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Counsellor, ITS - Elliot Lake

Job Type: Job
Closing Date: November 23, 2018

Hourly Salary: $27.66 - $34.40 hourly                                              Location:  Blind River / Elliot Lake

Status:            Permanent, Full time                                                 Reference #:    ITS-0618-01


Intensive Treatment Clinicians use an Intensive Systemic Treatment Model to treat children and youth with complex mental health difficulties.  Utilizing systemic strengths the therapists work to preserve natural family environments and, whenever required, work to reduce the need for out-of-home placement.


Intake Services

Serve as the entry point for children, youth and their families wishing to access designated voluntary services within AFS (Algoma Family Services) service system, as well as specialized services offered through Sault Area Hospital Crisis services. For all but complex, multi-need children, this role will be brief and limited to information collection and facilitation of appropriate referrals to service-providing agencies.

Complex Case Management

  • Support and advocate for children/youth with complex needs and their families, irrespective of diagnoses or defined agency eligibility criteria for access to services, including those in immediate crisis, (requiring short-term supports to return them to full functioning) and those with long-term intensive service needs.
  • Act as a children’s service system navigator to help guide children/youth with complex/multiple needs and their families through the system of services.
  • In collaboration with community partners, provide comprehensive, cross-sectorial children’s service system coordination/case resolution services on behalf of complex, high-risk children and youth and their families/caregivers, in consultation with a variety of local and regional children’s services providers.
  • Develop initial “Algoma Community Plan for Service” (ACPS) in conjunction with members of the “Child and Family Team” [parents/guardians, child/youth if of age, members of family’s support network (as selected by family), case managers/service providers involved with the child/youth], and to complete the “Client/Parent Review of ACPS” every 4 months. (as per policy guidelines). 

Clinical Intervention:

  • Provide crisis counseling services in addition to the provision of evidence-based mental health treatment services to children, youth and families. 
  • The service model will utilize evidence-based cognitive therapy models with a strengths based approach. The level of impact on daily functioning and the duration, frequency, and severity of the symptoms, as well as the presence of natural supports will determine the length of services provided for the client.
  • The level of services will include a range of crisis, brief, medium and long-term therapy specifically designed to lessen the level of impact on daily functioning, and according to consequent response to treatment interventions.  The model will include counseling interventions in office-based and community-based sites (e.g. schools, home, physician’s office) with varying frequency based on need. Individual, family and group oriented services will be provided where applicable. Services will include the development of community supports for youth who require additional assistance to augment the counseling process.


  • M.S.W. or MA in counselling is preferred
  • BSW or BA (Social Sciences) with related experience working with children, youth adults and families is required.
  • Current registration and in good standing with a regulated professional college (RSW/ RP) is required
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License (minimum of Class G2 if under the age of 19, and Class G license if 19 and over), ability to travel, and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Available to work flexible hours and across various settings (school, office, walk in clinic, single therapy session, community- 24hr on-call requirement).
  • nowledge of family-based interventions, systems theory, child development and behaviour management.
  • Knowledge of empirically based treatment models.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a treatment team.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, The Education Act, The Mental Health Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Proficiency with computers, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) an asset.


  1. Maintain the confidentiality of our clients and client information at all times as per agency policies and procedures
  2. Work as a member of the Intensive Treatment Services team providing services to children/adolescents and their families throughout the community.
  3. Ensure the daily reports, clinical recording, statistical information, and other administrative requirements are accurately and promptly completed and communicated to the appropriate sources in order to ensure that client information is shared and that the treatment plan is coordinated and supported in a timely and efficient manner.  Develop individual and systemic treatment plans incorporating other community agents such as schools, physicians, courts, collateral agencies, etc.
  4. Work with clients directly in the home, school, peer and neighborhood settings in which problems arise.
  5. Provide individual, family and group services where applicable.
  6. Work in cooperation with the agency staff and community partners to ensure that client information is shared, and that the case plan is coordinated and supported in a timely and efficient manner.  Refer clients as required to relevant services within or outside of the agency/community.
  7. Be available as part of a team providing services on call 24 hours per day during work week.
  8. Be available to travel to and service assigned areas outside of established urban centers. 
  9. Provide individual, family and group treatment / psycho-education services where applicable.
  10. Participate and successfully complete in an Intensive Systemic Therapy training program and regular training boosters.
  11. Participate in the weekly Intensive Treatment team peer supervision process, as well as individual supervision.
  12. Ensure that daily reports, clinical recording, statistical information and other administrative requirements are accurately and promptly completed, and communicated to the appropriate sources.
  13. Display a thorough understanding of and enthusiastic attitude toward Intensive Treatment Services.
  14. Provide input into the development of proposals for service delivery and growth.
  15. Participate, as assigned, in any relevant internal or external committees.
  16. Take initiative to develop a personal professional development plan.
  17. Participate in Adventure Based Learning (ABL) with clients as deemed appropriate.
  18. Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor / Manager.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the OPSEU. 

Algoma Family Services (AFS) is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve.   AFS encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.


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