Clinical Counsellor – Job Posting 1217

Based in Scarborough, YouthLink provides a range of mental health services proven to build resiliency & improve life outcomes for youth at risk.

Last year we reached out to more than 8700 young people and their families, helping youth to build connections with caring adults, develop their strengths, build new skills and pursue their goals for a more promising future. With the right support, guidance and opportunities, we believe that all youth can achieve their potential to succeed.

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DATE:  October 13, 2021
POSITION:  Clinical Counsellor Permanent, Full-time Starting ASAP Bargaining Unit Position  
LOCATION:  636 Kennedy Road Scarborough, ON M1K 2B3  
REPORTS TO:  Senior Manager, Clinical Services  
DESCRIPTION:This position is responsible for providing individual, family, and group counselling case management, education, advocacy, and consultation to support youth and their families or caregivers presenting with mental health, emotional or behavioural issues. YouthLink serves youth ages 12-21 for ongoing counselling, and ages 0-24 for walk-in counselling.   Key Responsibilities:   Provides walk-in and crisis counselling as well as longer-term family, individual and group counselling. Makes appropriate treatment recommendations in collaboration with clients. Assesses effectiveness of counselling support and collaboratively alters approach to suit client needs. Prepares documents and other resources for client and group sessions: takes clinical notes during counselling sessions, enters information, and prepares assessments and reports. Manages cases: follows up by telephone; makes appropriate referrals; researches and coordinates external services; locates and applies for funding to support clients; works with multidisciplinary professionals, such as child protection and youth justice. Reports to appropriate person or body any incidents that may jeopardize client or staff safety.   Develops professionally through supervision, team meetings, case consultations, external training events.   Increases awareness of Youthlink by attending community events.   Actively contributes to the Agency’s Strategic Plan by participating in initiatives and committees to support the overall Plan.   Takes all reasonable and necessary precautions to protect his or her own health and safety and that of co-workers by complying and demonstrating knowledge of the policies, procedures and safe practices established by YouthLink
EDUCATION:Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or directly related discipline. Specialized training in clinical counselling models (such as; CBT, Narrative, Solution-Focused etc.), training in evidence-based practices, familiarity with outcome informed approaches, training in trauma informed practice, diversity and anti-oppression. Training in trauma assessment and treatment, training in standard assessments including but not limited to BERS-2 an asset.Full member in good standing with a relevant governing body.  
EXPERIENCE:Two (2) years’ experience in clinical counselling. Knowledge of community services, relevant legislation, and social justice issues.Familiarity with suicide/risk assessment and crisis support services.Operating from an Anti-Black Racism lens is an asset. Bilingualism (French & English) is an asset…
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Must be able to obtain a Vulnerable Sector Police Check.Proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 is required. This position requires evening hours of 2 evenings per week. There are some risks involved in this position such as crisis management. Minimal travelling required. Proficiency in French is an asset.

35 hours per week
SALARY RANGE:$56,213 – 63,808  
APPLY  – Please quote File #1217 in the subject line.  
CLOSING DATE:Open Until Filled  

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Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, our What’s Up Walk-In services are now being offered online through video-conferencing. We know this is a stressful time for everyone, and we want you to be able to continue to access our counsellors and clinicians in a safe and secure way so we are now offering you online video-conferencing counselling and support.


Our E-Counselling What’s Up Walk-In service will be open Monday – Friday until further notice. If you would be interested in booking one of our daily video-conferencing appointments for a counselling or support session with a clinician, call 416-967-1773 extension 222 and you will be connected to our Intake department. E-Counselling and support is also available for many of our other programs. Intake staff can provide you with more information if you are interested.


Although many of our staff are temporarily working off-site, all of our housing and residential programs continue to operate as usual.