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 We believe thriving children create thriving communities. To that end, we focus on a community-wide response to childhood trauma that combines excellence in treatment, state-of-the-art education, and community oriented prevention initiatives aimed at reducing the incidence and impact of child maltreatment and promoting the safe and healthy development of children.

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POSITION TITLE: Clinical Therapist, OASIS Program (Purchased Services – 1 Opportunity)


DEADLINE: March 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm

LOCATION: 460 Main St. E., Suite 201, Hamilton, ON L8N 1K4

HOURS OF WORK: 1 Day/2 Half Days, Monday – Friday, Days/Afternoons, with some flexibility to work evenings and weekends as required

Clinical Therapist, OASIS Program
Agency overview

Thrive is the only organization in Hamilton whose services and programs focus exclusively on helping children and youth who have been sexually victimized, children exhibiting concerning sexualized behaviours and children within the same family who are engaging with each other in concerning sexualized behaviours - and their non-offending parents/caregivers and families.

We also offer Hamilton's only mental health trauma treatment program for immigrant and refugee children and youth, and their families. We are recognized as the community experts in providing evidence based assessment, intervention and treatment services.

OASIS Program Clinical Therapist: Purpose of Position

OASIS, a program of Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services in Hamilton, is seeking a contractor in the capacity of Children’s Mental Health Counsellors, who while utilizing a culturally sensitive lens, will compassionately provide general mental health, trauma assessment and counselling services to immigrant and refugee children, youth and their families. The position requires a commitment of one day or two half days per week, as scheduled in consultation with families; and a willingness to travel off site (to locations other than the main office), within Hamilton.


Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services utilizes a multi-modal, culturally/racially sensitive approach in order to provide clinical service to children, youth, and their family members.  Clinical services/treatment may involve a combination of individual, family, and group therapy.  The Clinical Therapist assumes direct responsibility for the provision of case planning, which may include community partnering: 

  • Provides case planning by performing such tasks as:
  • Conduct complex trauma assessments related to immigrant and refugee experiences of war, migration, resettlement, and other contributing factors;
  • Provide treatment/counselling, education and support strategies and techniques which are culturally sensitive, appropriate, and respectful of ethnic backgrounds;
  • Provide individual and family therapy and case management (in accordance to clinical best practice) to children, youth, and their family members who are obtaining service at Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services;
  • Participate in formulation of treatment plans and regularly review treatment goals/plans;
  • Utilize interpreters to support immigrant and refugee children's treatment and healing in their first language;
  • Ensure best practice in the delivery of counselling services;
  • Liaise with community partners;
  • When required, advocate for the needs and rights of their clients/families;
  • Discharge planning;
  • To act as a resource to the OASIS program (e.g. providing consultation, training, etc.);
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Provides clinical/treatment services:
  • Provide evidence-based culturally/racially appropriate individual and family therapy;
  • Participate in regular peer and individual supervision;
  • Attend educational/training sessions (when required) in order to carry-out duties as an OASIS Program Clinical Therapist;
  • Participate in professional development activities to ensure a high level of knowledge (i.e. attendance at meetings, conferences, trainings etc.);
  • Support research projects and program evaluation.
  • Participate in OASIS Program team meetings;
  • Support the data collection and management to ensure the data meets the agency’s requirements;
  • Maintenance of clinical records and appropriate recording of case-related activities in accordance with professional regulations/standards, or agency polices;
Qualifications, Clinical Knowledge, and Skills:
  • Post graduate degree in psychology, social work or related field;
  • Membership in a regulated college or professional organization (e.g. Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers or College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario);
  • 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;
  • Sound knowledge of clinical best practices in the area of working with culturally diverse populations, and, in particular, immigrant and refugee families, with cultural sensitivity to unique issues facing this population;
  • Strong knowledge in applicable theories and evidence-based treatment modalities;
  • Knowledge of relevant community programs, support services, resources and organizations, including settlement and integration agencies, in the Hamilton area;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a clinical team;
  • Ability to work with children/youth in groups and experience in educational settings an asset;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, problem solving, advocacy and crisis management skills;
  • Commitment to working within an anti-racism/anti oppression framework;
  • Literacy in a language other than English definitely an asset.

Please apply in writing or e-mail to the attention of: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please, no telephone inquiries.

We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to a process whereby all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.

If you require a disability related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please inform the Executive Director at 905-523-1020 ext. 211

Job Posting

Position Title: Mental Health Worker – Racialized Youth Worker

Application Deadline: January 26th

Location: This is a mobile position (office space is available at 460 Main St. E)

Hours of work: 35 hours/week – schedule to be determined based on community needs. Evenings and weekend work will be required.

Mental Health Worker – Racialized Youth

Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services forms part of Hamilton’s Child and Youth Mental Health service delivery sector. We provide professional assessment and trauma treatment services, as well as prevention and educational programs.

Agency overview

Our treatment programs include comprehensive assessment and specialized treatment for children and youth in the Hamilton community who have been sexually abused, have been involved in intrafamilial sexual abuse (children and youth within the same family), or those who are exhibiting concerning sexualized behaviours. We also offer services to address the unique needs of refugee and immigrant children and youth experiencing trauma symptoms or significant acculturation stress as well as support to their families.

Position Summary

The primary responsibility of the Racialized Mental Health Worker will be to contribute to the achievement of the following core program functions: engagement and relationship-building; intake and screening; specialized assessment; care planning, clinical intervention and follow up; transition support, system navigation, advocacy and referral; consultation, education and support; program and system development; and service and program evaluation.

The goal of this program is to provide mental health and addiction services to Racialized and Indigenous young people and support them overcoming barriers of access to mainstream services in Hamilton, as well as building the capacity of mainstream providers to provide better services to diverse populations (taking an intersectional approach).

The Mental Health Worker is a mobile position that is part of a small specialized interdisciplinary team that meets racialized youth in non-traditional and community-based settings.


Qualifications, Clinical Knowledge, and Skills:

  • Degree/diploma in social work, psychology, psycho-therapy or related health or social science field
  • Registered or eligible for registration with an accredited regulatory college
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practiced skills in working with racialized children and youth with mental health difficulties
  • Knowledge and experience of anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices
  • Knowledge of and experience with youth-specific clinical interventions and approaches (eg. youth engagement and youth-centered care)
  • Strong knowledge in applicable theories and evidence-based treatment modalities;
  • Understanding of related/applicable legal and legislative procedures (CFSA, PHIPA, YCJA, );
  • Ability to function within a collaborative and multidisciplinary team;
  • Sound verbal and written communication and computer skills, competent with all MS office applications
  • Ability and willingness to work with clients in both virtual and in person counselling sessions and flexibility in scheduling counselling appointments based on client availability



  • Maintain confidentiality and release of information in accordance with regulatory body and Thrive’s policy at all
  • Obligation to review and always commit to the application of organizational policies and procedures
  • Maintains an active clinical caseload providing specialized assessments, consultations, clinical interventions, follow-up and a discharge plan. Through engagement and assessment, the worker strives to understand the needs and strengths of Racialized youth. Works in collaboration with the family to define a support plan that connects the youth to services they
  • Formulates client-centered treatment recommendations that are in alignment with the program goals. Reviews and evaluates the recommendations, treatment, care/service plan in consultation with the client, family and other service providers. Takes a holistic and youth-centered approach to care planning that identifies client strengths and addresses barriers to accessing care, including systemic racism
  • Develops services and treatment plans jointly with team members (Thrive and partner agency staff) and in collaboration with youth and family. Works closely with team members (Thrive and partner agency staff) to identify and develop strategies/linkages to address any additional support and education needs of the client, family and services
  • Directly monitors the client’s progress and response through the assessment/treatment phases of services and identifies any significant changes in the client’s status and needs appropriately through communicating with care partners. Identifies needs for additional consultation and/or referral to other services and support the client in accessing
  • Is aware of and assesses for aspects of risk and intervenes as appropriate. Provides secondary support to crisis intervention services, as
  • Documents all findings and interventions in a clear and concise manner in the client’s clinical record. Maintains records and statistics as requiried by the program, and
  • Participates in the planning, delivery, implementation and evaluation of local, regional and provincial strategies or initiatives ( g. clinical, academic, research). Collaborates with care and service partners to identify, plan and implement capacity building needs pertaining to the target population.
  • Assumes responsibility for maintaining a level of knowledge conducive to confident and competent functioning within racialized youth populations and
  • Identifies and addresses needs within racialized youth communities and effects change within the system through providing capacity-building trainings to community partners and active participation on community
  • Participates and actively contributes to program evaluation and research base activities as appropriate
  • Knowledgeable of the history and effects of systemic racism on racialized youth and their ability to access mental health and addictions supports. Demonstrates awareness of social justice movements and anti-racism movements and the effects of white supremacist groups on racialized
  • Provides mobile services in community-based and non-traditional
  • Identifies, develops and implements a plan to work toward achieving team and personal learning and development goals with an emphasis on anti-racist and anti-oppressive
  • Participates in clinical and administrative team meetings, special projects, continuous quality improvement activities, research and program development, as required by
  • Actively contributes to orientation and clinical mentoring of new staff, seconded staff, clinical placement students and other identified learners
  • Encourages and challenges other team members in the pursuit of continued learning and quality improvement, especially in the areas of anti-racism and anti-oppressive practice. Works collaboratively with other team members demonstrating creativity, flexibility, respect and
  • Participates and actively contribute to program evaluation through following the agency’s requirements for data collection and
  • Participates in clinical and administrative team meetings, special projects, quality improvement processes as required as part of Thrive and participates at community tables representing Thrive’s interests.

Please apply in writing or e-mail to the attention of: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to building an inclusive process that respects the dignity and independence of people from all backgrounds and those with disabilities.

If you require any accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please inform the Executive Director, Stephanie Taylor, at 905-523-1020 ext 211

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Walk Off the Turkey for Thrive 5km Walk/Run/Stair Climb

Date: Sunday October 18, 2020

Time: 2pm (Hamilton, ON EDT)*

Location:  VIRTUALLY, Anywhere, You Choose!

We're asking for participants to take part safely wherever they are - following safe physical distancing guidelines, and wearing a mask, if necessary, given where they choose to complete their 5km run/walk/stair climb.

Please consider inviting friends and family from all over the globe, to participate. Wherever they may be, we will all start at 2pm EDT. 

Prizes to be awarded:

  • participant who completes their 5km from a location farthest away from Hamilton. 
  • highest pledge earner. 

Pledge forms can be found here (link to fillable PDF) and can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. once completed. We ask that collected funds be sent via e-transfer to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it....or dropped off at the Thrive office before 1pm on event day. 

For this year's event we're asking participants to send photos/video of their journey (by sending pictures, you give permission for their image/video to be posted on Thrive's social media platforms). Of course, we also hope that participants will post about the event to their own personal social media platforms using the hashtags: #walkofftheturkey, #wottforthrive, and #virtualfundraiser  

We hope you will also purchase a “Hamilton is Thriving” t-shirt to wear on event day! Photos/video clips with t-shirt wearers will be another way to 'link us all together' during the event even though we will be apart. 

Visit our website if you haven't already picked one up and would like to! 

In partnership with Max Francis from the True Hamiltonian, we are thrilled to launch our new “Hamilton is Thriving” t-shirt.

ON SALE NOW - $20/shirt

During these unprecedented times we are keenly aware that children, young people and families in our community are experiencing a lot of challenges. However, we also know there is an abundance of resilience, strength, compassion and caring in this community, to help make the shift from Surviving to Thriving!

We hope you will support this great cause while supplies last!

To get your shirt, please send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to coordinate payment and pick up.

IMPORTANT ALERT – for Clients and Community Partners


UPDATED: Aug 20, 2020

As we are gradually begin to re-open our office at Thrive, some things have changed so we can ensure the safety of both our clients and staff.  Our administrative staff can answer emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or you can locate their email addresses and contact numbers in the “About Us” tab on our website.  Our staff also attend the office weekly to handle mail, banking and other office items.  When required, we are able to safely accommodate face to face meetings with planning.The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and will continue in our community for many months to come.  As we begin to transition our offices for face to face appointments, our plan has been aligned with our government and public health partners and emphasises the safety of all. 

Infection Protection and Control has been a key change in our reopening plan. We have introduced new signage on the floors and walls, wayfinding and the new ‘flow’ of the office space. Together with a new screening station in the front reception, these measures help everyone to maintain physical distancing, support hand hygiene and universal masking.

For more information, please contact our office.
Some important telephone numbers you may require during this time:

  • Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): (905) 972-8338
  • Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS): (905) 522-1121
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society (CCAS): (905) 525-2012
  • CAS and CCAS emergency after hours’ line: (905) 5228053
  • Kids Help Phone, a Canadian charitable organization that provides 24/7 free confidential professional online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French to youth up to age 20 across Canada

Additional Resources:

  • Visit Ontario's website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.
  • Visit the City of Hamilton webpage for more information about Closures & Cancellations Due to COVID-19  -https://www.hamilton.ca/alert/98886
  • For more information from Public Health Hamilton on the steps being taken to protect the Health and safety of our community, please visit - https://www.hamilton.ca/node/95791

Stay safe and healthy,

Stephanie Taylor (Executive Director)

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