We are currently accepting resumes for the position of STV Counsellor.
This is a 7 hour per week, permanent women’s counsellor (Stopping the Violence). Please see full job description and requirements below.
Please email resumes to Roxie Van Aller, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Posting closes July 7, 2017
POSITION TITLE: Stopping the Violence Counsellor
REPORTS TO: Executive Director
POSITION SUMMARY: The Stopping the Violence Counselling Program provides individual and/or group counselling for women who have experienced sexual assault, violence/abuse in relationships, or childhood abuse.
The STV Counsellor will focus on women’s needs and will consider:
(a) the individual situation, perspective and needs of women;
(b) the safety of women and children as more important than keeping families together.
When providing services the counsellor will acknowledge:
(a) the power imbalances in our society that lead to women being exposed to abuse or violence;
(b) the impact and dynamics of abuse and violence;
(c) that perpetrators are responsible for their actions.
This position requires:
- A good working knowledge of family violence and its impacts and of relevant community resources.
- The ability to provide service in a respectful, empathetic and client-centered manner while maintaining appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
- The ability to work independently and in a self-directing manner as well as the ability to work in a cooperative and collaborative manner with staff and other community agencies.
- The ability to maintain necessary records and documentation, and to engage in the evaluation of the program and services.
- A valid BC Driver’s License, and satisfactory criminal record check.
- A bachelor’s degree in a related human/social service field, and two years of recent related experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
- Excellent written, interpersonal, communication and computer skills.
- Effective time management and prioritization.
- Able to work independently.
- Able to work within a collaborative framework, participating in a team approach with other professionals, agency staff and members of the community.
- Ability to foster team participation and contribute to the goals and activities of Desert Sun and the objectives of the contract funders.
- Receive referrals of women to the program for individual counselling and/or support groups.
- Conduct an intake process that includes assessment of the impacts of abuse on women.
- Assess the level of safety/risk to the women and her children.
- Conduct individual counselling sessions for women who are not ready to attend group and where no appropriate support groups are available.
- Provide women with support and information, and assist them to identify, express and deal with the feelings they have experienced as a result of the abuse.
- Make referrals to other agencies and services when appropriate.
- Maintain related case notes, documents, forms and statistics, and provide reports to funders and executive director as required.
- Prepare and distribute information and/or presentations on the services available to women and their children at Desert Sun, and on the issues of abuse.
- Maintain familiarity with legislation, regulations, policies and best practices related to abuse and child protection.
- Attend, and participate in, staff, and other, meetings as required.
- Liaise with other service agencies, and professionals, to promote the program, and maintain current knowledge of issues and resources related to abuse and violence.
- Attend, and participate in, training, certification programs.
- Perform other related duties as required.