Employment Opportunity: Counsellor - Family Support Worker and PEACE Counsellor

Thank you for all who applied.  This position is now filled.

Permanent Part-time Employment Opportunity

Family Support Worker and PEACE Counsellor

An exciting opening for a Counsellor to work with children, youth and their families.

25 hours per week(20 hours FSW, 5 hours PEACE )

As the Family Support Worker(FSW) and PEACE (Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment) Counsellor, you will provide comprehensive evidence-based services for children and youth between the ages of three(3) and eighteen(18), and their parents/ caregivers, residing in Kaslo and the surrounding area(including Riondel, Crawford Bay, and Gray Creek). You will work closely with members of the counselling team, referring agencies and community partners. Clinical supervision will be provided.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Youth and Childcare, or counselling or a lesser degree with a combination of education and experience
  • Experience or training in working with complex family dynamics is required.
  • Demonstrated experience providing individual, group, family and psycho-educational support services.
  • Experience with a range of strategies for imparting knowledge, improving skills and building awareness of resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in assessment and intervention for children, youth and their care-giver(s) who have experienced domestic violence and identifying their support needs.
  • Demonstrated consultation and liaison skills with external agencies.
  • Driver’s licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.

Benefits: Include extended health and dental, Employee and Family Assistance Program, RRSP contribution, a professional development budget, weekly team supervision, and a warm and inviting working atmosphere.

Please email the Administrator with resume and cover letter addressing preferred qualifications to: administrator@nklcss.org.

Wage:

  • Family Support Worker: 24.50 – 28.50/hour depending on qualifications and experience
  • PEACE Counsellor: $28.50 - $32.50/hours depending on qualifications and experience

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. Only those shortlisted will be contacted.

Full job description below (Family Support Worker followed by the PEACE Counsellor).

 

Family Support Worker Job Description:

Job Title: FAMILY SUPPORT WORKER(FSW)

Last Updated: June 11, 2021

Wage Grid:

Service Area: Kaslo and surrounding area including Riondel, Crawford Bay and Gray Creek

Job/Position Summary:

The position provides these services:

  • Intensive Family Preservation
  • Parenting Skills Development
  • Family Support

The FSW is directly responsible to the Counselling Team Lead and performs duties in accordance with Agency policies and procedures. 

The position requires a commitment to teamwork and joint decision-making.

Your primary responsibility will be working in the community setting to provide child-centred family support that includes intake, assessment, intervention and referrals to existing services. You will also provide support to children who are identified as being at risk and require protective family service intervention. The focus of the intervention may be with the child, parent, or both depending on the risk factors involved.    You may provide in home practical support to vulnerable children and their families as well. The Family Support Worker may facilitate family education groups.

A priority will be assigned to Ministry of Children and Family directed clients and self referred clients experiencing crisis.

The focus of this role is on prevention and early intervention.

Service Objectives:

  1. Provide individual, group, family and/or psycho-educational interventions and support services
  2. for children, youth and families experiencing social, behavioural and/or emotional challenges.
  3. Assist families in increasing their understanding of and ability to meet the needs of their children.
  4. Increase the ability of children, youth and families to sustain a safe and healthy life within the community, family and society in general.
  5. Provide short-term, outcome-focused assistance to families that are experiencing difficulties with parent-adolescent conflict with the focus of avoiding family breakdown and to encourage positive relationships through the transition of youth from adolescence to adulthood.

Duties:

  1. Provide counselling assessment, treatment and referral to children, youth, and families in the service area
  2. Develop and implement strategies for change on an individual and group basis as related to program objectives.
  3. Keep accurate and relevant statistical information and keep complete client records for all casework, providing written reports as required.
  4. Attend case conferences and provide liaison and referrals.
  5. Provide follow up with clients and referral sources when appropriate.
  6. Respond to and/or refer crisis and life-threatening situations immediately.
  7. Ensure confidentiality of all client-related and privileged agency information. Be aware of and report all suspected allegation of abuse or neglect as outlined in “The BC Handbook for Action on Abuse and Neglect.”
  8. Be available as a resource to the schools, hospital, mental health worker, public health nurses, doctors and Ministry of Children and Family Development social workers for ongoing assistance or referral.
  9. Work within a collaborative framework, participating in a team approach with other professionals, agency staff and members of the community, including participation on the local Child/Youth/Family Committee.
  10. Determine community-based program priorities in consultation with the Counselling Team Lead and the Executive Director to monitor and adjust services to community needs.
  11. Function as part of the Counselling team of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.
  12. This position shall meet the spirit and intent of Contracts between North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Supervision:

The FSW reports to the Executive Director of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society through the Counselling Team Lead.

The FSW receives regular clinical supervision from a clinical supervisor through North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Education and Work Experience:

The FSW will have completed post secondary education in Social Work, Psychology, Youth and Childcare, Counselling or a comparable combination of education and experience. Experience in working with complex family dynamics is required.  A client centred approach is necessary.  

Skill Requirements:

  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with efficient time management skills.
  • 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 NKLCSS and the objectives of the contract funders.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills
  • Awareness of and willingness to work on personal issues as they arise.
  • Ability to be mindful of your own experience of victimization and privilege and how they impact your work.
  • An attitude that is positive, pro-active and open along with a commitment to speaking without gossip.
  • Respect for diversity.
  • Ability to manage change effectively.
  • An attitude that welcomes, respects and appreciates clients, co-workers, donors, collaborators and the greater community

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment:

  • Clean driving abstract and reliable vehicle.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and adherence to a confidentiality agreement.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training.

 

PEACE Counsellor Job Description:

Job Title: PEACE Program Counsellor- Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment

Last updated: June 11, 2021

Wage Grid:

Service Area: Kaslo and surrounding area

Job/Position Summary

The position provides service to children and youth, three to 18 years of age.  Children and Youth who have experienced violence, who are coping with major life changes or loss including parental separation and divorce, or who have experienced sexual abuse or may be acting out in a sexualized manner are able to receive counselling and support from this program.

The PEACE counsellor is directly responsible to the Counselling Team Lead and performs duties in accordance with Agency policies and procedures. 

The position requires a commitment to teamwork and joint decision-making.

Your primary responsibility will be to offer support and counselling for children who have experienced domestic violence. Responsibilities of the position. include intake, assessment, counselling and referrals to other services.

Service Objectives:

  1. Therapeutic intervention with clients who have experienced violence, the threat of violence or violence against women.
  2. Assist clients in a process of recovery and personal empowerment.
  3. Help children whose emotional health and self-esteem have been damaged by witnessing abuse.
  4. Address the inter-generational cycle of abuse by teaching children non-violent ways of resolving conflict and by the process of healing the wounds inflicted upon them.

Duties:

  1. Provide counselling assessment, treatment and referral to children, youth, and families in Kaslo and the surrounding area.
  2. Develop and implement strategies for change on an individual and group basis as related to program objectives.
  3. Keep accurate and relevant statistical information and keep complete client records for all casework, providing written reports as required.
  4. Attend case conferences and provide liaison and referrals.
  5. Provide follow up with clients and referral sources when appropriate.
  6. Respond to and/or refer crisis and life-threatening situations immediately. Be aware of and report all suspected allegation of abuse or neglect as outlined in “The BC Handbook for Action on Abuse and Neglect.”
  7. Ensure confidentiality of all client-related and privileged agency information.
  8. Be available as a resource to the schools, hospital, mental health worker, public health nurses, doctors and Ministry of Children and Family Development social workers for ongoing assistance or referral.
  9. Work within a collaborative framework, participating in a team approach with other professionals, agency staff and members of the community, including participation on the local Child/Youth/Family Committee.
  10. Determine community-based program priorities in consultation with the Counselling Team Lead and Executive Director to monitor and adjust services to community needs.
  11. Function as part of the Counselling team of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.
  12. This position shall meet the spirit and intent of Contracts between North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Supervision:

The PEACE counsellor reports to the Executive Director of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society through the Counselling Team Lead.

The PEACE counsellor receives regular clinical supervision from a clinical supervisor through North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Education and Work Experience:

  • Completed post-secondary education in Social Work, Psychology, Youth and Childcare, Counselling or a comparable combination of education and experience.
  • Experience in working with complex family dynamics is required.
  • Experience in working with families who have experienced domestic violence is vital.
  • A client centred approach is necessary
  • therapeutic experience including expressive therapy is desired.
  • Knowledge of and skills in feminist counselling, psycho-educational support services and counselling supervision practices.
  • Experience in counselling and/or supporting children and youth who have experienced violence and their parents who have also experienced violence.

Skill Requirements:

  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently with efficient time management skills.
  • 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 NKLCSS and the objectives of the contract funders.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills
  • Awareness of and willingness to work on personal issues as they arise.
  • Ability to be mindful of your own experience of victimization and privilege and how they impact your work.
  • An attitude that is positive, pro-active and open along with a commitment to speaking without gossip.
  • Respect for diversity.
  • Ability to manage change effectively.
  • An attitude that welcomes, respects and appreciates clients, co-workers, donors, collaborators and the greater community

Additional Information:

Conditions of Employment:

  • Clean driving abstract and reliable vehicle.
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check and adherence to a confidentiality agreement.
  • Current First Aid/CPR Certification
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training.