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Stop the Violence Counsellor
Agency / Organization
SARA for Women
Contact name
SARA for Women
PO Box 3044
British Columbia
Postal Code
V2V 4J3
SARA for Women Society has 2 female Stop the Violence Counsellor Positions open, one in Mission and one in the Abbotsford location. The ideal candidate will have an excellent understanding of the impacts of violence against women including relationship abuse, sexual assault, and the impacts on children witnessing violence in the home.

Section 1 – General Information

Position Title: Stop the Violence Counsellor
Program or Department: Counselling
Reports to: Manager of Counselling
Section 2 - Job Summary

The STV Counsellor provides one-on-one counselling and group programming for women experiencing domestic violence and/or childhood trauma and abuse.
All staff and volunteers of SARA demonstrate a commitment to the mandate, vision, values and philosophy of the SARA for Women Society.

2.1 Key Duties and responsibilities
• Provides individual and group-based psycho-educational counselling for adult women survivors of childhood trauma and abuse and/or domestic violence
• Maintains accurate up-to-date records, including documentation of all client contacts, case notes and referral records and case consultation notes
• Assists the Manager of Counselling to manage and develop the program, including but not limited to managing waitlist, collecting and reporting monthly statistics
• Attends and actively participates in team meetings, team building and development activities
• Provides support and information to clients to develop and strengthen their support and social network beyond the counselling relationship
• Consults, networks and liaises with community agencies and professionals to maintain up-to-date information on available resources, and to maintain positive community relations and build mutually beneficial partnerships

Section 3 – Qualifications, skills and experience
• Master’s Degree in Psychology or Counselling Psychology. (Required)
• Membership in a recognized governing body (BCACC, CPA). (Required)
• Understanding of and working knowledge of the Family Law Act
• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Outlook, Office 365, Excel,

Online applications, online resource/research skills
3.1 Licensing and certifications:
• Trauma Informed Care training and experience (Preferred)
• Occupational First Aid Certificate (Required)
• Non Violent Crisis Intervention (Preferred)

3.2 Required Knowledge and Skills Inventory
• Excellent understanding of violence against women’s issues both within dominant and non-dominant cultures
• Strong understanding and commitment to SARA For Women’s Mission, Vision and Values
• Firm commitment to working from a feminist perspective, providing women centered, trauma informed and client centered approach and a pro-choice stance
• Comprehensive understanding of social services and resources in the Fraser Valley and how to access them
• Strong listening skills, written and oral communication skills including public speaking skills required
• Demonstrated ability to clearly communicate information to others (i.e. case notes, reports and statistics)
• Experience providing individual and/or group counselling to assist women in understanding and coping with the effects of the cycle of abuse and family violence
• Demonstrated ability to provide crisis intervention and support for women
• Demonstrated ability to support women through their journey toward healing and independence, through providing individual and group counselling and referrals as needed
• Strong knowledge and experience of providing service to women in an integrated case management team environment
• Experience working with mental illness and addictions would be an asset
• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse clientele, and cultural competency
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team

3.3 Required Competencies:
• Solid and demonstrable work ethic and the ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and to work independently
• Commitment to a coordinated team-based approach
• Ability to network and interact well with other service providers, internal and external team members
• Energetic, positive, optimistic, and pragmatic
• Demonstrated commitment to building and sustaining a healthy workplace
• Excellent inter-personal skills
• Able to provide non-judgmental support to both clients and colleagues
• Ability to be adaptive to different situations
• Commitment to ongoing professional development and learning
• Strong time management and organizational skills
• Ability to handle competing priorities and objectives

Section 4- Environment/Working Conditions
Psychological Competency:
• This position is required at times to work with clients in crisis situations

Other: Previous use of SARA or WRSFV services must be disclosed at time of application

Submit cover letter and resume to:
Subject: STV Counsellor Position
Posting Date: March 20th, 2019

Open until filled

Additional Information: This position requires Union Membership.

SARA promotes the principles of anti-oppression, diversity and inclusion. We strive to represent the diverse communities that we serve. Individuals from First Nations, diverse ethno cultural origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone inquiries please.
(604) 820-8455