Family Intervention Counsellor

Eva's Initiatives - North York, ON (30+ days ago)

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Date Posted: September 11, 2019

Posting #: 2019-65

Family Intervention Counsellor (Contract, Full-Time)

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth provides safe shelter, supportive services, and long-term solutions to youth homelessness. We believe all young people deserve safe, affordable housing, great support, and access to the resources to reach their full potential. The position works in a shelter environment with its associated stresses and with youth who may at-times be in crisis and may demonstrate related behaviours.

Eva’s Place is an emergency shelter that provides living essentials and 24-7 crisis support to 40 youth experiencing homelessness each night in North York. It is home to the Family Reconnect Program which offers proactive, long-term solutions to prevent and reduce homelessness by helping youth re-establish and maintain contact with their families. Its Early Intervention component supports families staying together rather than having at-risk youth enter the shelter system. Eva’s Place leads Education and Life Skills across the agency ensuring every youth has an opportunity to return to school if that is their goal and to build their skills as they exit homelessness and re-integrate back into the community

Eva’s is strongly committed to a workforce that reflects the diversity of the populations we serve. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals including applicants from all cultures, racialized communities, abilities, diverse sexual and gender identities and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. We are committed to a selection process and work environment that is inclusive and barrier free.

This position reports to the Clinical Lead, Family Reconnect. The position works in a shelter environment with its associated stresses and with youth who may at-times be in crisis and may demonstrate related behaviours.

General Responsibilities

The Family Reconnect Counsellor is responsible for providing early clinical intervention services to youth, their families and groups. They provide family and youth counselling, case management, assessment, treatment planning, referrals, accompaniment and advocacy in at all of Eva’s emergency shelters and transitional housing as well as in the community.

This position will receive referrals from community agencies, schools, police and hospitals to support youth in developing and maintaining positive family relationships to reduce the risk and experience of homelessness. The Family Intervention Counselor should possess an extensive knowledge of family systems, trauma informed practice from a culturally appropriate lens.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assists in clinical interventions in accordance with individual and family therapy
  • Assures safety measures to protect patients, family, and staff are adequately in place
  • Develops and implements the determination of goals and individualized service plans in collaboration with clinical supervisors, clients, shelter supports and other community agencies to ensure client needs are met
  • To provide consultations to youth, families, Eva’s staff, community agencies and partners
  • at risk of homelessness regarding assessment observation, consultation, goal setting, data collection, and evidence based interventions
  • Recommendations on prevention and intervention based on assessment, individual intervention, classroom observation, small group intervention, behavior support plans
  • Facilitate group based activities, workshops and presentations as required including engagement and outreach to diverse stakeholders and partners
  • Provide system navigation supports (referrals, accompaniment, and liaison and coordination support) to ensure clients can access appropriate culturally relevant community resources
  • Maintain a high standard of client file management and complete required documentation including assessment, report writing and evaluation requirements as per registration and Eva’s requirements
  • Adheres to clinical/association standards, policies and procedures in all aspects of providing care
  • Adhere to Eva’s Initiatives Human Resources Policies
  • Liaise with Eva’s staff to ensure workshops and group sessions are effectively delivered
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and supervision sessions


  • BSW, MSW or Degree in a Counseling Related Field (Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Occupational Therapist, Beahvioral Therapist) or equivalencies of education and experience required. Masters level degree preferred.
  • Registered with an appropriate regulatory college (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, College of Psychologists of Ontario, College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, Ontario Association of Social Workers et al)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working with youth and families
  • Advanced knowledge of issues pertaining to homelessness, street involved and at-risk youth.
  • Ability to engage youth and families experiencing complex systemic barriers, in particular those who do not access mainstream/traditional counselling and clinical environments
  • Knowledge of and an ability to integrate a trauma focused, critical disability, LGBTQ2S and trans-positivity, trauma, harm reduction approach in support to mental health and strengths-based principles into practice
  • Experience working from an anti-oppression framework with demonstrated commitment to equity and justice doing
  • Strong clinical knowledge and skills in at least one of the following: brief counselling, narrative therapy, solution-focused counselling/coaching, CBT, Mindfulness; other practice-based clinical interventions.
  • Clinical experience in crisis intervention, safety planning, suicide and risk assessments.
  • Demonstrated experience counselling youth and families with mental health, addiction challenges, family reunification and immigration challenges.
  • A valid Driver’s License with access to a vehicle is an asset.
  • Ability to work flexible hours (evenings and weekends) required.


The position is unionized, with salary of $58,406.40 per annum with an additional 5% in lieu of benefits.


Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF document by September 25, 2019to careers@evas. ca. Be sure to indicate 2019-65 Family Intervention Counsellorin the title. No phone calls, please.

Please note that as a condition of employment, the successful applicant must complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Reference Check. Eva’s would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to represent the diversity of our community, we strongly encourage people from diverse groups to apply. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Eva’s provides accommodation, accessible formats, and communication supports for the interview upon request.

Eva’s acknowledges the sacred land on which our organization stands, the territory of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and Confederacy of the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We are grateful to work here and we are mindful of broken covenants and the need to strive to make right with all our relations.

Eva’s Initiatives for Homeless Youth

Administrative Office: 401 Richmond St W., Suite 245, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3A8

Phone 416-977-4497 | Email info@evas. ca | Website www.evas. ca

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Job Types: Full-time, Contract