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Thank you for your interest in joining the Pacific Centre Family Services Association team!

PCFSA delivers counselling and other supportive programs for children, youth, adults, couples, groups and families.

 


We acknowledge the L’Kwungen speaking people, the Scia’new Nation and T’Sou-ke Nation, on whose unceded traditional territories our work and activities take place.

 

Internal/External Job Posting                                                                     #18012021

Job Title:                    Regular Clinical Counsellor – Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP)

Grid Level:                Grid 16 BCGEU wage grid position, reporting to the Director of Counselling & Social Services, or delegate

Hours:                        .6 - .8 FTE (21-28 hours per week)

Start Date:                As soon as possible

Posting date:            June 8, 2021

Closing date:            Open until filled

The Sexual Abuse Counsellor provides a broad range of Telehealth and in-person clinical services to children and youth ages 5-19, as well as support for their caregivers/families. The Sexual Abuse Intervention counsellor operates from some or all PCFSA’s locations. Please see attached job description for more details on job responsibilities.

Please submit your application by email to sradford@pcfsa.org

This position is open to applicants of all genders and requires BCGEU Union membership.

Please contact Sara Radford directly with any queries.

Sexual Abuse Intervention Program Clinical Counsellor

Job Description

The SAIP Clinical Counsellor is directly responsible to the Director of Counselling and Social Services, or delegate, for a range of clinical services to clients and community.

In particular, the Sexual Abuse Clinical Counsellor provides clinical service to children, adolescents and their families, referred by professionals, agencies and friends in the community, or who come self-referred. Clients of this program are children under the age of majority who show indications of having been sexually abused and may also exhibit sexual intrusive behaviour as a result of their victimization.

Duties and Activities:

  • Conducts social and family assessments, as well as historical reviews of presenting circumstances.
  • Provides intervention through individual/group counselling, support, education, and/or family meetings/interviews.
  • Evaluates services with participation of individuals served.
  • Collaborates and consults with relevant community and health service providers, as appropriate.
  • Provides recommendations to referral sources, service providers, and/or families that are relevant to judicial follow-up, child apprehension or reunification, referral to additional professional resources or case closure.
  • Maintains and provides written assessments, reports or statistical information for referral and funding sources, as appropriate.
  • Maintains professional records of work with individuals served, according to agency policy (utilizing both hard-copy and database technologies).
  • Maintains appropriate caseload numbers, as determined by agency policy and contractual expectations.
  • Conducts regular case consultation and supervision sessions, to promote practice excellence, and to address and resolve practice issues and challenges.
  • Provides occasional support, supervision, and direction to practicum students in the Schools of Social Work, Child Care, Psychology or Art Therapy, as appropriate.
  • Undertakes other related duties from time to time as determined by the Executive Director or delegate.

Competencies/Conditions:

  • Understands and applies relevant legislation, policy and accreditation standards.
  • Applies professional ethics to clinical practice.
  • Maintains competencies, exercises professionalism, and acts within scope of practice constraints.
  • Recognizes the signs and indicators of child sexual abuse and/or maltreatment.
  • Understands age-appropriate sexual behaviour and stages of normal child development.
  • Differentiates between the factors that constitute abuse and/or neglect, and normative parenting styles.
  • Demonstrates competency and humility with regard to diversity and culture.
  • Understands unique vulnerabilities and treatment considerations in children with disabilities.
  • Understand and applies a strengths-based perspective.
  • Proficient in biopsychosocial spiritual assessment using established standardized measures and approaches.
  • Knowledgeable regarding DSM diagnostic criteria.
  • Trained in the delivery of evidence-informed treatment and interventions for child sexual abuse and inappropriate sexualized behaviour.
  • Understands and applies a family and community systems perspective.
  • Balances potential benefits from clinical interventions with potential risks as part of the treatment planning process.
  • Becomes familiar with relevant agency policies, accreditation standards and legislation, and reviews these on annual basis, or more often when there are substantial changes.

Qualifications:

A minimum of a master’s degree in a mental health discipline as well as specialized training and experience in a variety of expressive child therapies.  Significant experience working with youth living in high conflict families, those with substance use disorders, and vulnerable youth who are at high risk for criminal involvement and exploitation is an asset.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. This position is 21-28 hours per week, with the actual schedule to be negotiated with the supervisor, and may include evening and weekend work, according to program needs.
  2. The SAIP counsellor may be expected to use their own vehicle and/or the company vehicle during employment and to transport clients on occasion.  Maintaining a valid class 5 driver’s license and adequate insurance coverage of at least ($3,000,000) is required.  Mileage will be reimbursed as per the Collective Agreement.
  3. The SAIP counsellor will undertake a recent criminal record check for the Vulnerable Sector prior to commencement of employment.
  4. The first three months of employment will constitute a probationary period, after which a performance appraisal will be conducted to determine suitability for further employment.
  5. This is a union position (BCGEU).

Additional Information:

This position involves work in stressful circumstances, often dealing with youth and families in crisis situations involving behavioural or justice issues.The ability to function independently and frequently under pressure, including managing emergencies, is an ongoing expectation of this position.As this position involves being privy to information of a sensitive nature, the SAIP must be willing to receive an enhanced security clearance, in addition to a criminal record check.

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Internal /External Job Posting                    #06112021

Job Title:                    Youth and Family Counsellor (YFC) Community Outreach Prevention and Education (COPE) Program

Grid Level:                14P BCGEU paraprofessional wage grid position, reporting to the Executive Director or delegate.

Hours:                        2 positions

1 full-time regular – 35 hours per week

1 full-time temporary – 35 hours per week July 5th, 2021-Jun 30th, 2022

Anticipated start date:          July 5th, 2021

This is an outreach position that involves multi-disciplinary collaboration across the Westshore, which will include partnership with the Westshore RCMP. Candidates must demonstrate skill, knowledge, and experience in relation to the criminal justice system and crisis intervention. As this position involves being privy to information of a sensitive nature, the YFCs must be willing to receive an enhanced security clearance, in addition to a criminal record check.

Actual schedule to be negotiated with the Director of Counselling and Social Services and will be according to program need. Evening and some weekend work is required. The initial 3-month period is a probationary period.

To operate from all of PCFSA’s locations and will include outreach work.

Posting date:  June 10, 2021

Closing date:  June 20th, 2021 at 4:00pm

Please submit your application by email to lnelson@pcfsa.org and sradford@pcfsa.org

This position is open to applicants of all genders and requires BCGEU Union membership.

Please contact Liz Nelson or Sara Radford directly with any queries.

Detailed job description attached.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Youth and Family Counsellor

BCGEU Grid Level 14 Paraprofessional

The Youth and Family Counsellor (YFC) is directly responsible to the Executive Director (or delegate) for the provision of a range of services to youth who are involved in or at risk of involvement in the criminal justice system and/or exploitation.   The YFC assesses client issues, develops and implements counselling, support and advocacy plans for individuals, groups and families. Through short term individual and/or group counselling sessions, the YFC uses a variety of therapeutic and counselling techniques and evidence-based strategies.  Skill building and case management services are also provided.  The pay rate is according to the BCGEU Collective Agreement, grid level 14 - paraprofessional.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  1. Gathers relevant information by interviewing, observing behaviour, meeting with caregivers and service providers.  Conducts structured analyses of the information gathered to provide an assessment to establish service priorities.
  2. Provides crisis intervention and support for youth, and their parents, who are involved in criminal activity and exploitation.
  3. Provides short-term (up to 3 months) family mediation, support and counselling to re-stabilize family situations.
  4. Provides 1:1 counselling for individual family members, requiring additional support debriefing, or relationship building.
  5. Facilitates groups according to needs and interests.
  6. Provides skill building in areas such as parenting skills, anger management and self management techniques.
  7. Works in partnership with the Westshore RCMP to provide outreach/community development by maintaining relationships with relevant community service providers/partners, and by participating in/attending local youth and community events.
  8. Provides education about adolescent development, healthy communications, anger management, or other relevant topic areas, as required.
  9. Assists families in accessing appropriate services and resources.
  10. Maintain ongoing consultations and liaison with community referral agents, including police, MCFD, probation, schools, and health professionals.
  11. Monitors client’s progress and provides follow up planning.  Maintains accurate hardcopy and electronic records according to agency policy and best practices standards.
  12. Participates in activities supporting development of Westshore youth services, as appropriate.
  13. Participates as a member of the PCFSA youth team, coordinating caseloads and sharing caseload/waitlist management duties as required.
  14. Participates in/provides youth e-counselling service provision and development of appropriate web-site informational content as required and appropriate.

General Expectations:

  1.  The YFC is responsible for his/her professional proficiency by keeping up to date on relevant clinical and social developments, potentially affecting practice.
  2. The YFC should seek to obtain and maintain professional registration and/or licensing with appropriate professional entities, where appropriate and available.
  3. The YFC is expected to become familiar with and be aware of all relevant policies and best practice standards of PCFSA, as well as to contribute to appropriate organizational developmental activities and practices, upon request.
  4. It is expected that the YFC will make all appropriate efforts to engage with youth who may resist involvement with the program.
  5. They YFC will consult regularly with his/her supervisor regarding clinical, case and program matters.

Qualifications:

Education and Knowledge

Bachelor’s degree in a related human / social service field (master’s preferred). Strong computer skills, with proficiency in social and digital media. First Aid certification and a class 5 driver’s license are also required.

Training and Experience

Two (2) years recent related experience, including work with youth who are high risk for criminal involvement and exploitation.

Conditions of Employment:

  1. This position is 35 hours per week, with the actual schedule to be negotiated with the supervisor, and will include some evening and weekend work, according to program needs.
  2. The YFC may be expected to use their own vehicle during the course of employment and to transport clients on occasion.  Maintaining a valid class 5 driver’s license and adequate insurance coverage of at least ($3,000,000) is required.  Mileage will be reimbursed as per the Collective Agreement.
  3. The YFC will undertake a recent criminal record check prior to commencement of employment, which will include enhanced security clearance.
  4. The first three months of employment will constitute a probationary period, after which a performance appraisal will be conducted to determine suitability for further employment.
  5. This is a union position (BCGEU).

Additional Information:

This position will work in partnership with the RCMP. The YFC must demonstrate skill, knowledge and experience in relation to the criminal justice system and multi-disciplinary collaborative working.

This position involves work in stressful circumstances, dealing with youth and families in crisis situations involving behavioural or justice issues.The ability to function independently and frequently under pressure, including managing emergencies, is an ongoing expectation of this position.

As this position involves being privy to information of a sensitive nature, the YFC must be willing to receive an enhanced security clearance, in addition to a criminal record check.

This job description is subject to the finalization of the Job Evaluation process.

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Internal/External Job Posting                                                                           #05152021

Job Title: Addictions Counsellor

  Substance Use Program

Grid level 14 Paraprofessional BCGEU standard wage grid reporting to the Executive Director or delegate.

To operate remotely and from all of PCFSA’s locations, including 324 Goldstream Avenue in Langford and 6672 Wadams Way in Sooke.

Hours: Temporary Full-Time 35 hours per week for 1 year.

Anticipated start date: As soon as possible

Anticipated end date June 30, 2022

The initial 3-month period is a probationary period.

Posting date: June 15, 2021

Closing date: June 25th, 2021. Please submit your internal application by email to lnelson@pcfsa.org and sradford@pcfsa.org by 4pm.

This position is open to applicants of all genders.

This position requires Union membership.

Please contact Liz Nelson or Sara Radford directly with any queries.

SUBSTANCE USE COUNSELLOR

Job Description

Provides prevention, assessment, referral, counselling and follow-up services to individuals and family members affected by abuse of alcohol and other drugs.

  1. Conducts comprehensive assessments, develops treatment plans and makes referrals to other programs or agencies as required.
  2. Provides individual, family and group counselling using therapeutic techniques drawn from theoretical frameworks such as family systems, solutions-focused, narrative and psychodynamic group work.
  3. Working from a harm reduction framework, which may include abstinence, assists clients to make safer choices through psychoeducation and developing life skills and community survival skills.
  4. Supports clients to engage in acceptable recreational and social activities in the community.
  5. Works with other professionals, including physicians, psychiatrists, social workers, and other service providers, to collaborate on treatment methods and plans for patients and to assess suitability for counseling services or referrals to other treatment centers.
  6. Develops and facilitates support groups for clients and/or their families as required.
  7. Reviews and evaluates client’s progress and adjusts treatment plans as required. Provides feedback and support to clients and/or their families.
  8. Develops and provides prevention and education activities in the community such as workshops, as required.
  9. Conducts research as needed to develop new treatment methods and to stay up to date on changes within the field.
  10. Maintains client records and provides statistics and reports as required.
  11. Performs other related duties as required.

Education and Knowledge

Bachelor’s degree in a related human/social service field. Master’s preferred.

Training and Experience

Two (2) years recent related experience, including training or experience in addictions work.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

General Expectations:

  • Maintains strict standards of confidentiality, ethical and professional boundaries.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including public speaking skills and basic computer skills.
  • Open to giving and receiving constructive feedback.
  • Able to self-reflect and process feedback constructively.
  • Proactive in the pursuit of relevant training and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage stress.
  • Works in a flexible, self-directed manner with minimal supervision.

Conditions of Employment:

1.This position is 35 hours per week.

2.The Counsellor is expected to use his/her own vehicle during the course of employment and may be asked to transport clients on occasion.  Maintaining a valid driver’s license and adequate insurance coverage (of at least $3,000,000) is required.  Mileage will be reimbursed as per the Collective Agreement.

3.The Counsellor will complete a successful and recent criminal record check prior to commencement of employment.

4.The first three months of employment will constitute a probationary period, after which a performance appraisal will be conducted to determine suitability for further employment.

5.This is a union position (BCGEU).

Additional Information:

This position involves work in stressful circumstances, occasionally dealing with individuals and families in crisis situations, including suicidality, overdose, or justice issues.  The ability to function independently and frequently under pressure, including managing emergencies, is an ongoing expectation of this position.

We are honored to work on the unceded traditional L’Kwungen, Scia’new and T’Sou-ke Territory. We gratefully acknowledge and respect these peoples whose relationship to the land continues today.
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