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Mental Health Counsellor, Sherbourne Health Centre

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline April 3, 2017

Internal/External  Posting
Job Title: Mental Health Counsellor
Job ID #: MH 17-0301
Department: Mental Health
Reports To: Director, Infirmary and Mental Health
Affiliation/Union: UFCW, Local 175
Salary Range: CS4 - $57,509.87 – $71,354.84 per annum
Status: Permanent Full Time
Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Sherbourne is a leading provider of quality health care and transformative support to people who face social, economic and other systemic barriers.  Our mission is to advance the equity and quality of care and services and to improve health for underserved communities. This is done through primary health and chronic disease services; health promotion and education; outreach and social supports; and mental health services.

Sherbourne provides innovative health care and social services to the diverse urban population of southeast Toronto. While our doors are open to everyone, we focus on people who are homeless or under-housed; LGBTQ, and newcomers to Canada. We are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Central LHIN, Ministry of Child and Youth Services, City of Toronto and many generous companies, groups and individuals.

Sherbourne Health Centre is seeking a Full Time Mental Health Counsellor, with expertise working  with trans individuals to join our mental health team. The Mental Health counsellor will provide services and support to individuals, couples and families with a broad range of mental health, emotional health and substance use issues, including outreach, assessment time-limited individual, couple, and family counselling, bridging case management and group work services. They will make the links between mental health and substance use problems, and trauma, violence, family or relationship issues, loss, coming out, and transitioning. This is an exciting opportunity to work as a member of an inter-disciplinary care team to develop and provide a diverse and varied service in a community based setting.

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Masters degree in a health or social science discipline
  • Current registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or a relevant professional college that falls under the Regulated Health Professions Act
  • At least 3 years direct service experience working with people marginalized by issues such as homophobia, transphobia, stigma, discrimination, poverty, violence, and homelessness,
  • Experience as a therapist or counsellor working with people with mental health and/or substance use issues
  • Extensive knowledge of, and direct service experience working with, trans and gender queer clients
  • Excellent engagement and assessment skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in facilitating groups
  • Strong brief intervention skills such as solution focused and cognitive behavioral approaches
  • Commitment to working within an anti-oppressive framework and demonstrated understanding of the links between trauma and mental health, emotional health and substance use problems
  • Excellent knowledge of relevant community resources
  • Ability to work effectively in a fully computerized office environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a language in addition to English is a definite asset.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits, including participation in the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) and professional development.

As an employer, Sherbourne is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. This includes diversity in languages spoken, culture, race, sexual orientation and gender identity. Requests for accommodation due to disability can be made at any stage in the recruitment process.

Application: If you are interested in this position, please forward a cover letter and resume quoting Job ID #MH 17-0301 by 5:00 pm, April 3, 2017 via the method below:



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We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.