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Social Worker

Department Durham Date Posted 9/25/2019

Position Type Temporary Full Time Reference No. 2019-2930

LocationWhitby, 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 a:

Social Worker

Community Mental Health – Durham – Whitby, ON

Temporary, Full-Time – 35 hours/week (12month contract, potentially renewable)

Hourly pay: $35.40 - $37.16- $39.03


Job Summary:

Social Workers are 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 Durham region.  The Prompt Support Services Team at Kinark (Durham) provides support for individuals and families who require timely or short term access to counseling services, but do not meet requirements for an emergency department visit. Social Workers provide clinical assessment and support plans for follow-up internally or in the community.  This can include immediate telephone and/or mobile crisis support and stabilization, scheduled single session therapy, short term in home behavior support, group, and/or individual treatment, as well as appropriate referrals for additional support.

The successful candidate will be required to work two evenings per week.  Further, as this is a new position, duties and/or hours may change over time including the possibility for shift work and/or on call requirements.  Social Worker – Community Mental Health position is covered by the Communications Workers of America, Local 30248.


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

      • Complete mental health assessments, considering the multiple layers and interacting mental health issues, needs, and disorders, family dynamics, and systemic concerns.
      • Conduct risk assessments and develop safety plans.
      • Provide immediate telephone and/or mobile crisis support and risk mitigating strategies
      • Utilize commitment strategies to obtain commitment to therapeutic engagement, while assessing client readiness and stage of change.
      • Complete a brief formulation and treatment plan, with input from the client/family
      • 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 child’s potential for developing/sustaining pro-social, self-regulation of mental health symptoms, and related behaviours
      • 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



  • 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: October 9, 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.