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Social Worker

Department Vanier Residential Program Date Posted 9/9/2019

Position Type Regular Full Time Reference No. 2019-2919

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 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.

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 Behaviour Therapy (DBT), an approach to skills-building. DBT treats the youth’s high-risk behaviours including self-harm, suicidal attempts and significant aggression.


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:

Social Worker

Vanier Residence – Mississauga, ON

Regular, Full-Time –35 hours*/week

*the successful candidate will be required to work evenings based on the needs of the clients.


Job Summary:                                                                                      

Reporting to the Client Services Supervisor, the Clinical Social Worker is responsible for doing a comprehensive risk assessment and a clinical assessment of the client’s treatment needs, including the development of a clinical formulation and treatment plan based on a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy treatment approach and case conceptualization. In addition the Clinical Social Worker oversees the implementation of the treatment plan, working closely with the Residential Supervisor in overseeing its implementation in the Residence.

Duties & Responsibilities (are not limited to):

  • Develop and formulate treatment plans using  Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
  • Provide support to the Residential team of Child and Youth workers regarding implementation of the plan.
  • Coordinate the referral/intake process with the community partners and provide case management and service co-ordination as required and liaising with community agencies.  (i.e. school, police, Children’s Aid Society).
  •  Carries out various treatment components including individual, family and group counselling with family and clients.
  • Assess client strengths and needs, including risk identification.
  • Manages high-risk and aggressive behaviour in accordance with agency standards.
  • Participation in quality assurance, evaluation and research activities.



  • A Master’s Degree in Social Work with a minimum of 1 year experience 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.
  • Minimum of 1 years of children mental health experience working with complex needs clients.
  • Extensive experience working with a residential treatment teams with high needs youth who experience complex mental health issues is an asset.
  • Excellent clinical assessment, formulation and treatment planning skills are essential.
  • Experience with providing individual, family and group therapy.
  • A highly developed clinical intervention skill set
  • Excellent communication, organizational, engagement and sustainability skills.
  • Working knowledge of evidence informed therapy models and techniques, and the ability to work with families in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Experience with the fundamentals of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy will be an asset.
  • Experience with trauma and attachment interventions an asset.
  • Computer literacy and effective report writing abilities.  
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Travel is required for this position, the successful candidate must have a valid  Ontario driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle.
  • 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 September 23, 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.