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Mental Health Counsellor - Part-Time

Mental Health Counsellor - Part-Time

Company: Yonge Street Mission
306 Gerrard St. E
Toronto, Ontario , M5A 2G7

Position Description

To people who believe that every person is of value and has promise, YSM is the vibrant, local Christian development agency that is leading a collective movement -- going beyond meeting immediate needs by offering holistic programs and a pathway that can transform the lives of people living with poverty in Toronto from merely surviving to thriving. Our goal is to end chronic poverty in Toronto in one generation.

We are seeking a part-time contract Mental Health registered psychotherapist who will work with YSM served populations providing mental health counseling support. The counsellor will provide therapy to individuals, couples and or families, supporting them to identify and overcome barriers that impacts their mental health and their growth. The work will focus on enabling them to further develop their ability to seek and maintain personal goals related to emotional- social and spiritual  healthy, work, career and or other areas of their lives. We work holistically and collaboratively with individuals and families and all stakeholders to ensure they reach positive outcomes towards mental health stability and to their full potential.


Reporting directly to the Manager, Mental Health & Counselling Services; the successful candidate will be responsible for the following:

  • Conduct bio-psycho-social intake and  formulate treatment plan with a trauma informed knowledge, client centred and strength base approach
  • Provide clinical counselling and work in collaboration with internal and external resources to support client growth towards their identified goals and employment focus
  • Ensure high quality clinical interventions by reviewing and researching update evidence- based best practices
  • Devise and deliver remotely and in-person as needed, goal-focused treatment and intervention plans in partnership with children, youth and their families, working towards improving functioning at home, school, and in the community based upon comprehensive, strength-based assessment
  • Creatively develop and facilitate psychoeducational workshops and group work to address mental health barriers remotely and in-person as required
  • Maintain client records according to professional standards of their affiliated regulated body and maintain accurate YSM monthly statistical information
  • Respond and de-escalate community members mental health crises during working hours as needed
  • Maintain an ongoing network among other YSM staff to ensure integration of support and care management to enhance client success and positive outcomes


The successful candidate will have the following skills and training:

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Clinical Psychology or Counselling
  • Registration and good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and/or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and possess professional liability insurance  .
  • Minimum 3 years (preferably post-graduate) working with youth, adult and families living with low income and or experiencing poverty
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience conducting bio-psycho-social assessments, providing evidence informed interventions with youth, adult and families experiencing mental health conditions as challenge to obtain and or maintain job
  • Demonstrated ability to work with multi-need clients utilizing a therapeutic goal-focused approach
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience to practice remotely counselling and group
  • Strong clinical knowledge and skills on various clinical approaches (i.e. BSFT, CBT, EFT)
  • Demonstrated ability to work from and implement a strengths-based and trauma informed philosophy of services
  • Knowledge of and experience in the delivery of clinical interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing , Brief Solution Focused therapy, Emotionally focused Therapy and Trauma informed therapy
  • Experience in facilitating DBT skills group and other groups
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with a diverse client and staff group
  • Strong care management, administrative and organizational skills
  • Ability to work in collaboration with other staff for a common goal 
  • Knowledge of relevant community resources and strong networking skills
  • Good personal management skills , effectively manage time and multiple responsibilities


  • A police check will be required / First Aid & CPI training is an asset
  • Demonstrated commitment to YSM’s principles of faith, mission and values
  • Able to provide flexibility in schedule where required
  • Ability to work some evenings may be required

Deadline for Application: July 10, 2020

Starting Date: immediately

Please apply at

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Learn more about The Yonge Street Mission by visiting our website:

Posted: June 24, 2020 | Expires: July 10, 2020
Posted Under: Counselling
Career ID: [ 7993 ]