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Child and Youth Worker - SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) Program At Kinark Child and Family Services

Location: Whitby, Ontario

Job Description

Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading child and youth service organization in Ontario, which provides a wide range of evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth with complex needs and their families. Kinark’s three program streams include: Community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health, Autism, and Forensic Mental Health/Youth Justice.

The SNAP® Model is a program for children aged 6 to 11 who are engaging in aggressive, antisocial behaviour and/or have come into contact with the police as a result of their behaviour. Stop Now and Plan (SNAP®) is a manualized cognitive-behavioural program with a goal to prevent further development of antisocial behaviour and chances of future contact with the law. SNAP® helps children and parents deal effectively with anger by teaching them how to respond in a way that makes their problems smaller, not bigger.


Want to help children and youth with complex needs?

Come join our team!

Kinark: Helping children and youth with complex needs achieve better life outcomes.

We currently one opportunity for a:

Child and Youth Worker – SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) Program

Temporary, Full-Time (1 year contract)

Durham Program (Whitby, ON)


Job Summary:

Reporting to the Client Services Supervisor, the SNAP - Child and Youth Worker (CYW) must have a sound understanding of the theories that inform the development and treatment of problem behaviours and emotional difficulties in latency-aged children and their families. The SNAP - CYW must engage in often hard-to reach clients and work collaboratively with the family to develop a treatment plan tailored to their individual strengths and needs, managing risky behaviours when necessary. Additionally, the SNAP - CYW provides supportive counseling to the child and youth while also endorsing a scientist-practitioner model, delivering an evidence-based program which includes individual, family and group counseling. The successful candidate will be required to work flexible hours including at minimum 2 evenings per week. In addition, they may be required to work within the clients’ home, in community, and/or in the school environment.


Duties & Responsibilities (are not limited to):

  • In collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, assess child and family strengths and needs, including risk identification.

  • Develop treatment plans and goals with the child and family addressing risk management.

  • Carry out various treatment components including individual, family and group counseling with parents/caregivers and child.

  • Implement SNAP therapeutic model guided by CBT framework, and additional modalities as required.

  • Manage high-risk and aggressive behaviour in accordance with Agency standards.

  • Follow program guidelines including writing of reports and record keeping.

  • Provide case management and service coordination as required, and liaise with internal and community resources/partners while acting as an advocate when needed.

  • Participation in quality assurance, evaluation and research activities.


Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Child & Youth Worker Diploma, or equivalent, is required.

  • Must be registered and in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).

  • Minimum of three (3) years' experience working in the field of children’s mental health.

  • Excellent communication (both written and verbal) and engagement skills.

  • Advance knowledge of group dynamics is required.

  • Computer literacy and effective report writing abilities.

  • Working knowledge of evidence informed therapy models and techniques, and the ability to work with families in a culturally sensitive manner.

  • Familiarity with fundamentals of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Parent Management training, Role Play and Behaviour Management.

  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

  • Travel is required for this position; the successful candidate must have a valid Ontario driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle and be willing to obtain automobile insurance which includes driving for business purposes with a minimum liability of one million dollars.

  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check (including a Vulnerable Sector Screening) and Pre-Employment Medical.

  • Candidates Bilingual in English and French will be given special consideration.


Interested applicants should submit their résumé via:
https://kinark.talcura.com by January 28, 2019.


Kinark Child and Family Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are
committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation during any stage of the recruitment process, please notify Human Resources at hr@kinark.on.ca or (905) 474-9595.

While we thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Any information obtained during the course of recruitment will be used for employment recruitment purposes only, and not for any other purpose.