Autism Counsellor

Job Location: Hamilton
Program: Hamilton Autism Services
Job Type: Part-Time / Relief (8 hours guaranteed in the LIFE Adult Day Supports Program – Tuesdays 8 am – 4 pm, plus additional relief shifts on call)
Number of Positions: 1
Start Date: October 4, 2022
Salary: $23.77 / hour
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Reports To: Program Manager

What We Do

Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services offers a broad spectrum of services for children, youth and their families facing mental health challenges.  We work in direct partnership with children, youth and their families as well as with schools and social service agencies to ensure families are receiving the support they need, when and where they need it.

“We are committed to providing individualized, client-centred services and supports based on our values of accountability, respecting others, working together, leading, innovation and learning and our commitment to staff”.

Woodview goes above and beyond to engage individuals and families by providing high quality mental health and autism services and supports that inspires hope and strengthens lives.

Working at Woodview

In 2018, 2019, and 2020, Woodview won the Canadian Non-profit Employer of Choice award with an overall assessment score of 85% (industry benchmark: 68%) demonstrating a high level of staff engagement, satisfaction and an overall positive workplace culture.  Top rated categories at Woodview included:  Personal Enjoyment, Reputation, Leadership, Employee Engagement and Management/Employee Relations.

“I am proud to be working here” – 97% of staff surveyed strongly/moderately agree

“My organization encourages fun and enjoyment” – 94% of staff surveyed strongly/moderately agree

“Woodview encourages a supportive team culture” – 96% of staff surveyed strongly/moderately agree

Employees Receive
  • A meaningful job that inspires hope and strengthens lives
  • A positive culture and supportive environment that offers flexibility
  • A commitment to wellness in the workplace as well as ongoing professional development and training opportunities
Position Summary

The Part time Autism Counsellor is responsible for assisting in facilitating learning and development of a variety of skills through specialized educational programs for adult, child and youth clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a variety of milieus.  Incumbent fosters cooperative social behaviour to assist the clients in forming satisfying relationships with others and may play a role in, individual or group formats to enhance the social skills, life skills, communication skills, self regulatory behaviour, school performance and independent functioning of clients.  These skills, using ABA principles, may be taught through 1:1 instruction, through structured and/or informal group learning opportunities, academics, recreation and/or leisure activities.  These skills may be taught in a variety of settings, including groups and in the community.

Job Responsibilities (may include but are not limited to):
Client Service and Support
  • Serves in a professional and caring manner that respects the needs, wishes and abilities of the clients, and respects the philosophies and values of the Centre, the community and the profession.
  • Actively engages clients, teaching a variety of age appropriate skills/activities to ensure ongoing learning to increase independence.
  • Provides training and client support related to a variety of activities including:
    • Implementing Behaviour Support Plans (BSP), recording and maintaining relevant notes (ex. Behavioural Data Collection, etc.), tracking client progress and other relevant data as determined by the Program Manager
    • Communicating and collaborating with families, as well as a variety of professionals and community agencies
    • Taking leadership and initiative in planning and implementing adult groups, including communicating with families with regard to goals, progress, future planning, etc.
    • Participating in ongoing evaluation and appraisal of effectiveness of all activities and programs
    • Ongoing communication and collaboration with Teammates
  • Monitors client behaviours, identifies concerns/learning needs and communicates this to Program Manager.
  • Acts as a role model to help clients problem solve and improve self-esteem and social skills.
  • Transports individuals or groups of clients in agency vehicles or in their personal vehicles.
Skills and Knowledge
  • Diploma or Degree from a recognized University or community college in the fields of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioural Sciences, Psychology, Human Services or equivalent in education and experience and professional training deemed acceptable to serve the needs of the client population.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience implementing strength-based and evidence-based practices and supports, particularly the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis, in an environment working with children/youth and/or adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder is an asset to the role.
  • Ability to interpret and comply with the policies and procedures of the Agency and Ministry directives with the assistance of the Program Manager.
  • Good judgement, initiative and demonstrated high standard of service delivery and professional skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as a supportive and active member of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated good health.  (A certificate indicating the absence of communicable disease is required at the time of employment).
  • An ‘F’ license is preferable, otherwise a valid ‘G’ driver’s license, and the ability/capacity to drive agency vehicles is required unless an accommodation is made and approved by the Program Director.
  • Incumbent must be trained in First Aid/CPR, NVCI and WHMIS.
  • A vulnerable sector screen certifying that the applicant has not been convicted of any criminal offence which might be relevant to the position being requested.
Effort and Working Conditions
  • Possesses the physical strength and agility to perform all responsibilities including interacting with children/ youth/ adults in active programs and the use of physical restraint if necessary.
  • Due to the nature of the client population, the incumbent must be able to tolerate situations which can escalate into shouting, aggression and self-injurious behaviours; and stay calm to implement prescribed behavioral protocols (i.e. redirection, de-escalation, blocking, physical restraints, etc.).  
  • Travel may be required, so individuals must be physically capable of operating vehicles safely, possess a valid G or F driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.
  • Incumbent will interact with clients, family members, staff, community partners
  • This position is performed within a variety of milieus including within the community.
  • Works flexible hours and/or shifts as determined by the Centre and described in the employment contract, which may include possible weekday evening shifts.
How To Apply

Qualified candidates are asked to send their resume to  careers@woodview.ca (including the job title in the subject line).

We thank all candidates but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Woodview welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code. Woodview is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment.