Mental Health Counsellor – Central Brampton FHT (Brampton)

Central Brampton Family Health Team
Mental Health Counsellor, MSW
(Permanent Full Time)

The Central Brampton Family Health Team (CBFHT) and Brampton East Medical Group (BEMG) provides primary health care, including chronic disease management and health promotion and disease prevention, to a rostered population of patients in Brampton and surrounding communities

Position Summary:

The Mental Health Counsellor (MHC) as part of the interdisciplinary team assists in the primary care functions and participates in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programs and services of the Central Brampton FHT. The MHC provides counseling/therapy and other therapeutic functions for individuals, couples, families and groups sessions. Working in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team, the MHC may support expertise and knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention, and chronic disease management across a client’s lifespan.

Importantly this role functions autonomously and collaboratively with patients, physicians, and the interdisciplinary team to support the Vision, Mission, and Core Values of a Central Brampton Family Health Team and Brampton East Medical Group.

The MHC role is responsible to the CBFHT Executive Director and reports directly to the Director. All clinical decision making outside the scope of the MHC must be done in consultation with the CBFHT Physician Champion that leads our Mental Health Team.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform client Psychosocial Assessments, Treatment, Psycho-education and Evaluation
  • In collaboration with Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and other Interdisciplinary Health Professionals, implement and discuss appropriate individualized care plan with the client/family care giver based on best practices.
  • Experience working with children (<12 years of age) and/or couples
  • Training in functional analytic psychotherapy, behavioral activation for depression, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy/mindfulness-based stress reduction, exposure and response prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder, prolonged exposure therapy for trauma-related disorders, evidence-based approaches for the treatment of substance use disorders, emotion-focused couple/family therapy (CBT, MI, ACT, BA, FAP, EET, EFT, Gottmann approach)
  • Strong experience working in a brief-therapy (6-8 session) framework
  • Background in program design and statistical evaluation
  • Experience managing social work graduate student interns
  • Experience with smoking cessation, diabetes management, COPD management, memory care assessment
  • Experience with systems navigation/care coordination, particularly for persons with severe and persistent mental health concerns
  • Build strong relationship with CBFHT Mental Health Team members.
  • Assess, formulate and provide collaborative care plans with clients.
  • Support patients to manage their clinical plans including healthy choices, healthy lifestyles, appointments, medication as necessary, and self-management of care.
  • Participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of mental health and addictions programs and services.
  • Contribute to CBFHT Quality Improvement Plan (QIP) in collection of performance measurements of patient outcomes.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings in order to exchange ideas, receive mutual support and monitor program outcomes as well as present case studies.
  • Maintain relations with network, related professional organizations and other related service providers.
  • Flexibility to work 2 evenings per a week
  • Participate in team building, program development, and improvement activities.
  • Comply with established personnel policies, procedures, standards and guidelines for operation.

Note: The above is intended to describe the general nature of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with this role. The MHC, MSW may be assigned other related duties in consultation with the Executive Director.


  • Experience related to the delivery of efficient primary care, including the ability to share information and teach
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high-volume caseload (50-100 patients at a time) while simultaneously achieving clinically significant impact, including managing intake forms and assess patient readiness on referrals to Mental Health programs
  • Knowledge and proficiency in current, evidenced-based methods and practices of social work in primary care settings, with an emphasis on chronic disease management, health promotion and risk reduction
  • Knowledge of relevant health care legislation and community mental health resources
  • Understanding of social determinants of health and their impact on health and well-being
  • Strong leadership, organization, research, evaluation, time management and interpersonal skills
  • Strong ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Desire and ability to update knowledge and skills through various means including technology-based opportunities, courses, workshops and conferences
  • Experience in the use of an EMR (OSCAR) and Microsoft Office
  • Demonstrated ability to be open and non-judgmental
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills (written/verbal)

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Graduate degree in Masters of Social Work from a recognized university.
  • Minimum 3 years combined education and experience in primary care setting. Experience related to community based mental health preferred.
  • Membership with corresponding College, as applicable, and proof of professional liability insurance.
  • Good understanding of relevant provincial and local legislation and government policies, procedures and practices pertaining to services provided by social workers.
  • Knowledge of therapeutic models of individual, group and family counseling and the ability to apply same. Expertise in brief treatment approaches and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
  • Training in cognitive behavior therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and/or dialectical behavior therapy
  • Proficient in assessment and psychotherapy counseling techniques for working with individuals, particularly those presenting with mood, anxiety, substance-use, and/or trauma-related disorders
  • Proficient in delivering evidence-based psychoeducational group therapy for mental health concerns (particularly mood and/or anxiety disorders)
  • Must be knowledgeable of the relevant legislation that will pertain to a variety of populations
  • Able to be innovative and creative in order to develop strategies that successfully meet the needs of diverse patient, family, and provider population.
  • Knowledge of client-centered philosophy, basic principles and practices of community service delivery and short-term treatment options.
  • Ability to prioritize, manage time effectively and be flexible in a very active work environment.
  • Knowledge of community resources connected to the provision of mental health and addictions, and related services.
  • Demonstrated good interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to anticipate crises and apply crisis theory during crisis situations as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated skills in assessment, program planning, implementation and evaluation, health promotion and community development.
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evening work may be required).
  • Proven participatory work style; ability to work independently and with a team (e.g. ability to work effectively with all members of the health care team).

Interested, qualified candidates should send their current resume and cover letter to Tracy Redden, Executive Director,,

The Central Brampton Family Health Team (CBFHT) supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. CBFHT is committed to providing accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (‘AODA’). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please advise our Human Resources Manager.  Personal information contained in applications will be used for recruitment purposes and collected as per Freedom of Information (F.O.I.) and Protection of Privacy Act, 1987.

We thank all applicants for expressing interest in this position; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.