in schools, in child care settings, and in client homes

QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
  • A Master’s Degree in a discipline that is permitted to practice as a psychotherapist in Ontario
  • Membership in a regulated professional college
Experience:
Relevant experience should include:
  • Minimum of 3 years working in a therapeutic milieu on a multi-disciplinary team with direct responsibility for client care, service coordination and family engagement
  • Minimum 2 years of experience working collaboratively with school boards and childcare centre staff in a consultative role
  • Experience working with very young children with complex special needs (social-emotional adjustment, developmental) and their families/caregivers
  • Knowledge of community services and resources are essential
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Developed competencies in the areas of identification, planning and implementation of effective intervention strategies for children with moderate to severe special needs including ASD, ADHD, social/emotional challenges, trauma, academic, speech and language concerns etc.,
  • Good clinical judgement and understanding of practice and competencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to consult to families and community partners about a child’s needs and strategies to effectively address them
  • Communications – written and oral
  • Planning and organizational abilities
  • Time management
  • Good problem solving skills
  • Ability to work independently in the community
  • Ability to work with multi-disciplinary teams both within the agency and the community
  • Ability to work from a strengths perspective using a non-hierarchical approach when working with team to implement treatment plans
  • Ability to case co-ordinate within the agency and in the community
  • Knowledge of early childhood development and current effective intervention strategies
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Understanding of child welfare issues and policies
  • Working knowledge of the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017
  • Competency in the delivery of inclusive practices
  • Working knowledge of computers including Microsoft windows, Microsoft word, Boardmaker and Internet
  • Team oriented
  • Keen observational skills
  • Family advocacy
  • Flexibility in service delivery to a wide variety of settings and families
  • A personal cell phone in good working condition is required for this job to be used in the case of emergencies
In the execution of all activities registered psychotherapists must be able to:

have a conversation about the risks and benefits and expected outcomes of treatment and ensure informed consent
collaboratively develop a plan for therapy
ensure each therapy session has a clear beginning and end
continuously evaluating the outcome of treatment goals
demonstrate an appropriate use of boundaries to create safe and confidential environments

Please submit your resume and cover letter by February 4, 2020

We thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. If contacted, please inform us should any accommodation be required during the interview process.

Adventure Place values diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace.