Family Service Toronto Spanish-speaking or English-speaking Counsellor Contract in Toronto, ON

Family Service Toronto

Branch Toronto ON CA

Spanish-speaking or English-speaking Counsellor
Toronto, ON

A valid Ontario driver’s licence and regular access to a vehicle or the ability to travel throughout Toronto via public transportation….

Seniors and Caregivers Support Service Department
Temporary Part-time (0.5 fte or 17.5 hours/week) Position
September 21, 2015 until March 15, 2016

July 28, 2015

Family Service Toronto (FST) helps people face a wide variety of life challenges. For more than 100 years we have been assisting families and individuals through counselling, community development, advocacy and public education programs. We also work with a range of partners to build a vibrant community social services sector. Family Service Toronto is a proud United Way member rganization. Our services are available to everyone who lives or works in Toronto.

The Seniors and Caregivers Support Service Department at Family Service Toronto provides counselling services and case management supports to older people and caregivers. Our work includes counselling, group work, advocacy, training and educational sessions on a variety of topics.

Reporting to the Team Leader, Senior and Caregiver Services, the Counsellor will provide counselling and group work supports in either English or Spanish and English to seniors and their caregivers who experience elder abuse; mental health issues, including issues such as depression and anxiety; isolation, bereavement and other related issues as well as providing education and training sessions to seniors and caregivers on a range of topics. This position will also play a lead role in assisting seniors experiencing abuse to move into and live at Pat’s Place – a safe haven for older people experiencing abuse. The Counsellor may be required to travel to the client’s home throughout Toronto when clients are unable to travel to an FST office.

We are committed to developing a service team that reflects the clients we serve in all its diversity. In applying, please clearly identify how you meet the specific qualifications outlined.


  • Provide assessment, safety planning, referrals and on-going counselling to seniors and their caregivers
  • Provide individual, couple and/or family counselling as well as group-based supports in English or Spanish and English
  • Case management and system navigation supports to seniors and caregivers
  • Community outreach, including networking, educational workshops and the provision of presentations
  • Work with seniors to access Pat’s Place, a safe haven for seniors who have been abused
  • Prepare written clinical assessments, case notes, reports and letters
  • Conduct provincially-mandated assessments (interRAI preliminary screener and CHA)
  • Participate in funder lead/required initiatives in the seniors sector
  • Work independently in the community with minimal supervision
  • Integrate outcome measurement tools (ORS/SRS) into clinical practice to evaluate progress of clients
  • Ensure the regular and timely recording of data as required by funder(s) and as part of FST policy
  • Collaborate with other staff across the agency as appropriate
  • Provide supervision to students and volunteers
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including occasional evenings and/or weekends


  • M.S.W. or equivalent combination of education and experience over a minimum five year period. Foreign credentials and relevant experience will be considered
  • Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or registered member or eligibility to register with a regulated health profession that includes the qualification to practice psychotherapy
  • Minimum of three years of demonstrated clinical skills and experience:

* working with seniors and their caregivers around issues related to aging, living with chronic disease, relationship issues

* working with older people experiencing abus

* working with diverse client populations, including LGBTQ, marginalized and/or underrepresented communities

  • Demonstrated experience and competence in at least two clinical modalities (e.g. narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, etc.)
  • Current knowledge of best practices in working with seniors and caregivers
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to offer counselling and group work services in English or Spanish and English
  • Demonstrated experience conducting workshops on issues related to seniors and caregivers with a variety of audiences such as caregivers, seniors, health care providers and the general public
  • Experience conducting groups with seniors and/or caregivers
  • Good working knowledge of community resources for seniors and caregivers in the City of Toronto
  • Experience using evaluation tools (preferably the ORS/SRS) in work with clients
  • Experience using provincially mandated, sector specific assessment tools (interRAI Preliminary Screener, CHA and supplements) and CIMS software
  • Ability to work independently in the community and as a member of a team
  • Possess strong administrative skills and attention to detail
  • Good computer literacy and experience with electronic data systems
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, cultural competency and equity and inclusion
  • Experience supervising students and volunteers
  • Criminal reference check with Vulnerable Sector Search completed within the past 12 months
  • A valid Ontario driver’s licence and regular access to a vehicle or the ability to travel throughout Toronto via public transportation
  • Must be available the second Thursday of each month to attend full day team meetings

We encourage individuals from culturally diverse communities to apply

SALARY RANGE: Salary Grade 8 Bargaining Unit
$53,406 – $65,779
(pro-rated to time worked)

PRIMARY LOCATION: #202 – 128 Sterling Road with frequent travel within Toronto

DEADLINE TO APPLY: No later than 5 p.m. August 18, 2015

Interested applicants are invited to submit a letter of application and resume, quoting File SCSS #31-15 to:

Human Resource Services,
Family Service Toronto,
#202 – 128 Sterling Road
Toronto, ON
M6R 2B7

OR e-mail: [email protected]

FST is committed to a policy of equity and inclusion.

In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and FST’s Access and Equity policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants need to make their needs known in advance.

We thank all applicants and will contact the individuals selected for an interview. No phone calls please.


or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2015-07-31
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