Counsellor, Care & Treatment

Position:          Counsellor, Care and Treatment (Genesis)       Reference #:   CBS-0907-01

Hourly Rate:    $29.11 – $35.99                                                 Reports to       Clinical Supervisor / Manager

Location:         Sault Ste. Marie                                                 Status:            Permanent Full Time

Posting Date:  September 8, 2023                                             Closing Date:  until filled


Care and Treatment programs are intensive, structured, therapeutic, non-residential school-based programs for children exhibiting moderate to severe emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.  The Care and Treatment Program is designed to serve the needs of children with problems such as emotional disturbance, and anti-social behaviour and who are otherwise unable to function within a regular school classroom for reasons associated with emotional behavioural disorders.

Care and Treatment is not an extension of the education services, but a non-residential children’s mental health day treatment program aimed at helping children with moderate to severe social/emotional/behavioural difficulties to improve their self-esteem and social interactions through learning new skills so that they can return to community schools as soon as possible. In this program, it is hoped that a child and his/her family can receive the necessary treatment and support without the child having to leave the community.


  • B.S.W. or equivalent degree along with a CYW (3-year diploma) plus one year of direct related experience in children’s mental health is a requirement. Certification is Crisis Intervention is preferred
  • Must be registered with a regulated professional college, (RSW, RP)
  • Thorough understanding of child and family development, parent-child interaction, concurrent disorders and attachment theory.
  • Demonstrated ability in working with emotionally disregulated children/youth in a Care and Treatment setting. Sound knowledge of and ability to apply basic child and adolescent behavioural management approaches.
  • Ability to create and maintain a therapeutic milieu within the Care and Treatment program.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in the provision of strengths-based, goal-oriented and evidence-informed mental health services (CBT, Child and Adolescent Management approaches for example).
  • Demonstrated ability and maturity to act calmly in situations demanding quick assessment and immediate action.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, The Education Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice  Act.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional working relationships with agency staff, consultants, referral sources, service providers, education personnel, and parents
  • Proficiency with technology such as computers/tablets and software, especially Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively, to negotiate effectively with collateral agencies at the system level and to access community/professional resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently make sound decisions, carry them out and/or delegate.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of an interdisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of the application of clinical instruments as part of the evaluative practice is an asset (i.e. CAFAS).
  • A clear understanding of parameters of confidentiality and reporting responsibilities under pertinent legislation, such as The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, The Education Act, The Mental Health Act of Ontario, The Personal Health Information Protection Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Possession of a current First Aid Certificate and CPR is required
  • The ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) is an asset.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License, ability to travel, and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination.


  1. Maintain the confidentiality of our clients and client information at all times as per agency policies and procedures.
  2. Participate as a member of the Treatment Planning Team, facilitating through the peer consult process, the development, maintenance, and ongoing review of the day-to-day content of the program.
  3. Provide a therapeutic environment that allows for clients’ stabilization and management of their behaviour.
  4. Conduct an assessment of the child/youth’s treatment needs.
  5. Responsible for the development and application of the individual treatment plan for each child in the Care and Treatment program setting.
  6. Implement the policies and procedures developed by the Agency to ensure a safe and secure treatment environment in the day treatment program and in adventure-based learning activities where applicable.
  7. Maintain consistent liaison and involvement with the guardian/family and collateral agencies (where applicable) regarding the child/youth, and maintain clear lines of communication on the client’s behalf.
  8. Provide individual, family and group services.
  9. Provide support services, parent education to individuals or groups of parents.
  10. Follow Agency policies and procedures in regard to case recording, filing, and distribution of client records.
  11. Provide input into the development of proposals for service growth and delivery.
  12. Take the initiative to develop a personal professional development plan.
  13. Assume other responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time by the Clinical Supervisor and/or Manager.




Algoma Family Services (AFS) is dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live and serve.   AFS encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Applicants that may require accommodation during the selection process are encouraged to notify HR when contacted for an interview.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by OPSEU.

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