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Mental Health Counsellor

  • Posted:Mar 06, 2023
  • Apply by:May 05, 2023
  • Job Type
  • Contract / Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • North York, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

                                           YOUTH ASSISTING YOUTH IS GROWING!!!

                                                        Mental Health Counsellor

Youth Assisting Youth (YAY) is seeking an experienced Counsellor to provide counselling and therapeutic support to children/youth mentees, ages 6 to 15, and their families, as well youth mentors, ages 16 to 29. The Counsellor will address a range of mental health issues, including emotional, behavioural and/or psychiatric symptoms that are impacting them at home, school, socially and/or in the community. Intervention strategies and supports are determined following a thorough intake and assessment.  

  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccinations and booster is required.
  • This position is On-Site with occasional remote work.


  • Assist with the design and development of a counselling and self-care program and process for existing client children, youth and families, including program structure, intake forms, etc.
  • Provide virtual and in-person counselling sessions to children/youth mentees, ages 6 to 15, and their families, offering therapeutic support to address and resolve presenting issues
  • Provide virtual and in-person counselling sessions to youth mentors, ages 16 to 29, offering therapeutic support to address and resolve presenting issues
  • Facilitate virtual and in-person group counselling sessions to children, youth and families
  • Provide a variety of intake, assessment, support, consultation and treatment plans / services to children, youth and families using evidence-based and /or evidence-informed practices
  • Coordinate and facilitate youth and family mental health self-care workshops
  • Focus on the delivery of a therapeutic experience while always applying the appropriate lens to access mental health issues
  • Work cooperatively with Case Coordinators and the Program Team at large to develop appropriate treatment plans / services, including referrals to external programs and supports
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with colleagues focused on building individual, team and agency success
  • Update and maintain client files and records, including case notes on the CYSIS database
  • Meet scheduled deadlines and program demands, including clinical reports and monthly statistical reports
  • Be part of the Emergency On-Call Team on a rotating basis as needed


  • Master’s degree in Psychology, Social work or related discipline, with a minimum of 3 years of relevant clinical experience in family, individual and parent-child counselling, as well as experience leading groups
  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) as a Social Worker, or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience within a child and youth mental health setting
  • Strong experience and knowledge regarding child and youth mental health and issues and learning disabilities
  • Suicide risk assessment and intervention skills
  • Demonstrated sound judgement related to the development of collaborative approaches working with children, youth and families
  • Ability to meet the needs of a diverse client base, through knowledge and application of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, anti-racist and cultural competency practices
  • Experience facilitating groups and workshops
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong understanding and knowledge of issues faced by immigrants and new Canadians
  • Demonstrated knowledge of community and newcomer services organizations
  • Fluency in a second language is considered a strong asset
  • Willing to work some evenings and occasional weekends
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (MS Word, Excel), Google Workspace (Gmail, Google Calendar, G Drive), client database management, etc.
  • Must have a valid Ontario Class “G” driver’s license and access to an insured vehicle
  • Current First Aid and CPR certificate or be willing to obtain
  • Police Criminal Reference and Vulnerable Sector Screen Check is required

COMPENSATION: This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

If you are dedicated to having a positive impact in the lives of children and youth, and interested in joining a dynamic team at Youth Assisting Youth, please forward your resume with a cover letter to Suhaila Ali, Program Manager, Youth Assisting Youth sali@yay.org.  We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those selected for interview will be contacted.

About Youth Assisting Youth:

Youth Assisting Youth grows the leaders of tomorrow through peer mentorship of at-risk and newcomer youth. For over 46 years, it has paired volunteer young adult mentors aged 16-29, with youth ages 6-15 to engage in activities to develop mind, body, character, and leadership skills. Our non-profit connects volunteers to meaningful mentorship experiences that profoundly impact the most vulnerable youth and their families in communities across the City of Toronto and York Region.

COVID-19 considerations:

Vaccination is a key element in the protection against the hazards of COVID-19. YAY has adopted a Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Employees, seasonal/part-time staff, volunteers & youth are required to be fully vaccinated with a booster.

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