Job Number: 901548

Category: Allied Health Professionals

Positions Available: 1

Years Experience Required: 1year

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Posted Date: Nov 18, 2022


Counsellor Therapist 2
Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian & Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)
Child, Youth and Family Services
Child, Youth and Emerging Adult Program (CYEAP)


CAMH is the largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital in Canada as well as one of the world's leading research centres in its field. Our services are delivered to help transform the lives of people affected by mental illness and addictions. Our goal is to tailor treatment to each individual, providing client-centered, comprehensive, coordinated care. As part of the Child, Youth, and Emerging Adult Program (CYEAP), the Child Youth and Family Services (CYFS) provides care and treatment to children and youth between the ages of 6 and 24. Clients and their families served by CYFS are offered specialized services and customized care across a day treatment/day hospital and outpatient continuum of care.

Position Description:

The Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY) provides culturally competent care to young clients (between 14 and 24) from the black communities across Toronto. The service is seeking a full-time, permanent Counsellor/Therapist 2 position that will report to the Senior Manager of Child, Youth and Family Services and work collaboratively with other clinical services within the CYEAP and across CAMH.   The incumbent will work largely with black youth clients (and clients’ families as appropriate), who are dealing with co-morbid addiction and mental illness and also provide consultation to other professionals working with this population. The incumbent will deliver care within a model that recognizes the lived experience of black youth who have faced oppression and racism as it relates to many aspects of their lives inclusive of the social determinants of health – housing, employment and education. Clinical interventions include assessment, case management, individual and group therapy. The incumbent will support program development and clinical evaluation and be an active participant in continuous quality improvement and research activities. Collaboration with external stakeholders seeking support and shared care for complex clients is a significant part of this role. You will support a healthy workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable and regulatory requirements. Some evening hours are required as is work in the community. Other duties as assigned. This position is located at 80 Workman Way. 



The successful candidate will possess a Master’s Degree in a related discipline combined with a preferred three years of post-graduate work experience. As a registered member in good standing with a regulated health care discipline, you must show proof of registration with the respective College. The candidate will possess demonstrated skills and experience in working with African Canadian and Caribbean youth, in addition to lived experience as a member of the African Canadian and Caribbean community. Demonstrated experience as a role model is essential. The successful candidate will possess demonstrated skills and experience in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and/or mental health treatment inclusive of individual and group counseling. Capacity to work with complex high risk clients and demonstrated excellence in applying best practices to clinical care is required. Excellent documentation, organizational and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in an integrated clinical research environment where standardized data collection is used to evaluate outcomes is essential. The ability to work in a dynamic and changing interprofessional environment that supports best practices, innovation, accountability and team collaboration to improve quality of care is required. Knowledge of community resources for African Canadian and Caribbean youth in substance abuse treatment is essential. Experience with black male youth is an asset. Strong communication skills (verbal and written) combined with computer literacy are required. The ability to work effectively as a team member within and across services in CYEAP and CAMH is necessary. Bilingualism (French/English) or proficiency in a second language would be an asset. Availability to work some evening hours is necessary.

All applicants offered and accepting employment must complete a Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check. The offer of employment will be conditional upon receipt of the satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check.

Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Please Note:  This full-time, permanent position is part of the OPSEU Bargaining Unit.

Salary Range: $36.04 - $48.57 per hour  

CAMH is a Tobacco-Free Organization.

CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a teaching hospital and research institute. As a CAMH employee, you will be expected to actively support CAMH’s teaching and research activities, in addition to supporting the clinical work of the hospital.

At CAMH, we strive to be an equitable and inclusive employer. Our commitment to equity is grounded in an institution-wide commitment to achieving a working, teaching, and learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment.

CAMH actively seeks candidates from First Nations, Métis and Inuit, racialized and LGBTQ2S+ communities, women, and people with disabilities (including people who have experienced mental health and substance use challenges).

We encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please inform us if you require accommodations during the interview process.