Counsellor – Stopping the Violence Program

The program:

The Stopping the Violence program delivers counselling services to women who have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual abuse and/or childhood abuse as well as trafficked women. Services are primarily delivered to individual clients but will also include some group work.

The job:

The majority of your caseload will be individual adult women who are responding to the trauma of intimate partner violence. You will also facilitate groups for women survivors at various points along the healing process.  Work can either be shorter or longer term depending on the needs and wishes of your client, as well as your assessment in conjunction with your supervisor. You may also see clients in our 14-week safety and stabilization program.

In addition to your clinical work and file documentation, you will receive regular supervision from your Program Manager/Clinical Supervisor, as well as an external consultant.  You will also participate in group supervision, and team meetings and are expected to work collaboratively with members of the Agency staff.

This position is ideally for 4 days per week (28 hours) but there is some flexibility for the right candidate.

In order to accommodate the schedules of clients, evening hours (at least one evening per week) are required.

The candidate:

You have a Master’s degree in clinical counselling, social work or related field, current registration with an accredited, professional organization and a minimum of 2 years of post-master’s degree experience working with women who have been impacted by violence, using a trauma-informed, feminist perspective. Experience working with families who have been impacted by relationship violence, substance misuse, mental health issues, and poverty is essential. You have an understanding of how the therapeutic relationship may be shaped by social locations of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and ability.  Experience facilitating groups would also be an asset.

You have a good understanding of the importance of excellent file documentation practices.

Language proficiency in Farsi would be a significant asset as would experience working with Indigenous women.  Training in EMDR or other trauma-informed therapies would also be considered an asset.

How to apply:

Please respond, in confidence, with cover letter and resume to:

Kathleen Whyte

Senior Manager of Human Resources

Family Services of the North Shore

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