Family Support Worker (fsw), Marathon, North Of Superior Counselling Programs (nosp)

Published 2022-08-18
Expires 2022-09-18
ID #1131974606
Family Support Worker (fsw), Marathon, North Of Superior Counselling Programs (nosp)
Canada, Ontario, Marathon,
Published August 18, 2022

Job details:

Job type: Full time
Contract type: Permanent
Salary type: Monthly
Occupation: Family support worker (fsw)

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Now is your chance to experience all that Northern Ontario has to offer. It’s an absolute dream for those who love the outdoors…fishing, hiking, swimming, hunting, skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling…and then there is the amazing sunsets, magical waterfalls and wildlife…and so much more…

To live amongst such beautiful surroundings is an incredible opportunity. To do so, while also making a difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities, goes beyond incredible and truly is the ultimate opportunity.

Consider joining the North of Superior Counselling Programs (NOSP) team. NOSP provides mental health and addiction services, across the life span, for individuals living across the District of Thunder Bay. NOSP has seven (7) regional offices, spread across 62,000 square kilometres of beautiful North Western Ontario. Counsellors are compensated based on a combination of education, skills and experience. NOSP also offers an extremely competitive benefit package, including participation in the HOOPP pension plan, health and dental benefits (employer paid), paid sick-time and a generous vacation and paid time package to support your re-energizing and/or personal travel plans. Financial assistance with relocation is available.

Available Position

Marathon/Manitouwadge (1 one-year contract): FSW2022-11


Working within a Recovery Framework, the Family Support Worker (FSW), Children’ Services supports children and youth (birth to 17 years of age), living with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities, and their families/guardians and communities across the District of Thunder Bay. The FSW, Children’s Services works as an integral part of a clinical team, and collaboratively with Children’s Counsellors, and is responsible to provide mental health and developmental supports, including but not limited to: targeted prevention (e.g., education, facilitation of psycho-social educational groups, presentations, etc.), case management and service coordination including referrals to specialized services, crisis response and family support.

Core Competencies

Recovery focused and person- centered orientation
Effective planning, organizational and time management skills
Mindful and self-reflective
Critical thinking skills
Adaptable and flexible
Excellent communication skills
Sound decision-making skills
Accountable and dependable
Networking and relationship building skills
Creative and innovative
Ability to work both independently and within an interdisciplinary team

Job Duties and Responsibilities


Working with children and youth who are living with mental health challenges and/or developmental disabilities, in addition to families/guardians and community, duties include, but are not limited to:

·      Through the Access Network and via the liaising with the most appropriate physician(s), community agencies and/or care providers, facilitating the removal of barriers to care and connection to services and ensuring the wrapping around of these services to best meet the holistic needs of the client.
·      Individually and/or collaboratively with Children’s Counsellors, developing, collaboratively with the client and/or family/guardian, Personal Plans of Care based on the principles of person-centered planning, self-determination and choice and providing services reflective of this plan.
·      Providing education, information, referral and case management.
·      Developing and/or facilitating psycho-educational and/or support groups for children, youth and families/guardians.
·      Facilitating educational workshops and delivering presentations.
·      Ensuring that the protection and rights of children and families/guardians are addressed in accordance with applicable legislation, Standards of Practice and NOSP policies and procedures.
·      Maintaining a client caseload consistent with expectations of the role.
·      Documenting all client engagement, case management activities and client progress in the electronic client clinical record.
·      Maintaining confidentiality and working in a manner consistent with ethical guidelines of the Ontario College of Social Workers & Social Service Workers.
·      Participating in the clinical supervision and performance enhancement process.
·      Developing personal goals for continued learning and engaging in ongoing development and self-evaluation.
·      Assisting, precepting and providing support for colleagues, students and others to enhance and further develop clinical practice.


·      Participate as an active and contributing member of the NOSP team.
·      Participate in team and agency staff meetings, actively contributing to discussion, planning and problem solving.
·      Participate in agency change initiatives, actively contributing input to support for success.
·      Participate in research and program evaluation projects within the agency.
·      Participate in and contribute to agency-wide activities and initiatives (e.g., committees, working groups, agency planning days, etc.).
·      Familiarize self and work in alignment with agency policies and procedures, College Standards and governing legislation.
·      Maintain up-to-date documentation within the agency’s electronic case management system, applying College Standards as they relate to clinical documentation.

Occupational Health and Safety

·      Follow all policies and procedures to ensure personal safety and safety of others.
·      Following the principles of the Internal Responsibility System (IRS), report any observed health and safety risks to the immediate manager or designate.

Additional duties as required to support the effective operation of the Children Service’s Program and related delivery of services to individuals and families across the District of Thunder Bay.


·      Social Service Worker (SSW) Diploma and registration, in good standing, with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW). Child and Youth Worker (CYW) Diploma will be considered if registered with the OCSWSSW.
·      A preference of three (3) years’ experience in a mental health and/or developmental services agency providing interventions and/or support for children, youth and families.
·      The ability to effectively support families and develop sustainable, professional relationships.
·      Familiarity with Personal Plans of Care for children and youth.
·      Experience in the delivery of one-on-one counselling supports and group facilitation.
·      Experience in the development of psycho-educational groups, workshops and presentations.
·      Sound knowledge of the child protection system in Ontario and relevant legislation.
·      Knowledge and understanding of the impact of intergenerational trauma and colonization.
·      Knowledge of the range of community health and social services across the District of Thunder Bay, and Northern Ontario, and how to access the same.
·      Knowledge of and experience with clinically sound documentation standards.
·      Sound clinical acumen.
·      An understanding of the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the ability to effectively apply privacy practices within the rural living context.
·      Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is considered an asset.
·      Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
·      Clear understanding of scope of practice as it relates to the position and in keeping with the applicable Regulatory College and performance of duties within this scope.
·      Advanced skills in oral and written communication.
·      Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
·      A valid Ontario Driver's Licence is required. The use of a privately-owned vehicle and appropriate insurance coverage is required.
·      Ability to travel across the District of Thunder Bay and/or out-of-District communities, as required.
·      Ability to speak French is considered an asset.
·      This position may require working flexible hours contingent upon client need.


Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and current resume to the attention of Evan Speziale at [email protected], referencing the Posting No. found at the top of this posting. This position will remain posted until filled.

***This is an equal opportunity position***
In order to ensure equal opportunity during the recruitment and selection process, NOSP provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request.

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