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Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist
The YWHN, a partnership involving the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara, the John Howard Society of Niagara, and Contact Niagara for Children’s and Developmental Services are looking for a qualified candidate to fill the following job opening:
Position: Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist (for 37.5 hours per week); supporting youth (12-25 years), with a particular focus on the needs of Indigenous & Francophone youth
(Position requires job responsibilities to be completed remotely, as well as face to face as supported by public health advice, across municipalities at locations in Niagara South, including Welland and Fort Erie, as well as St. Catharines).
Responsible To: Contact Niagara for Children’s and Developmental Services
Posting End Period: 02/17/2021
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: $29.63 – 32.06 per hour, plus benefits
Background: Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario (YWHO) aims to bring the right services to youth and their families at the right time and in the right place. YWHO is improving Ontario’s mental health and addiction services for youth and their families by providing rapid access to mental health and substance use services with walk-in, low-barrier services and clear pathways to service. In May of 2018, 10 communities across Ontario, including Niagara, were selected to become YWHO pilot sites. Currently, the YWHN offers a variety of services and supports to youth in the Niagara Region. YWHN services are co-located in three locations: the Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara (Welland site), John Howard Society of Niagara (Welland site), and the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre (Fort Erie).
Position Summary: Under the direction of the YWHN Project Manager at Contact Niagara, working within the context of a multidisciplinary team, the Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist will provide therapeutic interventions to youth, ages 12-25, based on evidenced-based practices. Using a client-centered approach, the Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist will conduct mental health assessments and provide case management and/or interventions to youth experiencing concerns related to their mental health and/or substance use. The Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist will deliver a range of evidence-based interventions, including solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing. Support will be provided to the Bilingual Social Worker / Registered Therapist via supervision from the YWHN Mental Health Clinical Supervisor, the YWHN team at Contact Niagara, and with support from partners at the three site locations.
Experience with/lived experience of oppression, racism, homophobia, transphobia and/or ableism and/or personal connection to queer or trans communities of color, including newcomer and disability communities will be an asset for applicants.
Required Skills and Abilities:
- Bilingual (French and English) with demonstrated knowledge of existing Francophone services, agencies, and networks in the community;
- Demonstrated experience working directly with youth populations in a clinical setting;
- Demonstrated experience in recognizing and understanding the unique barriers to accessing services Indigenous and Francophone youth face, and ability to work through a lens of sensitivity to diversity related to race, religion, culture, cognitive functioning, poverty, sexual orientation and gender identity when supporting these populations;
- A willingness to meet and engage youth “where they are at.” For example, connecting with youth in the hub space and in the community, participating in wellness/recreational activities, and prioritizing initial relationship building prior to clinical service delivery.
- Demonstrated experience in a range of therapeutic modalities and evidence-based assessment and treatment of youth including solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and motivational interviewing as demonstrated by relevant experience in a mental health setting;
- Demonstrated expertise and strong knowledge base in the occurrence and range of youth mental health and substance use disorders;
- Demonstrated case management/coordination experience, including service navigation, connecting with community resources, and transition planning;
- • Demonstrated experience in harm reductions, safety planning and crisis intervention techniques;
- • Demonstrated knowledge of community-based resources in mental health and other sectors, for example, such as child welfare and juvenile justice within the Niagara region;
- Knowledge of anti-oppressive practices and ability to implement them in work with youth and families;
- Prior experience working with 2SLGBTQ youth and youth of colour is an asset;
- Familiarity with and sensitivity to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and within the community;
- Demonstrated proficiency in report writing relating to assessment, consultation and treatment services;
- Excellent written and verbal communication and strong interpersonal skills;
- Demonstrated problem solving, critical thinking, and organizational skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team
Special consideration will be given to candidates with:
- Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations in the Niagara area that support youth in reaching their short and long term goals; direct experience addressing the needs, barriers, and goals of Indigenous Youth; familiarity with Indigenous traditional teachings; and ability to assess Indigenous Youth needs in an urban/rural setting;
- A master’s degree in clinical social work from an accredited School of Social Work or a master’s degree in counselling/clinical psychology and current certificate of Registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or current registration as a Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle
- Required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
- CPR certified, or willingness to be certified
- Vulnerable Sector Check (CPIC)
- Willingness to travel (if required) – within Niagara, with some potential travel in Ontario.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward your resume and a cover letter to:
Contact Niagara for Children’s and Developmental Services
23 Hannover Drive, Unit 8
St. Catharines, ON L2W 1A3
Attention: Thomas Coyne, YWHN Project Manager
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