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Child and Youth Worker

Department Community Mental Health East Date Posted 10/9/2018

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2018-2554

LocationDurham Region, Ontarion, 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 a:

Child and Youth Worker

Temporary, Full Time (12 month contract)

Community Mental Health – Durham

Hourly Rate: $24.29 -$25.49 - $26.77


* The successful candidate will be required to work some evenings based on client needs.



Job Summary:

This position is an integral part of a busy, dynamic and growing clinical program at Kinark Child & Family Services in the Community-based Child and Youth Mental Health Stream.  As part of the Durham Program, the incumbent Child and Youth Worker (CYW) will be an integral part of the Intensive Community Support Services (ICSS) team.  Children, youth, and their families involved with services at Kinark receive an assessment by a therapist (social worker, psychologist) who then provides evidence based mental health treatment.  ICSS workers are expected to work collaboratively with the therapist to apply adjunct support via psycho-social and behavioural interventions within the living environment of the child, youth and family.  This will include the family home, school, and community.  As a valued member of the treatment team, the CYW will actively participate in treatment meetings, case conferences, and other professional consultations.  Due to the in vivo nature of the work provided by the ICSS team, the CYW will be required to use effective de-escalation strategies to respond to potential crisis as well as support skill development, coaching, and practice within the context of daily living.  In addition to work with individual children and their families, the CYW will also be required to facilitate group interventions within this role.


The Child and Youth Worker – Community Mental Health position is covered by the Communications Workers of America, Local 30248.


Duties & Responsibilities (not limited to):

  • Connect and maintain collaborative relationships with community partners.
  • Conduct Functional Behavioural Assessments for targeted behaviours (training provided).
  • Support caregivers in developing and implementing consistent and functional structure and routines in the home environment.
  • Educate and provide in-vivo coaching to caregivers and/or children in:
    • Conflict and crisis management techniques
    • Effective communication skills
    • Behaviour management techniques
    • Social skills
    • Emotion regulation skills
    • Skill generalization to home, school and community environments
  • Facilitate identified therapeutic exposures.
  • Identify barriers to treatment implementation within the home, school and community environments and conduct solution analysis to resolve.
  • Prepare for and facilitate or co-facilitate group interventions.
  • Educate and support children, youth and families in learning about community resources and accessing them.
  • Complete all contact notes and documentation in accordance with agency standards.
  • Collaborate with other members of the treatment team and participate in interagency/team meetings (e.g. IDC)
  • Attend regular supervision.


Education and Experience Qualifications:

o    Minimum of a Child and Youth Worker diploma or equivalent

o    Must be registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). 

o    Minimum of two years of relevant experience working in children’s mental health.

o    Experience in providing a range of treatment programs which address the social, emotional and behavioural needs of children and their families in various contexts.

o    An understanding of the complexities of working with multi-stressed individuals and families is required.

o    Experience and knowledge in crisis intervention is an asset. 

o    Preparedness to participate in on going professional development

o    Advance knowledge of group dynamics is required.

o    Experience in Evidence Based Programming (Triple P, SNAP, Coping Cat and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is an asset

o    Training in Suicide Risk Assessment/support (ASIST by Living Works) considered an asset and/or other youth suicide intervention training.

o    Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

o    Computer literacy and effective report writing abilities.

o    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.

o    Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical.

o    Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their résumés via: by October 31, 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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