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PEACE Children's Program Counsellor
Agency / Organization
Kelowna Women's Shelter
Contact name
Connie Marchal
Manager of Programs and Services
box 20193 RPO Towne Centre
British Columbia
Postal Code
Kelowna Women’s Shelter seeks a dynamic and passionate anti-violence professional to take on the part-time (22.5 hrs/week) role of PEACE program counsellor.

The PEACE (formerly CWWA – Children Who Witness Abuse) Counsellor provides psycho educational programming, support, education and advocacy for children who have witnessed abuse or family conflict and change. This individual also provides emotional and parenting support to parents. Designs, promotes and delivers the PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) program.

Position requires a positive attitude and high energy, along with two years recent related experience providing one-on-one and group counselling to children. Preference will be given to candidates with Children Who Witness Abuse training and /or prior experience in this program. Skills in feminist counselling practices, trauma counselling and training in play and art therapy are assets, as is knowledge of relevant local community contacts and resources.

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 Shelter 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.
• Level one OFA and CPR B required.

1. Design, implement, evaluate and adapt psycho educational support groups and other programming for children who have witnessed abuse, and their parents, in consultation with supervisor.
2. Receive referrals of children to the program for individual counselling and/or support groups participation.
3. Conduct an intake process that includes assessment of the impacts of abuse on the child, the group readiness of the child, the support needs of the parent who has experienced abuse, and as far as possible, the level of safety/risk to the child.
4. Conduct individual counseling sessions for children who are not ready to attend group and when no age appropriate support groups are available.
5. Provide children with support and information, and assist them to identify, express and deal with the feelings they have experienced as a result of the abuse
6. Make referrals to other agencies and services when appropriate.
7. Maintain related case notes, documents, forms and statistics, and provide reports to funders and supervisor as required.

8. Ensure play and meeting areas are maintained in a clean, organized condition. Arrange for, or provide, transportation to and from the program when necessary.
9. Arrange individual and/or group activities for children appropriate to their age and abilities, to encourage and foster development of self-confidence and self-esteem. This may include crafts, arts, outings, sports, special events and summer, or other seasonal activities or events.
10. Prepare and distribute information and/or presentations on the services available to children through the Shelter’s PEACE program, and on the issues of abuse.
11. Maintain familiarity with legislation, regulations, policies and best practices related to abuse and child protection.
12. Attend, and participate in, staff, and other, meetings as required.
13. Liaise with other service agencies, and professionals, to promote the program, and maintain current knowledge of issues and resources related to abuse and violence.
14. Attend, and participate in, training, certification programs.
15. Orient, and assign duties to new staff, volunteers and students as needed.
16. Perform other related duties as required.


1. Is respectful, non-judgmental, compassionate and inclusive.
2. Fosters open communication and collaboration with clients, colleagues and volunteers.
3. Plans and organizes time effectively and efficiently.
4. Represents Kelowna Women’s Shelter in a positive and professional manner.
5. Respects confidentiality of clients, staff, volunteers and organization as a whole.
6. Displays a positive, pleasant and courteous attitude, and responds well to supervision and constructive feedback.
7. Uses appropriate and respectful language.
8. Is punctual and consistent in attendance.
9. Demonstrates physical ability and desire to engage in active play and other interactions with children.
10. Researches and applies new and relevant theories and practices into program expansion, development, execution and evaluation.
11. Delivers case notes and reports that are clear, concise and include information and statistics necessary to serve clients and support the agency.
12. Ensures appropriate supervision and physical safety of children and caregivers, and maintains clean and well-organized play and meeting areas.
13. Manages group and individual sessions in a calm, grounded manner, keeping participants on task and appropriately engaged.

Applications (with three professional references) due to manager of programs and services Connie Marchal at by April 26, 2018
(778) 478-7774
Closing Date