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Clinical Therapist

Department Community Mental Health Date Posted 7/24/2017

Position Type Regular Full Time Reference No. 2017-2149

LocationBarrie, Ontario, Canada

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario, which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families.  Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

Kinark:  Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!


We currently have an opportunity for two (2):

Clinical Therapists

  Regular, Full-Time – 35 hours*/week - Simcoe Program

1 x based out of Barrie

1 x based out of Midland

*the successful candidate will be required to work some evenings a week based on client needs.


Job Summary:

The Clinical Therapist is an integral part of a busy, dynamic and growing clinical program at Kinark Child and Family Services, Community Based Child and Youth Mental Health program in the Simcoe region.  As a member of an interdisciplinary team the Clinical Therapist will be required to liaise with internal and external collaterals in the provision of clinical services. 

Reporting to the Supervisor of Client Services , the Clinical Therapist will be responsible for completing comprehensive clinical assessments, formulate, and develop individualized treatment plans prior to providing individual, family, and/or group therapy to high risk and complex children, youth, and families within an office-based, as well as a community-based setting, as required.    This Clinical Therapist will primarily be based out of the Barrie Office but may also be required to work in the Midland Office as well.


Duties & Responsibilities (include but are not limited to):

  • Complete an initial comprehensive assessment, considering the multiple layers and interacting mental health issues, needs, and disorders, concurrent substance use issues, and medical conditions.
  • Conduct risk assessments and develop safety plans.
  • Utilize commitment strategies to obtain commitment to therapeutic engagement, while assessing client readiness and stage of change.
  • Complete a comprehensive formulation and treatment plan as a foundation for treatment, with input from collateral sources and multidisciplinary team integrated.
  • Modify treatment activities and approaches as needed in order to comply with changes in clients' status.
  • Provide intervention, with clinical outcomes to be achieved through application of evidenced-based practices with ongoing monitoring of impact.
  • Focus on the youth’s potential for developing/sustaining pro-social, self-regulation of mental health symptoms, related behaviours (e.g. substance use, conflict management, anger management)
  • Self-monitor the completion of progress/contact notes describing each client contact and how that contact relates to treatment goals and adherence to policy
  • Collaborate with other members of the treatment team and participate in interagency/team meetings



  • Master’s degree in Social Worker required.
  • Current member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers, or be eligible for registration.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a children’s mental health setting
  • Excellent clinical assessment, formulation and treatment planning skills is essential
  • Up-to-date knowledge of Simcoe Region community resources is an asset.
  • Training and or experience in Triple P- Positive Parenting program, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Brief Therapy will be considered assets.
  • Experience with providing a broad range of clinical services and demonstrated effective work with a child and adolescent population who present a variety of clinically challenging issues
  • Demonstrated expertise in family therapy, including brief models, and advanced group skills with children and parents are preferred
  • Computer competency and experience working with diverse cultures are considered as assets for this position.
  • Travel is required for this position, the successful candidate must have a valid  Ontario driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and be willing to obtain automobile insurance which includes driving for business purposes with a minimum liability of one million dollars
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical. 
  • Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their résumés via Kinark Child and Family Services career page: by Friday November 24, 2017


Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace.  We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.  We are committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’).   If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at or (905) 474-9595.


While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.

If you are looking for an exciting opportunity and to build a career in an innovative and dynamic organization, submit your resume by clicking on Apply Now below.
We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Kinark Child and Family Services is an equal opportunity employer.
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