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Family Centre - Mental Health Therapist

Jan 20, 2020

Community-Based Mental Health Therapist
Competition #1411

The Family Centre has a strong reputation for providing quality services basing our work
on research and evidence based practices. We pride ourselves on providing leading edge
training and strong, reflective supervision. Our intention is to create a healthy
organization that is intelligent in its response to community issues and intentional about
our respectful treatment of each other. We have a strong focus on Trauma Informed Care
for the communities we support, as well as our staff teams. The Family Centre strives to
hire a diverse team of employees, reflecting the diverse communities we support.
The Family Centre exists to support families and children to help them flourish and to
help people engage with one another in order to promote healthy, safe, and economically
viable communities.

Healthy families in healthy communities
Mental Health Therapist in the community are part of an integrated service delivery
team. They work collaboratively with other service providers in a “circle of Support”
model for children and their families. Developing relationships with hard to reach
parents and caregivers is an important part of this work. Decades of research prove that
children’s outcomes are deeply related to family context. The Family Centre uses Two
Generations approach to guide all our services, we strive to serve children and their
caregivers together to harness the family’s full potential and to put the entire family on a
path to long term health and wellness. In the community, about 40% of the work is
focused on developing and maintaining relationships, providing informal clinical
support to children, school staff and other team members as well as group work; 60% of
their time would be formal counselling.
At The Family Centre, Therapists provide services to wide range of clients in our offices.
Services include Individual, Couple, Family and Group Therapy; Substance Abuse
Assessments; Critical Incident Response; Coaching; Psycho-Educational Workshops;
EAP Workshops; Organizational Wellness Assessments, and other related duties. (Some
additional training may be provided). Full time therapists are expected to work within
their set schedules that may include evenings or Saturdays to accommodate high
demand times for client appointments. Therapists are expected to meet benchmarks of
70% direct service to 30% non-direct service for clinical work at the agency.
Therapists report to their Clinical Supervisors for their work at The Family Centre and in
the community.

 Master's Degree or PhD in Social Work, Psychology, Pastoral Counselling or in a
related field
 Certification and registration in good standing with applicable professional
 Three years formal counselling experience
 Experience with families is required and experience with seniors is an asset
 Ability to work in a team environment and flexibility in taking on new roles
 Good verbal and written communication skills in English
 Computer literacy

 Police Security Clearance and Child and Youth Information Systems Check (must
be no more than 6 months old at start of employment and renewed every 3 years)
 Indigenous Awareness (8 hours within the first twelve months of employment
and every year thereafter)

 Provide counselling to seniors, children and caregivers to heal from the effects of
toxic stress and complex trauma
 Build relationships of trust with clients and other professionals
 Use sound evidence-based interventions, in particular, short term therapy
techniques, to provide service to clients for a wide range of issues
 Promote awareness of healthy brain development and effects of Adverse
Childhood Experiences (ACE)
 Assist the client in connecting with community resources (assessment and
 When the client is unable, advocates on behalf of the client and teaches client
how to advocate on his/her own behalf
 Completes administrative responsibilities on time
 Attends staff meetings, in-service training and supervision meetings as required
 Maintains a clinical record for each client, couple or family as per the presenting
 Stays current about regulatory or legislative developments
 Maintains on-going professional development
 Maintains professional registration in good standing

Supervision and Support:
Individual meetings with the Clinical Supervisor are planned monthly to review clinical
and administrative matters. Group supervision with a therapy team are scheduled twice
a month.

Integration and Access:
In settings where the Therapists are part of an integrated team, it is vital to be fully
involved in team processes directed toward integration of interventions.

A comprehensive compensation package including Manulife benefit plan and RRSP
From $64,103 - $ 79,801 Annually
February 5, 2020
Dr. Edna Wakene
Manager, Therapy & Counselling Services

The Family Centre thanks all applicants in advance. Only those candidates selected for
an interview will be contacted. The Family Centre is an equal opportunity employer.
We are committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes, as well
as work environment. We will be happy to work with applicants requesting
accommodation at any stage of the hiring process.

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