Counsellor, Community Support Team

Position:          Youth Counsellor, Community Support Team                             Hourly Salary: $30.11- $36.99

Reports to:     Clinical Supervisor / Manager

Location:         Sault Ste. Marie                                  Status:             Permanent, Full-Time

Posting Date: November 9, 2023                                    Closing Date: November 16, 2023

Reference #:   CCS-1109-03


Using a strength-based, solution-focused, and family-centered approach within the context of anti-oppressive practice, the Counsellor in partnership with the family and other service providers will assess and treat children and youth who are experiencing social and emotional challenges, as well as, any behavioural difficulties impacting the mental and physical health of the family.
The incumbent(s) will focus on the coordination and regular scheduling of evidence-informed groups, for children and youth. These groups will be offered to various age groups based on service demand. The employee will be available outside of regular business hours to facilitate groups.


  • • Bachelor’s Degree of Social Work or a degree in the Social Sciences
    • Current registration and in good standing with regulated professional college (RSW, RP) is required


– Two (2) years’ clinical experience working in children’s mental health or related field preferred
– Equivalent combinations of training and experience may be considered


• Skill in a variety of cognitive-based, post-crisis intervention, solution-focused and brief therapy techniques with children, youth and families.
• Ability to coordinate and facilitate groups for various age groups based on service demand
• Skill in evidence-informed clinical interventions for children, youth and families.
• Ability to work effectively with children, youth and families in a therapeutic goal-oriented way.
• Thorough knowledge of child, youth and family development (psychological, emotional, physical, social).
• High level of maturity and interpersonal skills, as well as demonstrated leadership qualities with competence in making and implementing decisions.
• Ability to work cooperatively and negotiate effectively within an interdisciplinary team, across the agency, with collateral agencies/professionals including the medical community at both a front-line and systems level.
• Thorough knowledge of mental health resources.
• Ability to write clear, concise reports.
• 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 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.


  • Maintain the confidentiality of our clients and client information at all times as per agency policies and procedures.
  • Together with the youth, family and primary community case manager, develop, coordinate and operationalize evidence-informed integrated clinical treatment plans with youth referred to the YJCST. Clinical treatment plans will address individual, family, and systemic mental health, addictions, and socioeconomic needs for at-risk youth and youth in conflict with the law.
  • Ensure the treatment plan is supported in a timely and efficient manner by monitoring clinical progress using appropriate tools and measures to assess successful implementation and completion of interventions, while identifying emerging client needs and adjusting treatment plans to fit. Discharge and follow-up procedures will be included in the treatment plan and will follow established policies and procedures.
  •  Perform clinical assessments for mental health issues using measures and instruments as guided by legislation and evidence-informed practice as appropriate for youth in conflict with the law, and under clinical supervision as determined by the Clinical Manager.
  • Prepare initial assessment presentation and quarterly report documents for presentation at team and individual supervision meetings.
  • Develop and provide structured skills training activities that align with each individual clinical treatment plan for youth receiving CST programming.
  • Provide evidence-informed individual, family and group clinical interventions in a variety of appropriate and safe settings in Sault Ste. Marie and across Algoma District. This position is expected to travel across the district to provide YJCST services for referred youth.
  • Work closely with YJCST and AFS clinical staff to ensure that client information is shared appropriately within PHIPA and YJCA legislated standards.
  • Participate in Single Therapy Sessions and Walk in Counselling Services as time and caseload permits.
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of community resources across the district and facilitate access to pathways to existing services for youth and their families to receive psychoeducational and support services.
  • Attend community case conferences for individual clients and liaise with the broader community team of service providers to facilitate strong inter-agency linkages.
  • Ensure that client information is ethically and appropriately shared in such a way that the case plan is coordinated and supported in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Complete all clinical, administrative and statistical documentation/data entry requirements accurately and in a timely manner as per AFS policies and procedures.
  • Participate in regular individual and team clinical supervision meetings, peer consultation processes, quality assurance processes, team meetings, and all-staff meetings.
  • Implement the policies and procedures developed by AFS to ensure a safe and secure treatment environment.
  • Work cooperatively within the interdisciplinary Community Services Team and within the broader interdisciplinary agency.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of services provided to clients according to program and agency policies and procedures.
  • Participate in agency professional development activities.
  • Take initiative to develop a personal professional development plan.
  • Assume other responsibilities as assigned from time to time by the Supervisor 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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