Oct 20, 2022

Clinical Therapist – 3 Positions – Full-Time or Part-time

  • Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre
Full time Health Care Family and Social Services

Job Description

If you are an innovative Clinical Therapist and you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference 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 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 Registered Psychotherapist or in the process of registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), with a Master’s Degree in Counselling, Social Work or Clinical Psychology and training in child and youth development, play therapy, art therapy or other creative arts therapeutic techniques.


  • Provide brief clinical counselling/psychotherapy to individuals of all ages during walk-in hours;
  • Provide extended psychotherapy to youth or adults requiring further support;
  • Provide culturally appropriate direct service including client assessment, intervention and referrals;
  • Create and maintain cooperative working relationships with community agencies, schools, courts, child welfare workers, etc. in order to make referrals and mobilize community resources for client welfare;
  • Provide quality client care that is consistent with best practice, agency standards and evidence-based approaches (particularly brief, narrative, solution focused therapies for walk-in counselling and trauma informed approaches for longer term psychotherapy);
  • Coordinate professional development;
  • Facilitate and/or co-facilitate group healing processes for community members;
  • Entry and maintenance of client records in EMR system and databases, ensuring sharing and receiving referrals, monitoring referral status;
  • Completing reports as required.


  • Master’s degree in Counselling, Social Work, Clinical Psychology;
  • Current registration (or eligibility) with CRPO, membership with CCPA or OCRT, OASW & OCSWSSW or other professional associations as applicable;
  • Experience working with children, youth and their families in both individual and group settings (an asset);
  • Minimum of three years of experience working with adults in both individual and group settings;
  • Formal training and experience in art therapy, play therapy or other therapeutic techniques;
  • Experience with addressing complex needs, including trauma, grief, bullying, ADHD, self-injury, acting out behaviours, etc.;
  • Evidence of thorough knowledge of impacts of family violence, abuse, addiction, residential school and intergenerational trauma;
  • 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 or criminal justice involvement;
  • Ability to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.


  • First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify;
  • Successful applicants would be required to submit a clear criminal reference check for vulnerable sector.

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

This opportunity will remain open until filled. Tell us your story early!

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.