Youth Mental Health Worker
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto - Toronto, ON

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Position Summary
Under the direction of the Supervisor of Clinical Services, the Youth Mental Health Worker provides a variety of functions to support the physical, social, mental and cultural well being of the members. The individual must work as part of a team and communicate information and important health information effectively to other staff. This person will also be required to monitor the therapeutic progress and cultural education of the members, to support goal planning, and to assess potential crisis situations, advocate and network with other agencies, and performing other duties as assigned.

The successful applicant will have an excellent understanding of harm reduction, the Mental Health Recovery model, Aboriginal healing and history as acquired through a relevant degree/diploma in human services and lived experience in the Aboriginal community, coupled with at least three (3) years of experience working with the client population in order to apply the theories to practical settings. Knowledge of the issues faced by Aboriginal youth aged 16-24 which can include culture loss, addictions, cognitive impairments, and mental health issues. An understanding is also required of the therapeutic relationship with an ability to negotiate with clients on goals and priorities. Excellent interpersonal, communication and counselling skills are required to work in a team environment and to engage the clients in some highly personal areas, such as developing healthy living skills, life skills and in maintaining interpersonal relationships. Knowledge of local community agencies and other professional services available for the client group is essential. Good intake assessment, crisis intervention, advocacy and problem solving skills. Computer literacy sufficient to produce and maintain files, records or statistical information. Have experience in being part of a team of professionals and in conducting meetings or facilitating groups. Good analytical, time management, and organisational skills to contribute to program planning and to co-ordinate and follow-up on issues or activities with clients. This position requires flexibility in order to work some evenings and weekends as required.

We encourage all candidates, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis candidates, to apply.

NOTE: Please quote Competition #¬¬ 13-06-02 in the subject line of your email

Qualified Candidates must forward a detailed resume/covering letter by June 28, 2013