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Children’s Mental Health Professional, Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and York Children’s Aid Society

Richmond Hill, Ontario
Deadline August 10, 2015

This is an exciting full time position within a partnership between Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and York Children’s Aid Society designed to provide children’s mental health consultation and capacity building within the child protection context. The overall intent is to enhance the clinical capacity of child welfare staff through the provision of direct clinical consultation to them and the families involved with the CAS.

The CMHP will facilitate within multiple York CAS departments including Intake and Assessment Services, Family Services, Resources and Children’s Services with opportunities for joint problem solving, assessment, triaging, access to supports, education, information and referral to community services.
The CMHP will provide a broad helping approach in which clinical issues pertaining to individual clients are resolved, where the CMHP becomes an active agent in collaboratively achieving solutions to clinical problems and where the Child Welfare staff’s clinical competencies to address similar issues in the future are strengthened.

The CMHP will liaise with other existing clinical consultations eg.YRCCAAS and CCES as well as contributing to the ongoing formal professional development for Child Welfare staff.  The CMHP will be jointly supervised by Blue Hills Child and Family Centre and York CAS.

  • A Masters in Social Work/Psychology or equivalent degree with extensive experience in Children’s Mental Health and Child Welfare and knowledge of needs and services for children/youth and families, is required.
  • The successful candidate must also have a minimum of five to ten years of direct clinical work focussing on individuals (children/youth), parents and families.
  • Well-developed clinical skills demonstrating an understanding and experience of family dynamics and systems, possess theoretical and evidence based knowledge of human development, social environment and community systems and context.
  • Demonstrate both an understanding of cultural diversities and an ability to integrate a cross cultural practice.
  • Expertise in the organization, delivery and evaluation of clinical services, displaying a familiarity with a range of evidence based treatment modalities and approaches and experience with change management.
  • A willingness to work flexible hours which include evenings and some weekends as required
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills combined with the ability to work independently; an ability to maintain an adaptable, flexible approach.
  • Conflict resolution, critical thinking and demonstrated ability to work co-operatively within a multi-disciplinary team of service providers.
  • Supervisory or leadership experience
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Thorough understanding of York Region and its services.
  • Fluency in French is considered an asset.
  • Valid driver’s license and successful completion of a police check.

This position will be located at York CAS.

Please apply in writing by August 10th, 2015.

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Blue Hills is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive barrier-free recruitment and selection process and we respect, encourage, and celebrate the diversity of staff.  If contacted for an employment opportunity, please advise if you require accommodation.

We regret that only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted.