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Job Title: SAPACCY Mental Health Therapist
Date Posted: 03/26/24 Ref. Number: 371
Type: Full Time Part Time
Location: Rexdale
Requirements: Masters Degree in Social Work or Counselling/Therapy discipline from a recognized university or equivalent with work experience. Membership in good standing in the provincial regulating body of either the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario is required. Minimum Three counseling/therapy experience, preferably in community based health setting with youth and their families. Proven skills in psychosocial assessment, counseling/therapy, crisis intervention, case management and referrals. Demonstrated skills and experience in working with youth of African descent. Demonstrated commitment to and lived experience of anti-Black racism and Afrocentric values and principles. Knowledge of community resources for African Canadian and Caribbean youth and their families in substance abuse treatment is essential. A deep fundamental and comprehensive knowledge of the unique challenges faced by African Canadian and Caribbean youth and their families across the social determinants of health. Ability to work with Black youth to develop and enhance their identity, culture and sense of belongingness to their community. A commitment to interdisciplinary team approach to coordination of health and social services. Proficiency in current assessment, counseling/therapy and psychosocial counseling techniques for working with individuals, groups and communities. Demonstrated skills and experience in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment inclusive of individual and group counseling. Strong communication skills (verbal and written) combined with computer literacy are required. Ability to negotiate, communicate and maintain a supportive, trusting relationship with those being served. Experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation. Knowledge of community-based health services. Strong and demonstrated ability to form relationships with individuals while maintaining healthy boundaries. Caseload management skills, including developing action plans for clients, monitoring client progress and maintaining records. Working knowledge of the Ontario Mental Health Act. Knowledge of Personal Health Information Privacy Act, Consent of Information / Records of Information and Medical Records Management. Knowledge of the Rexdale community. Bilingual in French and English considered a strong asset. Must be able to provide a vulnerable sector security clearance.
Description: The Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) provides culturally responsive services and care to youth (between ages 14 and 29) from the Black community. SAPACCY’s model is rooted in holistic, healing centered, Afrocentric, and culturally responsive care. Offering a range of prevention, early intervention, harm reduction, and recovery-oriented services, to assist youth and their families/caregivers in reducing harm, moving toward recovery, and making healthy choices for themselves and their family.
This position will work largely with Black youth/clients and their families, as appropriate, who are dealing with mental illness and/or co-morbid addiction and, as necessary, provide consultation and referrals to other providers serving this population. The successful incumbent will deliver care within the SAPACCY model that recognizes the lived experience of Black youth who have faced anti-black racism and oppression as it relates to the many aspects of their lives.
Hours per week: Monday-Friday / Weekend Availability (if needed) 35
Rate of Pay: $62,790 to $75,648/year
Contact: Julia Cavaliere
Telephone: 905-453-7896 Fax: 905-453-7894