Children’s Mental Health & Addictions Worker - Poplar Hill, ON

Deadline: Open
Location: Community-BasedCommitment: Full Time

Under the direction of the Mental Health Supervisor, the Children’s Mental Health and Addictions Worker will provide clinical assessments, planning, treatment and counselling to children and their families, and consultation regarding community behavioral assessments and intervention. The primary responsibility is the provision of mental health and addictions counselling services with a wholistic approach for children and their families that is consistent with the vision, missing and core values established by the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority and the Anishnawbie Health Plan. The Children’s Mental Health and Addictions is responsible for the coordination of integrated services delivery from the point of referral to discharge for all assigned children, youth and their families receiving agency service. **This is a Community Based Position**


  • A minimum two-year Social Work Diploma or Diploma in a related field and/or three years’ experience working in a Social Service field in a First Nation community
  • Degree in Social Work/Psychology with relevant clinical/counselling experience is preferred
  • Two or more years’ experience in the provision of counselling services to First Nations children, youth or their families
  • With a combination of training and work experience with the First Nations people, communities, culture, traditions and teachings
  • Sound knowledge of the First Nations culture and the principle issues affecting the mental health of First Nations children, families and communities in the Sioux Lookout zone
  • Ability to understand or speak Ojibway or Oji-Cree would be considered an asset
  • Ability to conduct counsellor/client interviews, assessments, planning and treatment, referrals, group facilitation and group therapy
  • Be familiar with the Child Welfare act as it pertains to reporting and standards that impact our role (mental health)


  • Coordinating and providing counselling, consultation, clinical assessments, therapy and follow-up for all clients in accordance with the agency’s mandate, policies and procedures in a wholistic approach for the entire family and/or caregivers
  • Coordinating, providing counselling/case management to clients that are experiencing mental health issues; coordinating care with consulting psychiatry and local general practitioners
  • Administering Ministry required as well as agency required mental health and addiction assessments, providing pre-treatment services to clients requiring residential treatment, providing counselling and healing to clients
  • Providing written reports, assessments and appropriate documentation in client files in keeping with the standards and procedures of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
  • Making recommendations to the child and family regarding alternative services and other community services and assisting them in linking with these resources
  • To coordinate and facilitate access to traditional healing and other cultural programming where appropriate
  • Participating in client-related interagency meetings and case conferencing
  • Ensuring the necessary collaboration and case conferencing with Band and Councils, First Nation Communities, Elders, school and related agencies in the provision of services to clients in accordance with the Mental Health Act; ensuring necessary collaboration with community resources and advocacy occurs with or on behalf of clients
  • Promoting health lifestyles within the First Nations communities by information sharing, liaison activities, agency promotion and other services regarding mental health and addictions
  • Reporting immediately to the Mental Health Supervisor incidents or suspicions of physical and sexual abuse and ensure completion of all necessary documents
  • Responding appropriately and in a timely manner to crisis situations involving clients, including assessing and addressing high risk behavior (SELF-HARD, SUICIDE)
  • Completing and maintain certification in the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) and other relevant Ministry of Children and Youth Services initiatives