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Children’s Mental Health Counsellor (Diverse Communities)
Psycho-Social Group Facilitator
Posted Dec. 1, 2016


OASIS, a Program of Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services in Hamilton, is looking for an independent contractor or contractors in the following capacities: Children’s Mental Health Counsellor who will provide mental health and trauma assessment and counselling services to immigrant and refugee children, youth and their families. Psycho-Social Group Facilitator who will deliver the OASIS Get Ready! program in Hamilton schools. Both positions require that you be willing to travel off site, within Hamilton and each requires a commitment of one day or two half days per week between Monday and Friday as scheduled by Thrive. You may apply to one position or to both positions.

1. Duties and Responsibilities for Children's Mental Health Counsellor
  • Conduct complex trauma assessments, related to immigrant and refugee experiences of war, resettlement, and various forms of trauma
  • Ensure best practice in the delivery of counselling services
  • Utilize assessment, treatment/counselling, education and support strategies and techniques that are culturally sensitive, appropriate and respectful of the cultural context
  • Utilize interpreter to support immigrant and refugee children's treatment and healing
  • Collaborate and work cooperatively with collateral agencies in the delivery and provision of services
  • Act as a resource to the program, e.g., providing consultation, training
  • Work cooperatively with a highly skilled team to ensure excellence in service
  • Participate in program evaluation, planning and development


2. Duties and Responsibilities for Group Facilitator:
  • Liaise with school personnel to set up Group within HWDSB/HWCDSB schools
  • Run 7 week groups twice weekly and collect research data
  • Engage participants in group learning and experience
  • Utilize interpreter to support immigrant and refugee children's learning and engagement
  • Teach core trauma, safety and acculturation concepts to children in grades 6-8
  • Utilize culturally safe strategies to support children's investment in the program
  • Work cooperatively with and generously support the learning of a teacher co-facilitaton


  • Post graduate degree in psychology, social work or related field (1)
  • Membership in a Regulated College or professional organization
  • Proof of professional liability insurance
  • Criminal Reference Check -Vulnerable Sector Screening satisfactory to THRIVE
  • Minimum 5 years experience in providing mental health counselling to children and families (1)
  • Experience working with culturally diverse populations and in particular immigrant and refugee families; cultural sensitivity to unique issues facing this population; knowledge of relevant community support services and resources including settlement and integration in the Hamilton area
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player
  • Ability to work with children's groups, experience in educational setting (2)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication, problem solving, advocacy and crisis management skills (1)
  • Commitment to working within an anti-racism/anti oppression framework
  • Demonstrated ability to provide culturally competent counselling (1)
  • Literacy in language other than English definitely an asset


Please submit resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax to 905-523-1877 Attn: Kim Bird by Dec. 15, 2016
Please call Kim Bird if you would like to explore interest in this position, 905-523-1020 x 215.

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