Counsellor, ITS (Elliot Lake)

Position:       Counsellor, Intensive Treatment Services          Reference #:CCS-0111-02

Hourly Rate: $30.11 – $36.99                                                    Reports to:    Clinical Supervisor / Manager

Location:      Elliot Lake                                                              Status:          Permanent Full Time

Posting Date: January 11, 2024                                               Closing Date:  January 18, 2024 at 4:30 pm


Intensive Treatment Clinicians use an Intensive Systemic Treatment Model to treat children and youth with complex mental health difficulties.  Utilizing systemic strengths the therapists work to preserve natural family environments and, whenever required, work to reduce the need for out-of-home placement.


  • Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Psychology or a degree in the Social Services accepted
  • Current registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers or College of Psychotherapists of Ontario in good standing is required registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers or College of Psychotherapists of Ontario in good standing is required


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


  • Knowledge of family-based interventions, systems theory, child development and behaviour management.
  • Knowledge of empirically based treatment models.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a treatment team.
  • Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as The Child, Youth and Family Services Act, The Education Act, The Mental Health Act and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Proficiency with computers, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) an asset.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License (minimum of Class G2 if under the age of 19, and Class G license if 19 and over), ability to travel, and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Available to work flexible hours and across various settings (school, office, walk in clinic, single therapy session).
  • Full COVID-19 Vaccination

1. To maintain and secure confidential client information in the execution of professional responsibilities in a manner that is consistent with required legislation, and AFS policies and procedures.

2. To possess a working knowledge of required legislation governing practice, specifically the Psychotherapy Act; also to fulfill the professional “Duty to Report” any suspected child abuse as required under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act.

3. To work as an AFS interdisciplinary team member to provide:
• Counselling services to children, youth and families
• Short-term assessment and stabilization services including post-crisis intake, assessment, intervention, and referral services to: children, youth and their families who have been referred by the Sault Area Hospital Crisis Service and require crisis follow-up;
• Intake, assessment, intervention, and referral services to children and youth admitted to the Sault Area Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Program (CAP) and their families;
• Brief Narrative Therapy through Walk in Counselling Service (scheduled hours after 4:30 p.m. on a voluntary basis) and Single Therapy Sessions
• Therapeutic and psychotherapeutic groups

4. To develop and maintain a clinical treatment plan with the child/youth and family, in collaboration with service providers and the medical community, as appropriate.

5. To provide a brief clinical intervention service to those clients deemed to be most appropriately serviced through a brief therapy model.

6. To work in cooperation with all clinical staff assigned to ensure client information is shared, and the clinical treatment plan is coordinated and supported in a timely and efficient manner.

7. Provide individual, family and group services where applicable.

8. To provide referrals and appropriate transitional support to other services and programs within AFS or in the community as required on a case by case basis.

9. To demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of community resources, especially in the area of child, youth, and family services, including health and medical services, and a willingness to liaise with local service providers and other key resources.

10. To accurately and promptly maintain client file documentation according to agency policy and procedure and to prepare and distribute documentation for case review or complex case discussion by an internal and/or interagency team if certain prescribed conditions exist and as appropriate.

11. To be prepared to conduct clinical work outside the formal office environment, that is, within the hospital setting, client homes, schools, medical clinics, etc.


This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the OPSEU.


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.




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