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Current Employment Opportunities

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our capacities in serving the community, and Youth Diversion strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

Kairos Child and Youth Substance Use & Addictions Counsellor For Hastings Prince Edward counties

The Kairos Substance use Counsellor is responsible for managing a case load, perform intake and assessment of needs, developing individualized support plans & providing outreach services to children and youth with a focus around substance use & substance use education.  Presently our Kairos Counsellors work primary in schools to offer outreach and quick response services to children and youth.   They offer one-on-one support, school and community education & training around substances and addictions.  Our team of counsellors work in schools, alternative education settings, in the community and homes to support and meet the needs of their clients.   The Kairos counsellor will be responsible for receiving referrals, performing intakes, completing needs assessments & screeners, developing action plans/goals with clients, and oversee & manage their caseload of clients.   Additional responsibilities are on reporting and statistical requirements using a combination of case management approaches which include the use of a data information system to input client information and data.

Responsibilities include effective communication and liaison with stakeholders, fostering teamwork and collaboration, demonstrating culturally competent service and confidentiality as the norms.  Additionally, suitable candidates should expect to engage in ongoing client advocacy and support, as required.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Diploma or Degree in the social sciences with a concentration in the field of Substance Use and Addictions.
  • Possess current CACCF certification as an Addictions Counsellor. Consideration shall be given to eligible candidates who currently meet the minimum requirements or are able to demonstrate they are actively working towards certification by the CACCF.
  • Bilingual in French and English preferred. *Bilingual candidates please indicate on your resume your level of French Language proficiency both oral and written
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the field of Substance Use and Addictions supporting children, youth and young adults. A focus on addiction issues within the elementary & high school aged population is considered an asset. Internationally trained professionals and/or applicants with equivalent international experience are welcomed to apply.
  • Exceptional presentation skills and experience delivering workshops and presentations.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered
  • Eligible candidates will need to have a Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record as they will be required to travel to remote rural communities and seamlessly deliver services across the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington area. To meet this demand of the position it is required that candidates have reliable transportation and proof of insurance
  • Satisfactory criminal record and vulnerable sector check
  • Updated first aid and CPR training

 SKILLS:  

  • Sound knowledge and practice in the use of counselling techniques such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative therapy, Stages of change Model and Harm Reduction Theory
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Bio-Psycho-Social model, Stages of Change, basic pharmacology of psychoactive substances and the Harm Reduction approach
  • Ability to provide one-on-one and group sessions for children/youth
  • Strong public speaking skills and possess an ease and ability to present to groups such as children/youth, families, educators, community members and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of programs and treatment options for youth
  • Strong knowledge of community support resources and services for children, youth, and families
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish rapport with clients
  • Possess excellent documentation skills relating to Client Records and Case Managing following appropriate reporting procedures
  • Ability to utilize web-based Client Information System Database for client record keeping and case management. Ability to collect and submit appropriate data for statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches
  • Skills and cultural competency in working with a diverse range of cultures particularly with BIPOC groups
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, Child & Family Services Act, Occupational Health & Safety Act, and Personal Health Information Protection Act

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assess the needs of the client using standardized screening and assessment tools related to the field of substance use and addictions
  • Provide counselling services to help clients resolve social and personal problems relating to substances use. Additionally, provide support to child and youth who are experiencing concerns around family members or friends usage
  • Refer clients to agencies and services that provide support in the areas of mental health, education, housing, recreation, child services and other services
  • Develop an action/intervention plan that is evidence based and reflects the needs of the client and best practice
  • Deliver the program or service according to the standards of the organization
  • Ensure client documentation is complete including files, case notes and reports
  • Provide written reports as required
  • Liaise with agencies in the areas of education, child welfare, mental health, and justice
  • Maintain accurate statistics and report as required
  • Engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to client needs and refer clients to other agencies as necessary
  • Maintain client confidentiality as required by law and according to our policies
  • Provide individual and group counselling through an outreach approach
  • Provide individual assessments using standardized screening and assessment tools
  • Develop and deliver psycho-educational workshops
  • Knowledge and training in suicide assessment and intervention
  • Refer clients for residential treatment and completion of assessments as appropriate
  • High level of accountability and sensitivity for confidential information
  • Computer skills in using applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the use of Client Information Systems Database
  • Ability to work independently along with strong willingness to work within a collaborative team environment
  • Engage in professional development to ensure skills and knowledge remain current
  • Engage in public education to promote the services of the organization
  • Be guided and have in depth knowledge of the twelve core functions of an Addiction Counsellor
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

  • These positions are dedicated to Hastings & Prince Edward counties
  • Up to date immunization status according to national standards, including Hep B and a two-step TB protocol completed once. Applicants will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID 19.
  • Current First Aid / CPR-C certificate
  • French language proficiency may be tested to determine candidate’s ability to fulfill this qualification. Bilingual candidates please indicate on your resume your level of French Language proficiency both oral and written
  • Valid Class “G” driver’s licence and references are required. The use of a reliable vehicle with required insurance is essential in meeting the demands of the job
  • A current Vulnerable Sector Police Records Check will be required
  • The position requires the successful applicant to work flexible hours and travel throughout the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington counties. With ability to travel up to northern communities within the catchment area in order to provide outreach services

Application Process:

Applications will be received no later than Monday, May 16 at 4pm. Please submit cover letter and resume by email with the subject line “Kairos Substance Use & Addictions Counsellor” to: The Hiring Committee, Email: info@youthdiversion.org

 

Youth Justice Case Worker 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Youth Justice Case Worker works in direct collaboration with the Youth Justice Coordinator within our Justice programming team. Our Youth Justice Programs can be used to support youth who are aged 12 to 17 at the time of their offence who have been charged with a low-risk offence within the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington County areas. Following a referral by the Crown or Police officer, a Youth can participate in our justice programs.  The staff, upon meeting with the youth, determine whether the youth is suitable for diversion through the use of evidence informed screening and assessment tools. Our Extrajudicial Measures and Extrajudicial Sanctions programs funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services seek to hold youth accountable for their actions.  We also receive referrals to our volunteer facilitated Youth Justice Committee program which seeks to follow a restoration of harm approach and involves persons harmed and victims in discussions about the offence. Our youth justice programs aim to provide rehabilitative and reintegration programs and services to youth in conflict with the law.

EDUCATION & QUALIFICATION

 

  • Diploma or Degree in the behavioural sciences and two years of related experience working with youth developing and implementing behavioural strategies.
  • Bilingual in French and English preferred. *Bilingual candidates please indicate on your resume your level of French Language proficiency both oral and written
  • Minimum 2 years of experience supporting youth in conflict with the law is considered an asset. Internationally trained professionals and/or applicants with equivalent international experience are welcomed to apply.
  • Sound knowledge of the Restorative Approach. A certificate in Restorative Justice or Mediation is considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to the life experiences and diverse needs, identities, and cultural backgrounds of at-risk youth in underserved communities
  • Knowledge of the community including knowledge of local programs and services for youth and local youth populations
  • Sound knowledge of behavioural theories and strategies
  • Knowledge and skill in planning and delivering group programs and workshops.
  • Eligible candidates will need to have a Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record as they will be required to travel to remote rural communities and seamlessly deliver services across the Kingston, Frontenac, and Lennox & Addington area. To meet this demand of the position it is required that candidates have reliable transportation and proof of insurance
  • Satisfactory criminal record and vulnerable sector check
  • Updated first aid and CPR training
  • Knowledge and training in suicide assessment and interventions

SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

  • Strong public speaking skills and possess an ease and ability to present to groups such as children/youth, families, educators, community members and stakeholders
  • Knowledge of programs and treatment options for youth
  • Skills and cultural competency in working with a diverse range of cultures particularly with First Nations, Métis and Inuit
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to establish rapport with clients
  • Possess excellent documentation skills relating to Client Records and Case Managing following appropriate reporting procedures
  • Ability to utilize web-based Client Information System Database for client record keeping and case management.  Ability to collect and submit appropriate data for statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work co-operatively and negotiate effectively with a range of community groups and service providers across sectors
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, CYFSA, YCJA and Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Experience in accessing services for clients to agencies and services that provide support in the areas of mental health, education, housing, recreation, child services and other services
  • Experience engaging in client-centred work with vulnerable children/youth, specifically those with mental health concerns, addictions, and developmental disabilities in related role supporting children, youth and families
  • Liaise with police, probation, and courts
  • Community development experience considered an asset
  • Computer skills in using applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the use of Client Information Systems Database
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and some weekends as needed

 CASE MANAGEMENT DUTIES:

  • Assess the needs of the client using standard assessment tools
  • Develop an action/intervention plan that is evidence informed and reflects the needs of the client and best practice
  • Deliver the program or service according to the standards of the organization
  • Ensure client documentation is complete including files, case notes and reports
  • Provide written reports as required
  • Maintain accurate statistics and report as required
  • Engage in a multi-disciplinary approach to client needs and refer clients to other agencies as necessary
  • Transition clients to other agencies as necessary
  • Maintain client confidentiality as required by law and according to our policies
  • Complete progress reports on clients
  • Support and oversee volunteers engaged in the Youth Justice Committee
  • Conduct intakes with parent/guardian and client
  • Connect and support victims throughout the process and include them in the Restorative Process
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, procedures, and guidelines from aligned disciplines that are related to working with vulnerable children/youth, specifically those with mental health concerns, addictions, and developmental disabilities.
  • Liaise with agencies in the areas of education, child welfare, mental health, justice and refer clients as required.

Application Process:

Applications will be received no later than May 11 at 4pm.  The Successful Applicant will need to be available to start May 20, 2022. Please submit cover letter and resume by email with the subject line “Kairos Substance Use & Addictions Counsellor” to: The Hiring Committee, Email: info@youthdiversion.org

 

VOLUNTEERING

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Administrative Assistance: Youth Diversion is in need of Volunteers with computer experience such as excel and access along with being able to create self populating forms. If you have time and are interested, please contact Jackie Franklin at jfranklin@youthdiversion.org.

Mentoring Program
Youth Diversion is in need of community Mentors for youth awaiting a positive role model in Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Counties. For more information please contact Jackie Franklin at jfranklin@youthdiversion.org.

Rebound Program
Youth Diversion is looking for volunteers to support its upcoming evening Rebound Program for Kingston. Our next scheduled Rebound session will begin on Oct 21, 2020 form 6pm to 8pm. If you can committee to one night a week for 5 weeks and want to help a youth overcome challenges, connect with our Volunteer Manager, Jackie Franklin to learn more about this opportunity.