Mental Health Counsellor - Georgian Bay FHT (Collingwood )

Organization Name
Georgian Bay FHT (Collingwood)
Mental Health Counsellor

186 Erie Street
Suite 100
Collingwood ON L9Y 4T3

Closing date

Job Description

Mental Health Counsellor

Location: Collingwood ON
Start Date: Summer/Autumn
Salary: Annual plus benefits

We are seeking an experienced Social Worker or Registered Psychotherapist to join our mental health team. We look forward to working with a counsellor who has experience working with children, youth, parents, couples, families, and groups. Skills in coaching, brief intensive interventions, and interpersonal and dialectical approaches are essential. As well as in person contact, a capacity or willingness to build capacity for engagement through virtual platforms is also necessary. Active critical engagement with the counselling team that both enhances the quality of our community response and ensures a safe and supportive environment for clients and the team’s work is of utmost importance.

Our region offers the very best of summer and winter activity for those with a passion for the outdoors. Our progressive, multi-disciplinary team is a key player within the South Georgian Bay region and has a proud history of collaboration with our community partners. We work in a professional and collegial environment, use an up-to-date electronic medical records system (EMR), and offer many opportunities for ongoing training and professional development. The Georgian Bay Family Health Team (GBFHT) provides a host of primary care services including Lung Health, Diabetes, Occupational Therapy, Nutrition Counselling, Cardiovascular Rehabilitation and Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). There is cross over in the support that is provided between these teams and developments are ongoing.

Our team of 10 adult, emerging adult, youth, and child counsellors provides exceptional service to the patients of 52 area physicians who comprise our Family Health Organization.

The successful applicant is described further:

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting initiatives that address the needs of patients with mental well-being distress and mental health disorders as a priority health population.
  • Work from an early intervention, prevention, stabilization, and health promotion perspective.
  • Initiate and participate in projects that identify and collect measures of impact and outcome.
  • Use research, peer professional critique, and the primary care mandate to guide and inform practice and team engagement.
  • Adhere to the professional college guidelines and directives that ensure ethical practice as well as an ethics, and rights, informed approach to the team’s primary care mandate and primary care response.
  • Manage complex and competing priorities and ask for and invite team and leadership support to balance these demands.
  • Openly discuss and participate in team case reviews and practice reviews.
  • Practice is informed by the primary care mandate and primary care directives and guidance offered by executive and mental health leadership teams.
  • Value and actively participate in the development of a professional, safe, and supportive environment that is guided by the principles of respect and to do no harm to the wellbeing of all team members, community partners, clients/patients, and their families/communities.
  • Engage in peer and team performance review processes.

Education and Skills

  • Master’s degree in counselling, psychotherapy, or social work (or equivalent).
  • Current registration and member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Work, College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, or a Regulated Professional College.
  • Minimum of 5 years coaching, counselling and/or psychotherapy experience.
  • Certification and/or training in, but not limited to, brief intensive approaches, interpersonal therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, cognitive and emotion focused counselling/coaching.
  • Competencies appropriate to the primary care mandate and it’s respective level of intervention in the following areas: crisis prevention; safety planning; self-injury; mental health vulnerabilities; child, youth, emerging adult, couple and family wellbeing difficulties; group work; and community mental wellbeing awareness and education.
  • Strong team collaboration to create supportive and safe environments underpinned by; self and professional awareness and accountability; awareness of power; cultural humility; race, gender, equity and (dis)ability analyses; knowledge of the social and structural determinants of health; and the neurodevelopmental, mental wellbeing and substance use recovery framework.
  • Ability to respond to change and develop and participate in program responses that are guided by decisions made by GBFHT executive leadership and mental health leadership teams.
  • Able to work an evening or to make changes in working hours in collaboration with leadership to accommodate accessibility needs, health justice, “just in time” wellbeing response, and recovery from the current health emergency.

We look forward to reading your cover letter highlighting why you would be a good fit with our team.