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21-009 Social Work Fellow


About the Role

PROGRAM: Individual and Family Services

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health is a child and youth mental health centre integrated with The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). We are located in the northwest area in the City of Toronto, on Sheppard Ave. West and downtown on Jarvis St. We offer a range of in-person and virtual mental health services for children and youth (infancy to 18) and their families, from prevention and early intervention through assessment, counselling and therapy and intensive services. We are also connected to the continuum of mental health services for children and youth supported by SickKids: the Brain and Mental Health Program, the SickKids TeleLink Mental Health Program, the SickKids CCMH Learning Institute and our online resources through AboutKidsHealthFind out more about SickKids CCMH.

We are seeking applicants for a Social Work Fellowship program to provide support to the Individual and Family Services department at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health. The aim of the Fellowship is to provide advanced training in theory, practice, and to that end, we aim to integrate theoretical learning and clinical practice. The Fellow is supervised by the Clinical Supervisor who has extensive training in children’s mental health with assistance and support from the Manager of Individual and Family Services. This is a training position, funding is provided through a salary of $30,000 from the Treatment Centre.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work with children between the ages of 0 and 18
  • Provide family therapy with opportunity for specialization with families whose children are at a particular developmental age i.e., infancy, latency-aged, or adolescents or with certain populations, such as children with anxiety or families in conflict
  • Carry own caseload of approximately 10 cases with supervision
  • Receive live supervision from staff on several teams at the Centre (Live supervision involves seeing a family with a supervisor behind a one-way mirror with the use of an ear-piece and typically involves and inter-disciplinary team of trainees)
  • Live supervision in group work as well as co-leading groups
  • Be a part of an assessment team lead by staff psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker who will provide an opportunity to become familiar with different theoretical models used in psychiatry and psychology during assessment and treatment


  • Complies with the organization’s vision, policies and procedures
  • Performs other tasks as assigned by management


  • Post-secondary degree in a mental health discipline
  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and follow the professional standards required by the agency
  • Skills related to the treatment of clients presenting with complex needs
  • Good problem-solving skills to analyze complex client issues and recommend solutions

This position will require that the successful candidate

  • Successfully complete a submission of an academic paper at the end of the Fellowship. This can be based on an area of clinical interest developed during the Fellowship and there may be some opportunity for publication

Mandate Requirements

As a health care centre, our highest priority is the safety of patients, families and staff.  As a result, we are adopting all prevention measures to ensure the safety of our clients, families and our staff.  Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon proof of full vaccination with a Health Canada or World Health Organization (WHO) approved COVID-19 vaccination no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the effective start date. Should there be an exemption of vaccination based on a medical, or human rights reason, proof will need to be provided, in addition to participation in regular COVID-19 testing based on exposure risk as well as participation in vaccine education. All offers of employment are conditional on meeting these minimum requirements, failure to comply will lead to offer of employment being immediately rescinded

Applicants to the Fellowship should include in their cover letter, a description of the areas of focus for their Fellowship year. This may include a theoretical, clinical and/or substantive focus. For example, applicants in the past have used their Fellowship year to explore gaining greater competence in: narrative therapy, in working with families in which children were transitioning into adolescence or into latency, in integrating psychodynamic and postmodern therapies, working with children with internalizing or externalizing issues. Applicants should also include their Curriculum Vitae. Please note there is no formal application form.  Your cover letter and Curriculum Vitae will suffice. Interested applicants are asked to forward their cover letter with Curriculum Vitae by October 15, 2021 to:

Human Resources – SickKids CCMH
Fax: (416) 633-7141

Note: Please quote position title and competition number in the subject heading of email.

We are seeking applicants internally and externally

SickKids CCMH is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to diversity and value inclusion. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, members of racialized groups, and persons of all genders and sexual orientations.

The Centre views diversity, inclusion, and cultural competence as essential pieces of an integrated whole that sustain our organization and guides our interaction within our diverse communities. Reasonable accommodations are available during the recruitment process to job applicants with disabilities.

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21-009 Social Work Fellow

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