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Website CTYS_Youth Central Toronto Youth Services

Community-based, accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre

Youth Support Worker
Relationship Skills for Violence Prevention (RSVP) with Youth Justice Programs
Contract (2 years) Full Time, 35 hours a week

OPSEU Bargaining Unit Position with full benefits

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 Support Worker to join our Youth Justice Programs team. Reporting to the Manager, Client Services, the Youth Support Worker, RSVP will be primarily responsible for working with youth and where indicated, their families, who are marginalized and involved with the youth court system. The support you will be providing relates to both diversion and reintegration services, utilizing evidence-based programs, individual supportive counseling, client outreach, client advocacy and supportive case management, in facilitating access to community supports. The Youth Support Worker will meet with the youth in the Toronto head office, community and/or home with the possibility of virtual work if indicated by need. Flexibility is required to work some evenings to accommodate the young person’s schedules.

CTYS’s Youth Justice Programs (www.CTYS.org) support young people who are serving a youth order and/or have matters before the Youth Court. Whether youth are seeking bail, have had their court matter diverted, are serving a custodial sentence or are on probation, our Youth Support Workers offer guidance, counselling and comprehensive support to young people in ways that are engaging, respectful and empowering.

RSVP programs connect with youth who are facing a range of complex challenges in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities. It provides outreach counselling support to youth who have youth criminal justice involvement related to dating relationship and domestic violence both with dating partners as well as with parents and siblings. For youth with sexual offending types of behaviours, RSVP will address healthy relationships, personal boundaries and informed consent.

As employers we are committed to building intervention and management teams that reflect the diversity of our clients. Identification as a member of the Black/ African Caribbean community is prioritized for this position.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct brief service assessments, develop client service plans and discharge plans
  • Adhere to a short-term relationship based psychoeducational program with client exercises and homework
  • Work with youth who have dating relationship and domestic violence challenges both with dating partners as well as with parents and siblings
  • Provide mental health supportive counselling, case management support and client advocacy
  • Active, on-going collaboration with community partners, court personnel and probation services
  • Ensure maintenance of client files in accordance with agency policies and procedures, accreditation standards and legislation
  • Support and sustain values of decolonization and racial justice as central to the work, and seek interventions that advance leadership of those most impacted by harmful systems
  • Ensure clinical services are delivered in a manner consistent with all applicable agency policies and procedures and accreditation standards
  • Support the youth in addressing individual and systemic issues to build stability and security
  • Participate in agency committees, special events or community activities when determined appropriate in consultation with the Program Manager
  • Participate in yearly service planning and program development meeting, as requested
  • 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

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or relevant degree and/ or equivalent professional education and experience
  • Identification with and/ or experience supporting racialized communities in particular Black African/Caribbean communities
  • Minimum three (3) years’ experience working with young persons involved in Youth Justice
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Youth Court and Youth Justice system
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant social services resources, child and youth serving systems, youth criminal justice system, the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA) and the Child and Family Services Act (CFSA)
  • Significant understanding of the impact of Anti-Black Racism (ABR) and expertise in supporting Black youth to build resilience
  • Skills in assessment, counselling and case coordination with youth experiencing mental health challenges
  • Commitment and experience working from an anti-oppressive framework
  • Familiarity and expertise with youth engagement strategies
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development, crisis intervention techniques, Cognitive
  • Behavioural Therapies (CBT), Trauma informed and strength-based approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues, the youth justice system and collateral service providers
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport and engage marginalized youth
  • Knowledge of program development and evaluation is an asset
  • Experience supporting virtual services is an asset
  • Proficient in the use of computers and familiarity with client data base software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Current First Aid/ CPR certification is an asset
  • A valid Ontario driver’s license and daily access to a vehicle
  • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccinations (2 doses) required
    Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Check required
    Proficiency in French language is an asset

Start Date: August 2024

Salary Range: $ 63,108.52- $75,355.35

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)

Application Instructions:

Please submit a Resume and Cover Letter via email by July 15, 2024 to:

Central Toronto Youth Services

Email:  Resumes@ctys.org

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

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.

To apply for this job email your details to resumes@ctys.org

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