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Strides Toronto is a multi-service agency providing a wide range of exceptional programs and services that improve the mental, social, and physical health of infants, children, and youth from the pre-natal stage to age 29, and their families.  With a range of community, residential and treatment services our work helps to strengthen social and emotional well-being, for culturally diverse clients to move forward through adversity and develop abilities and skills to reach their full potential.   We provide individual, group and family interventions that include mental health counselling, autism services, education, outreach and referral, early intervention, day treatment and community support. To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit our website at


The Individual & Family Therapist, Brief Counselling Services is a full-time contract position that provides immediate, brief and virtual counselling support to infants, children, youth, and their families. The role consists of providing mental health supports, an entry point for mental health services, and brief counseling to clients who have accessed services through the What’s up Walk in, the Provincial Walk in and/or central intake.

Salary range:     $64,573 to $74,875 per annum

Other:                 This role is a part of the OPSEU Local 567 bargaining unit.

This is a contract position until March 2023.


  • We provide opportunities for growth and professional development.
  • We have a diverse and inclusive work environment with staff who speak multiple languages and dialects.
  • We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment where our team members and clients can thrive.
  • We set high standards for performance, client outcomes, and implement best practices, which are demonstrated through our accreditation with the Canadian Centre for Accreditation.


  • Provide evidence informed counselling to clients and their families who maybe experiencing distress or who require mental health support with the intention of resolving the presenting issues or referring them to appropriate mental health resources or services
  • Provide clients with DBT skills to ensure that high needs clients can engage in obtaining skills and support to manage their mental wellbeing
  • Conduct intake interviews for clients interested in the DBT group and confirm commitment to the program.
  • Document every interaction with clients on the client information system
  • Provide administrative support to programs i.e., updating schedules, printing materials and resources, notices to the community (internal and external) about new initiatives
  • Respond to crisis to address and reduce immediate risk to client, staff and/or community where a client may be at risk of harm to self or others (i.e., abuse, neglect, suicidal ideation, homelessness, aggression, self-harm, etc.)


The following education, professional memberships and knowledge are a requirement for this role:

  • M.S.W. or related Master’s degree
  • Minimum of 2 years direct service experience, preferably within children’s mental health and transitional aged youth
  • Registration in a regulatory body in good standing, that is permitted to provide psychotherapy such as OCSSWSW and CRPO
  • Trained in an evidence model of therapy
  • Familiarity with a range of evidence-based treatment modalities including SFBT, CBT, IPT and/or DBT
  • Demonstrated experience working within a Brief Services therapy model
  • Demonstrated experience working with infants, children, youth and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Awareness of the role of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and within the community being served by the position.
  • An understanding of Anti-Black Racism, anti-oppressive/anti-racism perspective in the context of the social determinants of health when working with clients and their families.
  • Ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of and imbalance of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible negative impacts for the client.


While not required, preference will be given to candidates with the following:

  • Knowledge of the cultural diversity of communities served by the agency.
  • Fluency in another language(s), including sign language.


As our work puts us in direct contact with youth and vulnerable persons in our community, with health and safety as a priority, the successful candidate must complete or obtain the following before commencement of their employment:

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19 or have received an exemption from the organization’s policy.
  • A Vulnerable Sector police check.


Please submit a cover letter and resume outlining your demonstrated education, certification (if applicable), working and related volunteer experience and how you meet specific requirements for this position, and any additional considerations you deem appropriate. The application deadline is April 30, 2022.

Strides Toronto is an equal opportunity employer. We benefit from diversity of lived experiences in the workplace and encourage applications from qualified candidates who reflect the range of cultures represented in the communities we serve.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and Strides Toronto’s own policies, requests for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

We thank all applicants however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.



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