Clinical Counsellor Permanent – Job Post 1183

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:  May 27, 2021
POSITION:  Clinical Counsellor Permanent – Full Time Bargaining Unit Position  
LOCATION:  747 Warden Avenue (Warden Housing Program)  
REPORTS TO:  Senior Manager, Clinical Services  
DESCRIPTION:This position is responsible for facilitating a variety of psychoeducational and therapeutic groups at the Warden Housing Program. The position will also provide single session and brief individual and family counselling, case management, education, advocacy, and consultation to support youth and their families or caregivers presenting with mental health, emotional or behavioral issues at the Kennedy location and occasionally at the Warden location.   Key Responsibilities:   Facilitates psychoeducational and therapeutic groups and provides brief and ongoing individual, family and parent counselling. Makes appropriate treatment recommendations in collaboration with clients. Assesses effectiveness of group and counselling support and collaboratively alters approach to suit client needs.   Prepares documents and other resources for client and group sessions: takes clinical notes during or after group and counselling sessions, enters information, and prepares letters and reports. Manages cases: follows up by telephone; makes appropriate referrals; researches and coordinates internal and external services; works with multidisciplinary professionals, such as child protection and youth justice. Reports to appropriate person or body any incidents that may jeopardize client, staff or community safety. Develops professionally through supervision, team meetings, case consultations, external training 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 brief and single session clinical counselling models (such as; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT, Narrative, etc.), training in psychoeducational and therapeutic group work, evidence-based practices, familiarity with outcome informed approaches and trauma informed practices, diversity and anti-oppression training, familiarity with standardized assessments. 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 using an Anti-Black Racism lens is an asset.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:This position will be required to work up to two evenings (after 6 pm) per week.  Required to relieve counsellor at the Live-In treatment Residence if needed. Ability to speak French and/or additional languages an important asset.

35 hours per week.
SALARY RANGE:$56,213 – $63,808  
APPLY  – Please quote File #1183 in the subject line.  
CLOSING DATE:Open Until Filled

YouthLink values the diversity of people and communities and is committed to equity and inclusion.  As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities. If you have a disability and require accessibility accommodations with the application process, please contact

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.