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Virtual Counsellor District

Job Type: Job
Closing Date: August 07, 2020

Position:                      Virtual Counsellor - District                

Hourly Rate:                $28.54 – $35.28                      Reports to:      Clinical Supervisor / Manager           

Location:                     Sault Ste. Marie                       Status:           Permanent Full Time             

Hours per week:           35 Hours / Week                     Reference #:   CCS-0620-01



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 Counsellor will provide services to clients primarily through phone or video, and will meet in person with the client and family a minimum of two times during the course of treatment. As such, travel to the district will be necessary.



  • Master of Social Work, or M.A. plus two (2) or more year’s professional experience in children's mental health or related field preferred, or B.S.W. or equivalent degree with (3) or more year’s professional experience in children’s mental health or related field will be considered.
  • Membership (or eligible for) in the Ontario College of Social Workers or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
  • Thorough knowledge of child and family development (psychological, emotional, physical, social), family systems theory, parent-child interaction and attachment theory.
  • Proficient telephone and video interviewing and assessment skills
  • Demonstrated competency in strength-based clinical intervention models to provide risk assessment, crisis response, and appropriate evidence-based therapy.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaborative with children, youth and families in a therapeutic goal-oriented way. As well as, negotiate effectively with collateral agencies at the systems level.
  • Demonstrated high level of maturity and interpersonal skills. As well as, demonstrated leadership qualities with competence in making and implementing decisions.
  • Established working knowledge of district community resources
  • Clear understanding of parameters of confidentiality and reporting responsibilities under the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, and Knowledge of pertinent legislation, such as, The Education Act, The Mental Health Act of Ontario, The Personal Health Information Protection Act, and the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
  • Ability to write clear, concise reports and documentation, with attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with computers, especially Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and data MIS.
  • Possession of a valid Ontario Driver’s License with the ability to travel and use personal insured vehicle for business purposes.
  • Availability to work flexible hours including evenings and occasional weekends across various settings (school, home, office, community).
  • Ability to provide services in both official languages (English/French) is a definite asset.





  1. Maintain the confidentiality of our clients and client information at all times as per agency policies and procedures
  2. Provide clinical intervention using a strength-based, solution-focused, and family-centered approach within the context of anti-oppressive practice
  3. Adherence to all Agency policies and procedures.
  4. 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.
  5. To assess needs and develop and monitor a clinical treatment plan with the child/youth and family, in collaboration with the school and service providers, as appropriate.
  6. To provide a brief clinical intervention service to those clients deemed to be most appropriately serviced through a brief therapy model.
  7. 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.
  8. Provide individual, family and group services where applicable.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. To accurately and promptly maintain client file documentation according to policy and procedures and to prepare and distribute documentation for case review or complex case discussion.
  • Complete case reporting, discharge and follow-up procedures in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Ensure the daily reports, clinical recording, statistical information, and other administrative requirements are accurately and promptly completed and communicated to the appropriate sources in order to ensure that client information is shared and that the treatment plan is coordinated and supported in a timely and efficient manner.
12.  To conduct clinical work outside the formal office environment, that is, within the hospital setting, client homes, schools, medical clinics, etc. as required.
13. To participate in annual service planning as appropriate, also in program evaluation in accordance with established policies and procedures.
14. 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.
15. To interpret the AFS services system to clients, collateral agency representatives, and the community at large. (system navigation).
16. To take initiative for professional development on a personal and team level.
17. Participate in the supervisory, peer consultation processes, quality assurance, program evaluation and accreditation processes.
18. Take initiative to develop a personal professional development plan.
19. Assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Clinical Supervisor / Manager.




REFERENCE # CCS-0620-01 TO .  

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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