Social Worker/Clinician

Kennedy House Youth Services Inc. - Ajax, ON (30+ days ago)

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Kennedy House has a long and fine tradition of providing personal care for young people in the Greater Toronto Area. We started with an initial family-like group home in 1971 and have added along the way additional residential programs, a state-of-the-art secure custody facility, bailiff services, day treatment programs, shelter services, developmental services, and outreach community services in designated priority neighbourhoods.

Kennedy House works with youth to enable them to grow as individuals to contribute to as members of the community. This is achieved by providing customized support and building trusting relationships.

Position Summary

Kennedy House requires a full time Social Worker/Clinician (SWC) who will provide counselling and clinical support to youth and their families involved with Residential Custody and Detention program. The SWC will provide consultation and direction to the team in the areas of risk assessment, individualized goal planning, programming, intervention and behaviour management of the youth involved in the Programs. The SWC will work closely with the Case Management Team to develop individual case management plans and reintegration planning.

This position is a full time position and the SWC will be located on site at the Kennedy House Youth Centre in Ajax. The SWC will work a total of 35 hours per week and be flexible to best meet the needs of the Program staff and clients. The salary offered is competitive and offers group benefits.

Key Responsibilities

· Provide individual counselling and support as needed

· Consult and provide direction in the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence based practices

· Facilitate individual and group programming for clients

· Model a holistic, client centred, strength based approach to intervention utilizing best/promising practices

· Educate staff by providing clinical input into behaviour management and trauma sensitive strategies for youth presenting with a wide spectrum of needs

· Provide input into the development of case management plans for youth including goal setting, life plans and reintegration planning

· Provide support with crisis situation, assist with critical incident defusing/debriefing

· Work collaboratively with community youth justice partners acting as liaise/advocate for youth

· Consult with Clinical Manager and Superintendent regarding program development and staff training needs

· Provide supervision to Social Work Student Placements

· Provide on call emergency support on a rotating basis

· Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, every employee must follow the law and workplace specific health and safety policies and procedures; work and act in a way that won’t hurt them or any other employee or resident; report any hazard they find in the workplace to their supervisor.

· Other related responsibilities as assigned.


· Minimum Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work preferred, with a minimum of 3-5 years experience specifically related to working with youth

· Must have and maintain certification with the Ontario College of Social Workers

· An understanding of the Youth Justice System and relevant legislation (YCJA) and the Youth Justice system of services in the Durham Region as well as Peterborough and the surrounding 4 Counties

· A well developed knowledge of “best practices” with youth in conflict with the law and experience with risk assessment, case management plans, evidence based programming and understanding of the criminogenic factors that are the underlying issues related to youth involvement in anti-social and criminal behaviour.

· Well developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are requirements for the position

· Expertise in mental health and substance abuse areas

· Current certification in CPR and First Aid are mandatory

· Current certification in Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour is recommended

· Valid Class G Driver’s License

· Current (within 6 months) Police Check and Vulnerable Sector Search must be provided

· Experience in a government not-for-profit agency preferred

· Broad awareness of other cultures, values, identities and perspectives with a demonstrated ability and interest in working with and for diverse populations

· Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines

· Ability to interact with various departments, as required

· Ability to plan, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects

· Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate a variety of data

· Excellent assessment, interviewing, and counseling skills

Work Conditions

· May be exposed to infectious waste, diseases, conditions, etc.,

· Interacts with residents, family members, staff, visitors and government agencies

· Majority of work performed in an office environment but may be required to travel to different Program locations within the east GTA

· Flexible hours required

· Manual dexterity required to use desktop computer and peripherals.

At Kennedy House Youth Services, we are committed to a supportive work environment, where employees have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. Diversity and inclusion is a central part of our culture and we aspire to be a workplace that is respectful to everyone. If you have any accommodation needs or require communication supports or alternate formats, please let me know.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: $47,000.00 per year


  • Casual Dress
  • Dental Care
  • Extended Health Care
  • Life Insurance
  • On-site Parking
  • Paid Time Off
  • RRSP Match
  • Vision Care


  • 8 Hour Shift

COVID-19 considerations:
All of our staff working with youth are provided with masks and gloves and are expected to wear them during their shift. This is to keep our staff and youth safe.


  • social work: 2 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's Degree (Required)


  • Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector Search (Preferred)
  • First Aid and CPR (Required)

Work remotely:

  • No