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Position:     Child and Youth Worker

Location:    Belleville, ON

Status:         Temporary Part-Time, Monday through Sunday with varying shifts

Salary:         Starting at $27.91 / hr



Children’s Mental Health Services (CMHS) is a Lead Agency overseeing programs and services across Hastings, Northumberland, and Prince Edward Counties. At CMHS, we are committed to strengthening and supporting the emotional well-being of children, youth, and families in the least intrusive and most confidential manner. Our goal is to ensure that our clients and their families are equipped with the essential coping skills to face life’s challenges. Our team of professionals is dedicated and responsive to client needs through flexible and community-based approaches, while providing evidence-based treatment to children, youth, and families. We take pride in building treatment with our clients and their families, focusing on their unique situations achieving positive change together.

CMHS is seeking qualified Child and Youth Workers to join our Live-in Treatment team in temporary 6-month contract part-time positions, located in Belleville, ON. 

What we Offer

  • Competitive wages and shift premiums

  • Included meals

  • Premium payment of fourteen percent (14%) for all hours worked paid in lieu of benefits

  • Possibility of permanent job after six (6) months

  • Challenging work opportunities and variety in your day

Position Summary

As a Child and Youth Worker, you will be reporting to the Live-in Treatment (LIT) Services Supervisor and will be responsible for the activation of quality therapeutic live-in treatment service plans through counselling and support for children, youth, and families to ensure a smooth transition back to community, family, and school environments. 


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Providing skill-based assessment and counselling/behavioural intervention services with children, youth and families with the primary goal being the return to home and community of the child/youth;

  • Developing and providing intervention programming on an individual and group counselling level and recreational programming activities with children and youth and families congruent with individualized treatment plans.

  • Assisting in case planning, transitional and discharge planning, documentation and review of client progress.

  • Maintaining client files to all standards and complete monthly audits as required;

  • Developing individualized treatment plans in consultation with families, clients, case managers, and community agencies based on the identified strengths, needs and objectives of the child, youth, and family.

  • Assuming responsibility for the daily shift organization of the LIT program (once trained as the Shift Lead) to outline staff/client assignments, monitor and administer medication, participate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), individual appointments and community programming, manage medical or staff emergencies that may arise, report activities at shift change and communicate with Supervisor and on-call Manager.

  • Acting as a resource to the LIT Services Manager by preparing background information on topics related to children's mental health when requested, and by providing information on any service needs and/or initiatives related to the delivery of children's mental health services to ensure quality service.

  • Working co-operatively to support clients’ educational plans either through virtual schooling or in-person community-based school programming

Experience/Skills and other Requirements

  • Advanced Diploma or Degree in Child and Youth Care, or equivalent education, training, and experience in the field of Child and Youth Work, or the person is a First Nation, Inuit or Métis (FNIM) Elder, Knowledge Keeper, Healer, Medicine Person, Cultural Person and/or Traditional Person

  • A minimum of two years of experience in providing mental health services to children and youth, preferably in a live-in treatment/residential setting

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in the field of residential and community based services

  • Up-to-date immunization record including COVID-19 (minimum two doses), Tetanus, Booster, and Two Step T.B. Testing

  • Demonstrated ability to form meaningful relationships with children, youth and parents/guardians

  • Ability to handle emergency, crisis, and hostile behaviour situations in a professional manner

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement behaviour management strategies and counselling groups/programs

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to achieve program goals

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational and prioritizing skills

  • Ability to complete accurate and timely documentation and paperwork

  • Ability to proficiently use computers, programs, and software

  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to achieve service goals

  • Resourcefulness and flexibility to meet the needs of clients/families within the service

  • Valid Ontario driver’s license with full use of an automobile and proof of insurance

  • Flexibility to work all rotating shifts and be available for "order-in" work in the event of emergencies. The shifts are 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Apply for this opportunity by emailing your resume to Julie Muli, Human Resources Manager, at


Children’s Mental Health Services values inclusivity and diversity in the workplace. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to providing accessible employment practices that comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If contacted regarding this position, please advise Human Resources of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner.

While we thank all applicants, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.                                              


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