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Child and Youth Worker

Department Vanier Residential Program Date Posted 10/10/2018

Position Type Regular Full Time Reference No. 2018-2558

LocationMississauga, 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 counseling 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.

The Vanier Residence is a residential treatment program for youth 13-17 years of age with severe, chronic and complex mental health issues. The Vanier program began in 2010 as a result of an identified need for specialized community resources for youth with complex mental health issues. The program utilizes Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), an approach to skills-building. DBT treats the youth’s high-risk behaviors including self-harm, suicidal attempts and significant aggression. Once in the program, treatment goals are developed in conjunction with the youth and their families. Kinark’s clinical team develops an individualized program and works with the youth for 12 to 18 months.


Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!

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

We currently have an opportunity for a:

Child and Youth Worker

Vanier Residence– Mississauga ON

Regular, Full-Time – 40 hours*/week

* The successful candidate will be working rotating all shifts, which involves days, evenings, overnights and weekends


Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vanier Residential Supervisor, the child and youth worker will be an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team.    Clients range in age from 13 to 17 years of age.  The Evidence Based Practice that will be used in the Residence is Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Youth Workers play a key role engaging clients to achieve individualized goals.  


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development and implementation of treatment  plans
  • Be actively involved in community outreach
  • Support youth in the Section 23 classroom, be responsible for maintaining a therapeutic environment
  • Providing for all support of living in a community environment
  • Carry out primary care worker responsibilities. 



  • Child and Youth Worker Diploma
  • Minimum 2 years related experience.
  • Knowledge of Dialectical Behavior Therapy will be considered an asset.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certificate.
  • Must have a valid Ontario driver’s license.
  • 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: by October 23, 2018.


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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