Our Vision and Mission


 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

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