Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth
OPEN DOORS FOR LANARK CHILDREN AND YOUTH
JOB DESCRIPTION AND SPECIFICATIONS
JOB TITLE: Counsellor (Bachelor/Masters)
DATE REVISED: June 25, 2012
JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for providing clinical services to children, youth and their families.
REPORTING TO: Team Leader
1.0 DIRECT SERVICE
3.0 RESEARCH, STUDENTS, AND VOLUNTEERS
Bachelors or Masters of Social Work (or other appropriate equivalent degree) plus two years experience
Experience in a children’s mental health setting preferred
NOTE: See Memorandum of Agreement attached
Knowledge of sexual abuse, family violence high risk families, and child development
Demonstrated skills in at least one of advanced family therapy, sexual abuse/trauma treatment, play therapy or solution focussed therapies essential
Ability to work in Windows environment using WORD
Valid Ontario Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.
Must work flexible hours, including evenings and the occasional weekend hours
Participates in standby roster
Key relationships will include team members, clients, CAS and other community agency frontline workers.
Minor health hazards with little exposure. Generally works in an office environment
Routine individual activity (i.e. submitting expense claims, cheque requisitions).
COUNSELLOR POSITION RECRUITMENT CHANGES
AS PER MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT SIGNED FEB. 8, 2013
Internal candidates shall be eligible to apply for an available Open Doors Counsellor position based on the following criteria:
*Applicants shall provide a transcript to demonstrate that they have successfully completed a minimum of 66% of core counselling and child/family courses in a Bachelor’s Degree in Social work or a related degree program deemed applicable by the agency and/or the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers; plus 5 years experience as a Child and Youth Counselor or Early Years Counselor with the agency. (CYC’s and ECE’s are to check with their supervisor about the suitability of their program of study especially in the event they are enrolled in a degree program other than a Bachelor of Social Work).
*Applicants must have participated in training opportunities (counseling skills, such as CBT, DBT, psychotherapy, solution focused training) at the agency for the previous two (2) years.
*Successful candidates shall be presented with a Conditional Offer in which they shall be required to complete the relevant degree within two and one half (2.5) years from the date of hire in the Counsellor position.
*Successful candidates will be remunerated as per Appendix “A” of the Memorandum of Agreement. A successful candidate will be offered a hiring salary at the same step as per the Counsellor grid that provides a wage increase. During the conditional offer period the employee may progress to the maximum of Step 7 on the Counsellor grid. Once at Step 7 they will not be eligible for further advancement on the Open Doors Counsellor grid until they have complied with all terms set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding.
*Successful candidates must be members of the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario at such time as the new health regulation related to the Psychotherapy Act becomes law.
*Should the successful candidate not fulfill the conditions as set forth above, they will not be eligible to apply to future Open Doors Counsellor positions until they have completed the required degree qualification. In addition their salary will be red circled until they have successfully completed the degree program.
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