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Website CTYS_Youth Central Toronto Youth Services

Community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre

Youth and Family Counsellor
Pride & Prejudice Program
Permanent Full-time, 28 hours a week (0.8 FTE)

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Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre with a range of services and programs for youth and families across Toronto. These services are client-centered and flexible, geared for youth and families with a range of mental health needs who may have difficulty accessing traditional office-based services.

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is seeking a Youth and Family Counsellor to join our Pride and Prejudice team. Reporting to the Manager, Client Services, Pride and Prejudice program, the Youth and Family Counsellor will be primarily responsible for providing individual, group, and family counselling to 2SLGBTQIA+ youth and their families.

The Pride & Prejudice Program specifically supports youth aged 13-24 exploring sexual and gender identity, coming out, interpersonal conflicts, experiences of trauma and mental health challenges.

As employers we are committed to building intervention and management teams that reflect the diversity of our clients. Identification as a member of the BIPOC and 2SLGBTQIA+ communities will be prioritized for this position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide individual, group, and family therapy (or family work).
  • Provide shorter term (3-6 month) and longer term (1-2 year) therapy services that are informed by trauma, attachment, and family systems theories using affirming gender and sexuality counselling approaches.
  • Provide flexible services that ensure accessibility for youth and families including after school appointments plus two evenings a week
  • Work collaboratively with youth, parents, school personnel and other service providers
  • Develop individualized and effective service delivery plans using a strength based and youth and family engagement perspective.
  • Case management support for transitions to community services.
  • Participate on internal CTYS or external 2SLGBTQIA+ committees


  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or relevant degree and/or equivalent professional education and/or experience
  • Minimum two years’ experience working in Children’s Mental Health setting
  • Membership with a professional regulatory body permitted to practice psychotherapy in Ontario (OCSWSSW, CRPO)
  • Membership in and identification with the 2SLGBTQIA+ and BIPOC communities (priority given to membership in the Trans, non-binary and Black communities)
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the issues, needs and Toronto resources for 2SLGBTQIA+ youth
  • Expertise in working with Trans, non-binary and gender questioning youth
  • Knowledge of and commitment to practice from a decolonizing, anti-racist and anti-oppression framework
  • Knowledge of and commitment to an evidence informed practice
  • Experience supporting family members of transgender and non-binary youth, individually & in group
  • Experience in assessment, counselling and case coordination with 2SLGBTQIA+ youth experiencing serious mental health challenges
  • Experience in providing trauma informed and family systems interventions and crisis support/safety planning
  • Strong communication and computer technology skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with youth and their families
  • Must be available to work two evenings per week
  • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccinations (2 doses) required
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Check required
  • Proficiency in French and/or another language is an asset

Start Date: July 2024

Salary Range: $ 63,109 – $75,355 (prorated to 50,486 – 60,284, 0.8 FTE)

Competitive Benefits Package

  • Generous Paid Time Off Entitlements (including 15 Vacation, 15 Personal Leave days, 7 Professional Development days)
  • Excellent Extended Health and Dental Benefits Plan
  • Participation in Defined Pension Plan (DPP)
  • Employer Paid Contributions to Group Retirement Savings Plan (GRSP)
  • Flexible work schedule

Application Instructions:

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter via email by June 28, 2024:

Central Toronto Youth Services


We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

CTYS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodation is 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 people of colour, queer people, trans people, people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental health challenges to apply. Priority will be given to applicants that identify with and have experience supporting Black / African diasporic communities as well as transgender and non-binary communities.

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