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- Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor - Full-Time
- Agency / Organization
- Contact name
- Kimberley Woodward
- Human Resources Advisor
- #102 - 1027 Westminster Ave W
- British Columbia
- Postal Code
- V2A 1L4
- Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor
Regular Full -Time – 35 hours/week
Posting Date: July 30, 2019 - Ongoing
Located in Penticton, BC, the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) is a registered charitable Society that provides a wide range of services in residential and non-residential settings to individuals who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse. Most services focus on serving women and children. SOWINS works from an intersectional feminist philosophy and supports trauma-informed practice and harm reduction models.
SOWINS serves a diverse group of people and we aim to maintain a staff group that reflects the diversity. People of diverse backgrounds and cultures are encouraged to apply.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
As part of the counselling team, and reporting to the Manager Counselling & Victim Services, the STV Counsellors at SOWINS provide mid-range individual and group counselling and additional supports to women who have been victims of various forms of abuse - or at risk of experiencing abuse. This may include, but not limited to physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and/or sexual assault. Counselling uses techniques such as therapeutic group counselling and self-skill workshops
Gender is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position: only women (trans, cis), gender diverse, and two-spirit applicants will be considered.
Schedule: This is a regular full-time position and averages 35 hours per week, with the possibility of going up to 35 hours per week depending on funding. Shifts are Monday-Friday, 9am - 5pm with a one hour unpaid lunch break. Some flexibility may be needed to meet client’s needs.
Union:This position requires union membership, under Health Sciences Association (HSA).
Wage:$30.68 to start (HSA Grid 14P).
Benefits:We offer an excellent benefit package! SOWINS covers 100% of MSP premium, extended health plan, dental plan, and life insurance premiums. This position is also eligible for the Municipal Pension Plan (MPP). Entitlements to health and welfare benefits, sick leave, vacation etc. are as detailed by the General Services Collective Agreement.
Two years recent related experience working with individuals who have experienced violence or abuse.
Two years recent experience working with codependency, violence in relationships, boundaries, and trauma
Bachelor’s degree in related field - human/social services, psychology, or counselling. Master’s level preferred
EMDR, CBT, DBT, and Somatic Therapy training an asset
Valid Standard First Aid & CPR Level C Certification
Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training (NVCI).
Satisfactory vulnerable sector criminal record check.
Valid Class 5 driver’s license and acceptable current drivers abstract
The STV Counsellor may be required to use their personal vehicle during performance of duties. Thus the successful applicant must have access to a vehicle with appropriate level of insurance to transport clients.
For further information about the Victim Support Worker position please review the STV Counsellor Job Description.
*TITLE: Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor
PROGRAM: Counselling Services
REPORTS TO: Manager Counselling & Victim Services
WORKS WITH: Works with SOWINS team members, including: Executive Director, Administration Team, Women’s Counsellors, Mature Women’s Outreach Counsellor, PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling, and Empowerment) Counsellor, SAFEXST Counsellor, SAFEXST Team, Transition House Team, Employment Services Coordinator, Victim Services Support Workers, and Housing Programs Coordinator.
Reporting to the Manager Counselling & Victim Services, Counsellors at SOWINS provide individual and group counselling and additional supports to women who have been victims of various forms of abuse - or at risk of experiencing abuse. This may include, but not limited to physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, psychological abuse, and/or sexual assault.
Services are provided from a feminist and trauma-based perspective while encompassing the principles of the client centered approach. Counselling uses techniques such as therapeutic group counselling and self-skill workshops
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Assesses the safety of the clients and their children, and supports clients in reducing safety risks by creating and implementing safety plans, when appropriate.
2. Practices and encompasses the bio psychosocial approach to counselling.
3. Interviews clients to gather case history information. Assesses profound social, psychological, biological, emotional and/or behavioral issues affecting clients. Identified score areas of concern to be addressed by clinical counselling.
4. Develops and implements therapeutic plans and programs necessary to meet client goals and objectives. Provides individual and group counselling interventions using therapeutic techniques depending on client need.
5. Provides follow-up support to clients after the end of therapy treatment. Advises other professionals involved with client’s case where further evaluation or more intensive treatment is required.
6. Maintains knowledge of community resources and provides appropriate referrals to clients to meet their needs. These include referrals to other community service providers, resources and professionals as required.
7. Formulates and facilitates creation of group counselling, as well as therapeutic and support groups in program areas for clients.
8. Provides consultation to those working with client cases i.e. Social Workers, Crown Prosecutors, Probation Officers, other organization staff, and other professionals.
9. Participates in or initiates case conferences with other professionals as required.
10. Maintains related records and statistics and produces required reports on clients’ behavior and progress. Maintains clinical records indicating the nature and duration of treatment.
11. Maintains current knowledge of issues and resources related to abuse and violence and educates the community about these issues. Participates in staff training sessions, public education forums, seminars, conferences, presentations and public awareness activities about services and issues relevant to specific program areas. Engages in prevention activities by networking, consultation, and public relations as required.
12. Performs other related duties as required.
•Bachelor’s degree in related field - human/social services, psychology, or counselling.
•Two years recent related experience working with women who have experienced violence or abuse
•Two years recent experience working with codependency, violence in relationships, boundaries, and trauma
OR equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
•Knowledge of the needs and support required by victims of abuse.
•In-depth knowledge of various therapeutic techniques available for counselling victims of abuse.
•In depth knowledge of SOWINS – or equivalent organization, and other local community agencies.
•Demonstrated judgement when modifying counselling techniques in working with women who have experienced abuse to provide counselling from a feminist and trauma based perspective.
•Demonstrated ability and techniques as they apply to counselling a diverse clientele.
•Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and oral.
•Demonstrated proficiency with various computer programs and Microsoft programs –outlook, word, and excel.
•Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team and maintain healthy professional relationships.
•Demonstrated effective time management skills to ensure punctuality and ability to prioritize work.
•Ability to problem solve with clientele and demonstrated ability to make sound professional judgements.
•Ability to create and implement safety plans when appropriate.
•Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
•Willing to work flexible hours as required by the Manager Counselling & Victim Services.
•Valid BC Driver’s License in good standing.
•Must have CPR, valid 1st Aid Certificate.
SOWINS Core Competencies:
•Is respectful, non-judgmental and inclusive at all times.
•Follows through on commitments and obligations.
•Works honestly and fairly with staff, colleagues, clients and other organizations with whom we work; communicates effectively.
•Fosters open communications.
•Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
•Represents SOWINS in a positive and professional manner.
•Models the Society’s Code of Conduct.
Job Types: Full-time, Permanent
Salary: $30.68 /hour
- (250) 493-4366
- Closing Date