Mental Health Counsellor (PT) – Sharbot Lake FHT (Sharbot Lake)

Mental Health Counsellor
Sharbot Lake FHT (Sharbot Lake)

Position:                  Mental Health Counsellor
Status:                     Part-time; 16 hours per week (2 days)
Hours of Work:      Days
Reports to:              Executive Director
Sector:                    Primary Care-Family Health Team
Deadline:                 Position to be filled immediately; Open until filled

General Overview

The Sharbot Lake Family Health Team (SLFHT) is a busy rural practice located in the town of Sharbot Lake in the township of Central Frontenac.  The SLFHT is a community based not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing quality, patient-centered health care for individuals and families in Sharbot Lake and surrounding communities.

The Sharbot Lake Family Health Team includes two Family Physicians, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Nurses, Dietitians, Occupational Therapist and a range of other health care professionals, Executive Director, Program Manager and administrative support staff who are committed to working together to provide comprehensive, accessible, coordinated primary health care services.
Position Summary

The scope of practice of the profession of social work encompasses the assessment, treatment and evaluation of individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies, to assist individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities to achieve optimum psychosocial and social functioning.

  • The Mental Health Counsellor will work with patient populations of the Sharbot Lake Family Team and their families to provide psycho-social consultation by assessment, treatment and evaluation, which will include: assessment of clinical and psychosocial needs, urgency and acuity.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will provide education and counseling in individual and group settings for patients including follow-up counseling and support for patients and their families.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will provide navigation of internal and community resources and services.  The provision of social support to individuals and/or groups includes: relationship-building; life skills instruction; and employment support; tangible support including food and financial assistance; and information and referral services; consultation and liaison with community care provider’s hospitals and others will be part of the responsibilities to provide continuous care for patients.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will work with an inter-disciplinary team of health care providers providing education, advocacy and collaboration regarding client treatment plans.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will provide supervision and/or consultation and educational services to social work, social service work students and any other health care provider such as nursing, medical, support and administrative staff.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor at SLFHT may be asked to develop, promote, manage, administer or deliver and evaluate human service programs, including that done in collaboration with other professionals.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will provide services in organizing and/or mobilizing community members and/or other professionals in the promotion of social change; this includes development, promotion, implementation and evaluation of social policies aimed at improving social conditions and equality within the community.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor may conduct research regarding the practice of social work.
  • The Mental Health Counsellor will practice according to the College’s Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Proof of registration in good standing with a Regulated Health Professional College in Ontario.
  • Must be able to practice the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy.
  • Minimum education: Masters Degree in Social Work or Masters of Education or Arts Degree in Counselling or Counselling Psychology is preferred; equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered.
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience working in a Family Health Team or primary care setting providing assessment, treatment, consultation, and education to a similar adult population; must have good understanding of the unique characteristics of primary care delivery, including collaborative care and risk assessment and management in this setting.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of the theories and practices of professional social work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community-based health care, and knowledge of community-based resources.
  • Sensitivity to, interest in, and knowledge of socio-economic and cross-cultural issues.
  • Understanding of needs and challenges of rural populations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of ethical issues related to clinical social work and social issues.
  • Possesses highly developed skills in the area of assessment and therapeutic intervention with individuals, groups and families.
  • Proven ability to work independently, take direction from various sources and prioritize workload.
  • Basic computer skills required.
  • Willingness to learn electronic medical record keeping/scheduling.

Deadline to apply is August 17, 2018.  Please forward a current resume and cover letter to Maggie Black, Executive Director, at

We thank all who apply however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.