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Crisis Response Social Worker

Department Northumberland Date Posted 11/6/2019

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2019-2972

LocationCobourg, 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.

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:

Crisis Response Social Worker

for Northumberland Crisis Service Pilot

Northumberland County Child and Youth Crisis Response Service

Temporary, Full-Time – 35 hours*/week 

*the successful incumbent will be required to work some evenings to 7pm

Hourly Rate: $35.43 - $37.24- $39.06


Job Summary:

In this Crisis Service Pilot, Crisis Response Social Worker provides telephone and/or face to face mental health crisis intervention for children and youth, and their families.  Crisis intervention involves assessing risk, developing risk safety plans, providing stabilization strategies, and supporting children/youth and families with brief service interventions until a longer-term service plan can be determined.  The Crisis worker will liaise with community partners such as hospitals, schools, police, and other crisis service agencies (e.g. Four Counties Crisis) along with the existing Northumberland Crisis Services Working Group in contributing to the development of an enhanced crisis service model.  Other responsibilities include working in an inter-disciplinary and inter/intra agency work environment.  Effective team work skills are essential along with excellent verbal and written communication skills.


Duties & Responsibilities:

Provide crisis services to children/youth in Northumberland:

  • Identify presenting concerns and assess risk
  • Develop plans with families to stabilize the crisis and create safety plans to address risk
  • Connect children/youth and their families with other resources as required
  • Provide brief crisis/stabilization support to youth and families in office, community and in-home


Provide waitlist services for children/youth waiting for Kinark services who go into crisis


Work collaboratively with the Northumberland Crisis Services Working Group to:

  • Develop an enhanced crisis service for Northumberland through community partnerships and service agreements
  • Create clear pathways to/from crisis services and other community partners
  • Promote the crisis service and raise awareness of how to access the service
  • Participate in the development of an evaluation plan including outcome criteria and metrics to determine effectiveness of the pilot



  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work or a Health-Related Discipline with a minimum of 3 years relevant experience is preferred.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work with extensive and relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as a Social Worker, or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
  • Must be eligible and able to perform Psychotherapy as defined under the act.
  • A minimum of 3 years relevant experience working in a mental health setting, is required.
  • Excellent clinical assessment, formulation and treatment planning skills is essential.
  • 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.
  • Bilingual English/French candidates will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their résumés via:  by November 30, 2019


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.

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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.