Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto Instructor for the course “Mental Health Practice in Ontario” Contract in Toronto, ON

Mennonite New Life Centre of Toronto

Branch Toronto ON CA

Instructor for the course “Mental Health Practice in Ontario”
Toronto, ON

The program is funded by the government of Ontario and it includes training on mental health practice in Ontario;…

The Mennonite New Life Centre is a vibrant, multi-cultural settlement agency for newcomers to Canada. The Centre provides settlement services, language instruction, mental health supports and capacity building workshops, public education and bridging to employment.

Our BTMH program supports the career development of internationally trained mental health professionals by providing bridge training and supervised work experience to facilitate labour market integration within the mental health field in Canada. The program is funded by the government of Ontario and it includes training on mental health practice in Ontario; current trends in mental health therapy; culture, communication and occupation-specific language training; a supervised placement; and placement supports.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing academic leadership in the identified content area, creating interactive and supportive learning environments, coordinating guest speakers and site visits, and updating program objectives and instructional materials as needed. Essential components of this position: understanding the unique educational needs of internationally educated professionals, participating in program activities related to curriculum revision and keeping current in the field.

This is a contract position beginning September 26, 2017 with two cohorts per year (Sep-Dec 2017 and Apr-Aug, 2018, pending renewed funding). The terms of this contract are as follows:

Teaching subjects: Mental Health Practice in Ontario is a course that aims to introduce internationally educated mental health professionals to professional values and legislation, service delivery systems, common practice areas and jobs in mental health in Ontario. Teaching will be a combination of instructional, experiential and reflective activities, including guest speakers and site visits (coordinated collaboratively with the Program Placement and Education Counsellor).

Teaching hours – One day a week, 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM in class (with a 30 min. lunch break). Additionally, the incumbent will deliver seven (7) 4-hour days per cohort on Fridays for guided site visits.

Duration of contract – 3 months (end of Sep to end of Dec 2017). Contract renewal for 2018 will depend on renewed program funding by MCI.

Hourly rate: $100/hour for a total of 80 hours per cohort. This fee will include all course activities, such as grading assignments and exams and addressing student inquiries and concerns. The incumbent will be paid separately for any major curriculum re-development and/or activities with program staff, should those be required as part of ongoing Program revisions.

Instruction site: 2737 Keele Street, Unit #9, North York.

The incumbent will be expected to dedicate 5-6 unpaid hours upon hire for preparation and knowledge transfer.


  • Prepare and deliver the instructional materials based on existing program curriculum (materials will be provided, though we welcome personal inputs and revisions).
  • Supplement course materials with activities that encourage participation and build upon participant knowledge and experiences in both a professional and socio-cultural context.
  • Identify and coordinate guest speakers and site visits in collaboration with Program Placement and Education Counsellor.
  • Adapt instruction when necessary to meet diverse learning styles and needs.
  • Upload learning materials on SharePoint.
  • Evaluate participants’ class work and mark assignments and written material using Program rubrics (competency based assessment).
  • Monitor, assess and provide feedback related to participant progress.
  • Advise and assist participants as needed with course materials and inquiries.
  • Evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials and methods of instruction as needed.
  • Collaborate with other instructors and program staff to address administrative, content and instructional issues.


The successful candidate will have:

  • Master’s degree in mental health related discipline
  • Experience with adult education and adult education philosophy, including respect for the work and life experience brought to the classroom by the adult learner
  • Knowledge of and connection with the Ontario mental health care system
  • Understanding of challenges and systemic barriers to labour market integration for newcomer professionals
  • Passion for people and social justice. Empathy, cultural sensitivity and anti-oppression approach
  • Demonstrated skills in curriculum design; instructional design and delivery; active, collaborative learning techniques; assessment and evaluation of learning; and appropriate use of technology for teaching and learning
  • Commitment to lifelong learning, academic scholarship, professional integrity, and a track record of professional and academic development
  • Ability to be a role model and function effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal skills and ability to relate to a wide variety of learners from diverse cultures

The Mennonite New Life Centre is committed to employment equity initiatives. We encourage internationally trained professionals and members of ethno-racial, aboriginal, immigrant, refugee, LGBT and disabled community groups to apply and self-identify. Internal and external candidates may apply.

Please note that only candidates to be interviewed will be contacted.

Please apply by sending your resume and cover letter in a single MS Word or PDF document to Human Resources by Wednesday September 6th, 2017. Please quote reference #IMHO2017 in the subject heading of your application.

For more information about the Mennonite New Life Centre visit www.mnlct.org

For more information about the BTMH program visit www.bridgingprograms.org

Job Type: Contract

Required education:

  • Master’s

Required experience:

  • adult education and adult education philosophy, including respect for the work and life experience brought to the classroom by the adult learner: 3 years

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Employment Type: Freelance
Location: Toronto, ON, CA
Posted on: 2017-08-25
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