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SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

POSITION: Child and Youth Care Practitioner

PROGRAM: Individual and Family Services – Bridging Service

POSITION DETAILS: 1.0, Full time




The Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids (GH-CCMH) is a child and youth mental health centre integrated with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). GH-CCMH is also a core service provider within the Toronto region of Child and Youth Community Mental Health Providers. As such, the Centre has an ambitious agenda to provide the highest quality evidence-informed care offering a range of services from prevention and early intervention through counselling and therapy, assessment and intensive supports. Services are provided in both in-person and virtual formats. As an employer, the Centre strives to reflect the many diverse cultures and identities represented in the children, youth and families we serve and seeks to provide an inclusive and equitable workplace. We are also connected to the continuum of mental health services for children and youth supported by SickKids: the Brain and Mental Health Program, the SickKids TeleLink Mental Health Program, the SickKids CCMH Learning Institute and our online resources through AboutKidsHealth. Find out more about GH-CCMH.


This position is initially dedicated to the transition of children, youth and their families from inpatient units at SickKids into GH-CCMH community based mental health services and supports. The position will work collaboratively with partners at SickKids to support the clinical transition pathway. The position may evolve to include other transitional pathways from acute to community care. This position will provide service planning, navigation and brief supportive counselling to children and youth experiencing mental health concerns, and their families, to ensure they move in, through and out of publicly funded mental health services in a timely and seamless manner.  



Clinical Services

  • As directed by, and in collaboration with Child and Family Therapist(s), provides clinical interventions and services for assigned children, youth and their families maintaining caseloads and supporting clients.
  • Participates in the implementation of individual treatment plans for clients assessing behaviours and responding to clients’ needs.
  • Acts as a role model displaying age-appropriate behavioural management and intervention skills for clients.
  • Provides outreach and transitional support to clients, as required.
  • Coordinates cases with family/caregiver/relevant service providers/service planning team or creates materials for students relating to strategies/interventions.
  • Supports clients by facilitating social skills/therapeutic activities and organizing/attending events.
  • Prepares documents/reports related to treatment plans and related activities, and consults with others, as needed.
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of best practices related to clinical services.
  • Prepares statistical data, as required.
  • Makes decisions related to day-to-day treatment issues and on-going intervention techniques.



  • Complies with the organization’s vision, policies and procedures.
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by management.



  • Post-secondary Diploma in Child and Youth Care and a minimum of one year of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience; experience working in community is strongly preferred.
  • Member with the Ontario Child and Youth Care Association or equivalent association/accrediting organization.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills including communication skills with clients and families.
  • Good problem-solving skills to analyze client issues, recommend solutions and manage crisis situations
  • First Aid/CPR, and TCI.
  • Good knowledge of MS Office Suites (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), as well as ability to use office equipment efficiently (telephone, scanner, photocopier and fax).
  • Experience and understanding of issues of marginalization and oppression are necessary to work in this role.
  • Ability to engage in physical activities related to sports, board games, play based activities, etc., and UMAB training.
  • Ability to work flexible hours.
  • Ability to travel to various locations, including clients’ homes if required.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is an asset.


Vaccination Requirements:

As a health care centre, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families and staff.  As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our clients, families and our staff.  Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon proof of full vaccination with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date. Should there be an exemption of vaccination based on a medical, or human rights reason, proof will need to be provided, in addition to participation in regular COVID-19 testing based on exposure risk as well as participation in vaccine education. All offers of employment are conditional on meeting these minimum requirements, failure to comply will lead to offer of employment being immediately rescinded.


Interested applicants are asked to forward their resumes by May 22, 2024 to:

Human Resources – SickKids CCMH



Note: Please quote position title & competition number in the subject heading of email.


We are seeking applicants internally and externally.


GH-CCMH at SickKids is an employer committed to equity and recognizes that excellence in mental health can only exist when diverse experience and perspectives are valued and included. We encourage applications from equity deserving communities, including Indigenous people, people with disabilities, members of racialized groups, and persons of all genders and sexual orientations.


The Centre views diversity, inclusion, and cultural humility as essential pieces of an integrated whole that sustains our organization and enables us to provide exceptional care to each child, youth and family we serve.

We are committed to creating an accessible experience for all candidates; please reach out regarding accommodations at any point during the hiring process.

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