(Full-time, 1 year contract with a possibility of extension)

If you are an innovative Child Clinical Therapist and you are looking for an opportunity to make a different in the Indigenous community, consider joining the Mental Wellness Team at Wabano! Wabano is seeking positive, community-minded team members who are energized by challenge and motivated to serve our community.

The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is an award-winning Health Access Centre that provides holistic health services to First Nation, Inuit and Métis people living in Ottawa – one of the fastest growing and diverse urban Indigenous communities in Canada. Wabano is a fast-paced, client-oriented organization that models the Indigenous values of balance, respect and community interdependence. Wabano is proud to be accredited through the Canadian Centre for Accreditation, a third-party review based on accepted organizational practices that promote ongoing quality improvement and responsive, effective community services.

Applicants must be a Certified Child Clinical Therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling, Social Work or Clinical Psychology, with training in child and youth development, play therapy, art therapy or other therapeutic techniques for children. Additionally they must either be a registered member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) or in a position to attain the membership upon request.

Purpose of Position

Wabano is seeking a full-time Child Clinical Therapist to host therapy sessions at our centre for Indigenous children and families in our community.

Some of the responsibilities of this position are:

  • Provide professional one-on-one and group therapeutic services to Indigenous children and families in the Wabano community;
  • Provide art-therapy based programming to Indigenous children and families;
  • May be required to provide outreach counselling to Indigenous children and families in Ottawa schools;
  • Refer clients when appropriate to internal and external resources;
  • Ensure the spiritual and cultural teachings are maintained and continued; and Uphold the values and beliefs of Wabano;
  • Maintain appropriate and confidential records of all clients; Provide monthly reports on activities;
  • Participate in team meetings, case consultations, and Wabano events;
  • Partner with other Wabano programs to ensure holistic care provision and culture integration.


  • Master’s degree in Counselling, Social Work, Clinical Psychology, Developmental Psychology;
  • Current registration (or eligibility) with CRPO as well as CCPA or OCRT, OASW & OCSWSSW or other professional college applicable;
  • Minimum of five years of experience working with children and/or families in both individual and group settings;
  • Formal training and experience in art therapy, play therapy or other therapeutic techniques for children;
  • Experience with addressing complex needs, including trauma, grief, bullying, ADHD, self-injury, acting out behaviours, etc.;
  • Evidence of thorough experience in family violence, abuse, addiction, residential school and intergenerational counselling;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Indigenous people, including sound knowledge and understanding of issues impacting mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health in contemporary society.
  • Positive, non-judgemental and inclusive towards people experiencing problematic substance abuse and other issues.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population is required.

First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

To pursue this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to jobs@wabano.com

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Wabano is committed to providing employment accommodation in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If contacted for an employment opportunity or interviewing, please advise if you require accommodation.

Contact email: jobs@wabano.com

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