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Youth & Family Therapist, Priority Access for Students (PAS) Program

  • Posted:Sep 30, 2022
  • Apply by:Oct 24, 2022
  • Job Type
  • Full Time
  • Job Level
  • Other
  • Location
  • Toronto, ON
  • Impact Area
  • Other
  • Impact Category
  • Other
  • Company Type
  • Other

About this position

Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre with a range of services and programs for youth and families across Toronto. These services are client-centered and flexible, geared for youth and families with a range of mental health needs who may have difficulty accessing traditional office-based services. 

Priority Access for Students Program (PAS) at CTYS

The PAS team provides psychotherapy, and case management services for youth aged 13-18 and their families.  Referrals for this program come directly from CTYS’ partnership with TDSB & TCDSB social work teams. PAS primarily utilizes an evidence-based attachment and family focused model of intervention – integrating lenses that are trauma informed, and prioritize equity, anti-racism, and inclusion.  A flexible work schedule and approach is required to ensure service accessibility – including some evening, and occasional community/client home service delivery.  Services are provided primarily in person with virtual service available dependent on client needs.  For more details, see www.CTYS.org

As employers we are committed to building intervention and management teams that reflect the diversity of our clients.  Priority will be given to qualified applicants who identify with and have experience supporting BIPOC communities.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • To provide clinical services and engage youth and families referred by TDSB and TCDSB to improve individual and family functioning
  • To provide psychotherapeutic and case management services, informed by trauma, attachment and family systems theories, as well as an anti-oppression, anti-racism and equity framework
  • To work collaboratively with youth, caregivers, school personnel and other service providers, by developing individualized and effective service delivery plans that are strengths-based and from a family engagement perspective
  • Providing flexible services that ensure accessibility for youth and families including two evenings a week (available until 8:00pm).  May include occasional service provision in community and client homes.
  • Participate in team, staff and supervision meetings, as well as clinical consultations regularly
  • Facilitate referrals and support transitions to community services and resources
  • To maintain all records and reports as required by CTYS policies and procedures


  • Registration in a regulated health college (e.g. R.P. /R.S.W.) which permits the delivery of psychotherapy is required
  • Identification with and experience supporting BIPOC communities
  • Master’s degree in a counselling related field and/ or a combination of equivalent education and experience
  • Minimum three (3) years experience working in Children’s Mental Health preferred
  • Knowledge of and commitment to practicing from a decolonizing, anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework
  • Expertise in working with 2SILGBTQ+ youth
  • Experience working with youth and families from diverse  cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Knowledgeable around the potential needs of and experience providing support to youth who identify as neurodivergent
  • Demonstrated skills in assessment, formulation, counselling, case planning and coordination
  • Experience counselling youth and their families through complex mental health challenges, crisis management and safety planning
  • Experience in providing trauma informed counselling to youth and families
  • Experience with attachment and developmental approaches in working with youth and families
  • Knowledge of appropriate therapeutic approaches informed by anti-oppression/anti-racism and equity
  • Knowledge of and commitment to evidence informed practice
  • Knowledge of substance use/harm reduction theory as applied to youth and families
  • Familiarity with resources supportive to CTYS clients (e.g. 2SILGBTQ+ and BIPOC youth) and experience referring clients to community resources
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport with youth and their families
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with school boards, the community and  service providers
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Comfort and proficiency in using technology to engage youth and families (e.g. phone, text, and video) and in completing clinical documentation (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe, and Outlook)
  • Proficiency in French language is an asset
  • Proof of full Covid-19 vaccinations (2 doses) required
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening Check required

Start Date:  November 2022         

Salary Range: $ 59,486.21 - $ 71,029.64

Please submit a letter of application with resume by Monday, October 24, 2022:

Email:  Resumes@ctys.org

Central Toronto Youth Services

65 Wellesley Street East, 3rd Floor

Toronto, ON  M4Y 1G7

Fax: (416) 924-2930

We thank all applicants; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. CTYS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection and hiring process. As employers we are committed to building organizations that reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We encourage people of colour, queer people, trans people, people with disabilities and people with lived experience of mental health challenges to apply.

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