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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, we build strength and resilience through equitable, accessible, client-driven services, system leadership and advocacy.     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. In its Lead Agency role, Strides Toronto collaborates with 23 publicly funded infant, child and youth mental health (ICYMH) core service providers to design and implement system-level improvements that promote access, responsive service delivery and experience, and positive mental health outcomes for young people and families across Toronto’s diverse communities. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we invite you to visit our website at


The Child and Family Therapist, Community Support is responsible for providing a broad range of therapeutic and service co-ordination services to children up to the age of 12 and their families in the Scarborough and East York area, in the context of flexible service delivery to reduce barriers to service and accommodate client need. The Child and Family Therapist provides family counseling as well as group services to support children presenting with mental health concerns and their families in reaching their identified treatment goals.

The Child and Family Therapist provides therapeutic child focused interventions exclusively in the community for children and families at risk of emotional and behavioural disturbances. The goal is to increase knowledge and skills and improve social and emotional resilience. The services are delivered within a one-to-one, and group context. Services take place at schools, shelters, and other community settings.

Salary range:     $67,180 to $77,898 per annum

This position is represented by OPSEU local 567.

This is a full-time contract role (one year).


– We provide a hybrid work model.
– We provide opportunities for growth and professional development.
– We are committed to providing an equitable and inclusive environment where our diverse team members and clients can thrive.
– We have a collaborative and supportive Senior Management Team
– 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 supportive counselling and treatment utilizing client-centered, trauma informed, evidence-based interventions to children presenting with mental health concerns and their families in accordance with organizational standards to support symptom reduction and improve children’s mental health.
– Consult and collaborate with community partners, agencies and individuals regarding children’s mental health to guide the development and implementation of treatment plans, and to ensure that service including admission, reason for referral, and discharge planning are delivered in a clinically appropriate, coordinated, and timely fashion.
– Enter clinical information into organization’s client information system and maintain appropriate, up-to-date clinical reports and recordings in accordance with organizational policy and guidelines, and consistent with recording guidelines from accreditation bodies.
– Incorporate and integrate ongoing learning, and evidence-based/ informed practices to enhance quality clinical work. Support learning of new staff and/ or colleagues.
– Establish and maintain effective working relationships with school personnel and other community partners to deliver, coordinate, and integrate services. This may also include our own organizations’ colleagues who reach out to them for community information or to inquire about programs that we are offering in a particular area of the community that may be helpful for their clients
– Work in a safe manner and adhere to the established health and safety measures and practices in compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act and regulations and adhere to organizational policies and procedures.

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

– Master’s level education (Master of Social Work or equivalent).
– Registered member and in good standing with professional college (Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario).
– One year of related experience post Master’s completion.
– Robust knowledge of assessment, treatment modalities (i.e., family therapy, brief therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, attachment-based interventions, trauma informed practice) including understanding of family dynamics, child development, attachment & trauma.
– 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.
– Ability to recognize and identify situations where incidents of imbalance of power and privilege may occur and can result in possible negative impacts.

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

– 2-3 years related experience or community experience.
– Functional computer and client information system knowledge.
– 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:

– A Vulnerable Sector police check.
– A positive police check does not automatically disqualify an applicant for a position with Strides Toronto.  The Police Check will be reviewed and evaluated for the purpose of making a decision on suitability for employment in relation to the specific duties and responsibilities of the position being filled.


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 January 31, 2024.

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 diversity of the communities we serve.  Strides Toronto is a participant in the Government of Canada’s 50-30 Challenge, a program which challenges organizations to improve access for women and/or non-binary people and other equity-deserving groups, including those identifying as: racialized, Black, and/or people of colour, people with disabilities (including invisible and episodic disabilities), 2SLGBTQ+ and/or gender and sexually diverse individuals, and Aboriginal and/or Indigenous Peoples to  increase the representation and inclusion of diverse groups within their workplace.

In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, 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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