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Website CTYS_Youth Central Toronto Youth Services

Community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre

Family Focused Outreach Therapist
(Full Time Bargaining Unit Position at CTYS)

Youth Justice Mental Health ACCESS Program at CTYS

The Youth Justice Mental Health ACCESS Program is a collaboration between CTYS and Turning Point Youth Services (TPYS) to provide mental health assessments and brief treatment, to youth and their families involved with the youth justice system. The YJ MH ACCESS Team supports youth in conflict with the law and their families. The Family Therapist will focus specifically on the engagement of family to improve family functioning by affecting change in the family system. Many of our youth justice clients are being referred to services after a family breakdown has occurred and the youth find themselves without the family support that can be a positive factor in their reintegration. The family focused intervention would be based on a community outreach model. A flexible work schedule and approach is required to ensure service accessibility including some evening work, and community/ client home/virtual service delivery. For more details, see

As employers we are committed to building intervention and management teams that reflect the diversity of our clients. Priority will be given to qualified applicants who identify with and have experience supporting BIPOC communities.

– Engage youth and family in counselling by working with parent(s), guardians, identified family members and/or young person jointly and individually as referred by Toronto probation services, mental health court workers and collaborative agency partners
– To work effectively with mental health collaborative partners, youth , parents, probation services and other workers who are part of the youth’s team
– Work collaboratively with youth and parents to develop individualized assessment and effective service delivery plans using strengths based family systems approach. Interventions may:
 Address relational and communication issues within family
 Support parents to develop parenting skills and competency
 Provide psychoeducation for parents
 Support parents to address individual and systemic issues in order to build stability and support for youth
 Work with parents to address challenges and develop skills in systems navigation
– To transition youth and families to community based services and other resources when required
– Participate in program and evaluation development
– Ensure that all reporting and documentation meets requirements and are completed in a timely manner
– Participate in supervision, program meetings, all-staff meetings, clinical consultations, peer consultations, committee/partnership meetings and professional development as required

– Demonstrated experience working from an anti-oppressive framework with youth and families from diverse ethno-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds including youth with diverse intellectual abilities and racialized communities
– A graduate degree in counselling, Social Work or related helping profession
– Membership in the appropriate professional regulatory body
– Minimum three years experience working in children’s mental health
– Experience working with families from a community outreach model
– Experience working with trauma informed, resiliency and strength based approaches
– Experience working with youth who are involved with the Youth Justice system
– Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with the youth justice system and collateral service providers
– Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport and engage marginalized youth and their families
– Knowledge of program development and evaluation is an asset
– A valid Ontario driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle

Salary Range: $63,108.92-75,355.35

Start Date: ASAP

Please submit a letter of application with resume to:

Central Toronto Youth Services
65 Wellesley St. E., Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1G7
Fax: (416) 924-2930

We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

CTYS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection and hiring process. As employers, we are committed to building organizations that reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage applications from racialized, queer and transgender people, and those with lived experiences with mental health challenges.

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