Counsellor – Family & Adult Services Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

Hourly Rate: $29.11 – $35.99                                                                   Reports to: Director of Services / Clinical Supervisor
Location: Sault Ste. Marie                                                                        Status: Permanent Full Time
Hours per week: 35 hours per week                                                         Reference #: CCS-0427-01
Posting Date: April 27, 2023                                                                    Closing Date: May 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

The Counsellor will provide access to evidence-informed, short-term, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and related approaches to adults (18+) who experience mild to moderate depression, anxiety and anxiety-related conditions. The Counsellor will be part of the Family and Adult team and the Northeast Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program. The Counsellor will participate in mandatory intensive CBT training and consultation.


  • Master Social Work Degree or MA Counselling Degree required
  • Current registration and in good standing with a regulated professional college (RSW, RP) is required.


  • Two years of clinical experience working in a related field preferred
  • Equivalent combinations of training and clinical experience may be considered


  • Demonstrated knowledge of the science and practice of structured psychotherapy including a full range of psychotherapeutic and assessment techniques to assess, plan, coordinate and implement specific clinical protocols.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a variety of treatment interventions compatible with the adult population, with knowledge of brief approaches and longer-term psychotherapy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practiced skills in providing culturally safe and responsive mental health services to clients of diverse ethno-racial and cultural backgrounds.
  • High level of maturity and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated leadership qualities with competence in making and implementing decisions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and other evidence-informed, structured psychotherapies and experience working with people with depression and/or anxiety (e.g. obsessive-compulsive concerns, post-traumatic stress).
  • Demonstrated ability to distinguish features of depression, anxiety, and anxiety-related conditions, and the etiology and treatment of these disorders.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem-solving skills and ability to write clear, concise reports.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and negotiate effectively within an interdisciplinary team, across the agency, with collateral agencies/professionals including the medical community at both front-line and systems level.
  • Thorough knowledge of community resources.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as, The Psychotherapy Act, The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, Personal Health Information Protection Act.
  • Proficiency with computers and software applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office,Excel, Access, and data MIS.
  • 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 and on-call work may be required.
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) is an asset.

1. Maintain the confidentiality of our clients and client information at all times as per agency policies and procedures.
2. Conduct clinical assessments (e.g. Diagnostic Assessment Research Tool, Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9), and General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7)) to identify symptoms experienced by clients and to create individualized treatment plans.
3. Provide individual and group protocol-based structured psychotherapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), in adherence with the OSP Clinical Model and Training guidelines to clients with mood, anxiety, concurrent disorders and trauma experiences.
4. Provide psychotherapy services virtually and in-person based on client and program needs.
5. Participate in the OSP training program and ongoing education as required.
6. Participate in regular clinical consultation and related activities in adherence to fidelity monitoring requirements and program guidelines.
7. Maintain accurate and timely documentation and reports in adherence to Regulatory College and program-specific requirements, including collecting relevant data to evaluate client and service outcomes.
8. Collaborate with team members across the OSP program’s network of organizations in the provision of care.
9. Contribute to ongoing program development and program evaluation and implement new practices as required.
10. Assist in providing service navigation for clients whose needs are beyond the offerings of the OSP program.
11. Work in partnership with clients, their formal and informal supports and the team to support clients’ successful integration into their communities.
12. Contribute to program development, research and educational activities of the service.
13. Participate in clinical supervision, peer consultation, quality assurance, program evaluation, and administrative processes to maintain the high standards of practice within the adult sector services.
14. Provide consultation and support where applicable to clinical staff in other services within AFS to enhance the overall delivery of services within the Agency for clients and their families.
15. Provide input into the development of proposals for service delivery and growth.
16. To participate in annual service planning as appropriate, also in program evaluation in accordance with established policies and procedures.
17. To take initiative for professional development on a personal and team level.
18. Assume other responsibilities as assigned from time to time by the Clinical Supervisor / Director of Services

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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