Adventure Place - North York, ON (12 months ago)

Apply Now

Are you qualified to practice as a psychotherapist in Ontario?

Do you have experience providing counselling, coaching and treatment services to children with special needs and their families?

Come join our experienced and collaborative Child and Family Support team at Adventure Place.

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

Job title: Child And Family Support Worker

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

Reporting to: Supervisor, Family Support Services

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.

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

  • A Master’s Degree in a discipline that is permitted to practice as a psychotherapist in Ontario
  • Membership in a regulated professional college
  • 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
Please submit your resume and cover letter through our website by March 13, 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.