Counsellor – Family Preservation/Family Support Programs

About the position:

These are permanent 1.0 FTE (35 hours per week) positions beginning as soon as possible.

While working in the Family Preservation Program, you will be working with MCFD to identify counselling goals and objectives with the various family members and work with them individually or in groups as appropriate. You will provide initial and on-going assessments as well as work with client families regarding issues of family boundaries, improving parental capacity, reducing risk to children, developing problem-solving skills, supporting the reduction of relationship violence, increasing knowledge on the impact of family violence , responding to mental health and addictions, building resilience, and establishing family and community support networks, etc. You will attend to legal and ethical issues as they may arise, and in consultation with supervisor, to ensure that appropriate action is taken. While working in the Family Support Program, you will be responsible for providing services to clients referred through a variety of paths, including, MCFD, self-referral, school counsellors, family doctors and other community resources. Many of the families will already be connected to the Agency though other programs. You will provide education on parenting, coping and other skills as well as provide concrete resourcing and referrals regarding housing, child care, and access to government, legal systems and community services. These positions require some flexibility in work hours and a capacity to respond to a diversity of client needs. Hours of service must be flexible to accommodate the schedules of families and will include after-school and evening hours. As the work is done primarily out in the community, this position requires the use of a personal automobile.

The Candidate:

The successful candidates will have a graduate degree in Counselling Psychology or Social Work or a related field with a minimum of 2 years of experience working in a community setting. Experience working with families who are dealing with relationship violence, substance misuse, mental health issues, and poverty is essential, as is an understanding of diversity, oppression, marginalization, and trauma. Current registration with an accredited professional organization is also required. Experience facilitating groups would be an asset.

Language proficiency in Farsi, Korean, Mandarin or Cantonese is considered a significant asset as would experience working with Indigenous people.

Family Services of the North Shore is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities to apply to become part of our organization

How to apply:

Email Kathleen Whyte at with your resume and cover letter.

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