Counsellor, Families in Transition

Family Service Toronto - Toronto, ON (30+ days ago)

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Program: Families in Transition
Contract: Permanent part-time; 21 hours per week
Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Location 355 Church Street
Salary: $53,940 – $66,437 Grade 8 BU (pro-rated to hours worked)
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019, 5.00pm
File Number: FIT #9-19 – with cover letter and resume
Mail: HR, Family Service Toronto, 355 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 0B2

Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For over 100
years, we have worked with individuals and families destabilized by precarious mental health
and/or socioeconomic circumstances, to achieve greater resilience and stability in more just and
supportive communities. We achieve this through our direct service work of intervention and
prevention which includes counselling, peer support and education; knowledge building; and
system-level work including social action, advocacy, community building and working with
partners to strengthen the sector.

Families in Transition (FIT), a program of FST, provides services for families with a focus on
separating/separated, divorcing/divorced and blended families. The core of FIT's work is to support
child adjustment and adaptation to their family changes through counselling, group work and
educational programming.

  • Providing evidence-based interventions, including psycho-therapy, that focus on
adult/child adjustment to significant changes in the family including:
o individual and family counselling
o leading or co-leading therapeutic/psycho-educational groups for children or

o developing and leading educational workshops on topics such as reducing parent

conflict, co-parenting relationships, child grieving, child-parent relationship
o responding to urgent situations identified by clients (e.g. child welfare concerns,

transfer issues, potential for harm to self or others, etc.)
  • Provide brief and medium-term counselling services
  • Provide culturally competent counselling to a diverse population
  • Provide trauma informed counselling
  • Advocating for individual clients as well as identifying systemic issues that may arise
  • Conducts community outreach related to the work of FIT and the wider organization
  • Contributing to program development initiatives within the team and across programs
  • Working collaboratively within the team and colleagues across the organization
  • Preparing written clinical assessments, case notes and related data, and
correspondence in accordance with agency expectations

  • Ensuring the regular and timely recording of data as per agency and funder

  • Keeps the Manager informed of matters of potential risk to FST (e.g., clinical, financial,
reputational, legal risks)

  • M.S.W, M.A (psychology), M.Ed., foreign credentials and relevant experience will be

  • Registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or the
College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO)

  • Minimum of 3 years post-graduate clinical experience particularly in the area of direct
counselling/psychotherapy to clients and may also include group work

  • Must be knowledgeable about trauma informed counselling
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in the following areas:
o Child and family assessment and counselling
o Brief psychotherapeutic interventions (group and individual) with children and

o Working with parents or adults who care for children
o Group work with children (6 years old and up)
o Identifying and managing ethical dilemmas (particularly in the context of families

with children experiencing at times high levels of exposure to parental conflict)
  • Ability to deliver psycho-educational workshops for children and/or adults
  • Strong assessment, intervention and written documentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks and set appropriate priorities in a
  • Excellent (listening, written and verbal) communication skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Good knowledge of community resources and supports
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of cultural competency, social justice, anti-
equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and independently
  • Experience providing clinical support to volunteers and students
  • Flexibility in hours of work, including working one evening per week and possible
Saturdays to run
a group (there are times when other evening is required for the program)
  • Criminal reference check/vulnerable sector check completed within the past 12 months
We are committed to developing a diverse service team that reflects the diversity of the
population who live and work in the City of Toronto. We actively encourage applicants from all
equity seeking groups especially those with lived experience from racialized and or marginalized
communities. Our goal is to attract, develop, and retain highly talented employees from diverse
backgrounds allowing us to benefit from a wide variety of experiences and perspectives.
In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act,
2005, and FST’s Equity and Inclusion policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring
process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and will contact the individuals selected for an interview.
No phone calls please.