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Mental Health Therapist


Job Title:          Mental Health Therapist

Salary:               $57,155.42

Competition #: 2020-04

Start Date:         March 2020 (Full-Time Temporary 35hrs/wk./FTE 1.0)   

Duration-           March 2020 – March 2021

Location-            Greater Toronto Area 

Yorktown Family Services provides a comprehensive range of mental health services for children, youth, young adults and families who are experiencing serious emotional/social/behavioural difficulties along with several gender based violence initiatives. Yorktown is committed to ensuring that all programs produce effective and positive outcomes for clients through evaluation, research and the incorporation of evidence- based services and practices whenever possible. We are committed to inclusiveness and diversity at all levels of the organization.

Yorktown Family Services is looking for is looking for a Mental Health Therapist for Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). ETA is a mobile integrated care, behavioral health, social service support, and community capacity building model that provides direct service intervention and prevention for youth and young adults involved with or at risk of targeted violence acts across the Greater Toronto Area. The model involves numerous evidence based and informed practices to divert youth and young away from targeted violence and or violent ideologies.

Primary Function

Yorktown requires a highly skilled Mental Health Therapist to apply evidence based and evidence informed therapy services for youth, young adults, adults, and families who are impacted by or involved with ideologies that are disruptive to daily life or may lead to acts of violence.


  • Oversee the treatment plan and coordination of services related to mental health interventions
  • Be the clinical expert in the area of mental health as part of a wider inter-disciplinary team
  • Work with families or family members through family therapy to engage members that may align with ideologies that are disruptive to day to day living or lead to potential violence
  • Work with closely with the Engagement and Intervention Support Worker to coordinate treatment plans and implement congruent interventions
  • Monitor on a regular basis through the use of various tools and screeners social engagement and mental health functioning
  • Complete psycho-social assessment reports, mid-term reports and closing reports
  • Provide therapy in person, over the phone, in the community or online
  • Meet with program participants up to 2-3 times per week. Low caseload high engagement
  • Make referrals to more intensive services if required such as psychiatry, outpatient or inpatient support, residential care
  • Provide walk-in support
  • Chair case consultation meetings weekly and monitor progress of all clients
  • Be able to rapidly respond (24-48hrs.) to referral requests or coaching skills in the moment
  • Work collaboratively with various sectors and systems including; legal, justice, law enforcement and various local, provincial, federal agencies
  • Be able to incorporate culturally component methods in all practices
  • Support organizations across the GTA with capacity building in the area of therapy as related to violent extremism, radicalization, and targeted violence
  • Present regularly at conferences


  • Minimum MACP or MSW
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of experience working with youth, young adults, adults involved with the criminal justice system
  • Have a strong understanding of the social and mental health risk factors that lead youth young adults, and adults toward violent ideologies
  • A good understanding of geopolitics and the impact on current trends that influence people toward groups that promote acts of violence
  • A strong understanding of trauma, PTSD, and the impacts of prolonged violence exposure on people
  • A strong understanding of how racism, systems of oppression, social exclusion can lead to social isolation that may contribute to violent behaviour
  • To have a good understanding of the link between hate, polarization and how it can be a predictor to violent acts
  • To have a strong operational knowledge and experience with the excision of Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, SFBT, Family Systems Therapy and be able to integrate models to meet the needs of program participants as needed
  • To have an above average knowledge of forensic social work
  • To have a good understand of youth, emerging adult and adult mental health developmental stages
  • Be able to assess threat to the community, self and others
  • Have demonstrated the ability to work in an inter-disciplinary team in the past
  • Has a proven ability to engage with hard to reach people and communities and is able to sustain and be persistent through creative engagement strategies
  • Presentation skills are above average
  • Enthusiasm and skill working to support change with a multi-challenged, diverse client population.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Superb interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Be able to set boundaries with workload and have a strong self-care network.
  • Comfortable attending court and other legal proceedings
  • Has demonstrated the ability to manage sensitive information and develop communication strategies to message according to alignment with risk level or opportunity
  • Is confident communicating with the Director of Service/Executive Director and law enforcement agencies regarding potential issues of risk.
  • Has demonstrated the ability to have transparent communication with colleagues
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends are essential
  • Speaking a language beyond English is an asset, to be considered; Standard Arabic, Swahili, Pashto, or Dari.
  • Has completed Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level one
  • Vulnerable Sector Screening is required.
  • Access to a reliable vehicle is a definite asset as travel across the GTA will be required.

 Reports to the Manager of Clinical and System Services and Director of Mental Health Services

 Yorktown Family Services is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity. Please submit your resume and cover letter to or by fax to 416-394-2689 by February 28, 2020. Please quote “Competition #: 2020-04” and Job title in the subject line.

Yorktown Family Services is an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity.

Yorktown Family Services welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those considered for an interview will be contacted.

Comp 2020-04 Mental Health Therapist Feb 2020

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