Counsellor, Intensive Treatment Services

Position:       Counsellor, Intensive Treatment Services          Reference #:ITS-0425-01

Hourly Rate: $31.11 – $37.99                                                    Reports to:    Clinical Supervisor / Manager, Mental Health & Addictions

Location:      Garden River Wellness Centre                             Status:          Permanent Full Time

Posting Date:April 25, 2024                                               Closing Date:  May 1, 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 Degree of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts or a degree in the Social Sciences accepted
  • Current registration and in good standing with regulated professional college (RSW, RP) 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.
  • 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 (minimum of Class G if over the age of 19 and Class G2 license if 19 and under), ability to travel within the district of Algoma and use of a personal vehicle.
  • Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends.
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) is an asset.
  • 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

12. To participate in annual service planning as appropriate, also in program evaluation in accordance with established policies and procedures.

13. To assist in the development of community mental health through active participation and leadership in establishing and supporting community networks, self-help groups, community planning, etc.

14. To interpret the AFS services system to clients, collateral agency representatives, and the community at large.

15. To take initiative for professional development on a personal and team level.

16. To assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor/Clinical Manager.

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.


Skip to content