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Child Witness Program Co-ordinator - Yellow Brick House

Sep 25, 2020
Richmond Hill, Ontario

Purpose of Position:           

  1. To facilitate groups and provide support to children in York Region who have witnessed abuse against their mothers (Let’s Talk)
  2. To facilitate groups and provide support to the mothers of children who have witnessed abuse (Let’s Talk)
  3. To facilitate the MIM (Mother’s in Mind ©) groups and provide support to Mother’s and Children under the age of 4
  4. To provide a liaison with schools and other agencies for children and their mothers who are in the program
  5. To provide individual counselling, as needed, to children who have been exposed to domestic violence.
  6. To support mothers/caregivers in utilizing parenting skills to address children’s needs.


  • Coordinates and facilitate groups for children and their mothers (both online and in person as needed)
  • Actively promote the program(s) within the community by marketing, conducting presentations and developing a network for referral sources
  • Assists women and children to understand the cycle of violence and the negative consequences of violence within families
  • Provides emotional support to women and children in the programs
  • Conducts intake and discharge interviews with clients as required
  • Makes appropriate referrals to agencies within York Region and Metropolitan Toronto (eg. Ontario Works, Housing, Legal Aid, CAS, Police)
  • Works with mother/caregiver to address children’s needs
  • Supports mother/caregiver in utilizing parenting skills to address children’s needs
  • Implements case plans sensitive to the needs of clients
  • Assists mother/caregiver and children in developing personal safety plans
  • May provide service in variety of locations, including shelters, community agencies, and/or client’s family home

Case Management:

  • Liaises and advocates with community agencies to facilitate an awareness and understanding of  children’s needs
  • Identifies geographically based referral bases, develops and fosters referring relationships
  • Facilitates families’ connection to ethno-specific services
  • Monitors and provides feedback to families regarding connections with other referrals

Maintenance and Administration:

  • Markets programs throughout York Region
  • Maintains daily, confidential, pertinent, accurate and non-judgemental logging on WISH of all client contacts and group contacts
  • Organizes child care for mother’s group participants (when possible)
  • Organizes and coordinates transportation for children (when possible)
  • Hires (with supervisor support), trains and schedules group facilitators and co-facilitators
  • Maintains a resource library for client use
  • Ensures that intake/discharge and all other appropriate information is complete
  • Ensures that stats are completed at the end of each week
  • Creates and maintains accurate referral records
  • Provides quarterly reports on program delivery, effectiveness and initiatives
  • Disperses and balances petty cash
  • Ensures health and safety standards of the office are met
  • Plans programming expenditure within budget allocations
  • Participates in ongoing program evaluation (Let’s Talk and MIM)


  • Reads, understands and adheres to policies and procedures of PROJECT HOSTEL O/A Yellow Brick House
  • Engages fully and openly in supervision; keeping Supervisor fully informed at all times
  • Ensures appropriate notification of child abuse as required by the Children’s Aid Society
  • Attends staff training sessions as required
  • Works within a team environment; provides support and information to team members and assists other staff when required
  • Maintains a positive approach and a professional manner at all times
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous learning in order to ensure the delivery of high quality services by keeping up-to-date on issues relating to trauma and trauma counselling as well as violence against women and methods of intervention
  • Fosters and maintains an anti-oppression environment
  • Supervises students and volunteers
  • Performs any other duties as required

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Completion of a clinically supervised undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited university (e.g. BSW, MSW)
  • Fluency/competency in a second language either spoken by a large number of clients or that is required by Project Hostel
  • Completion (or willingness to do so) of the Mothers in Mind © training program
  • Completion (or willingness to do so) of the Let’s Talk Facilitator training program
  • 2 to 3 years group facilitation and counselling experience
  • Experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of workshops and groups
  • Experience working with children
  • A specialized certificate in working with children would be an asset
  • In depth knowledge of the dynamics of woman abuse and its effect on children is required
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of abuse/violence against women and children
  • Ability to work under pressure and within the context of the team structure
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to deal effectively with job related stress and handle crisis situations
  • Ability to deliver culturally appropriate services in a multicultural environment
  • Ability to work within an anti-oppression framework
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma, mental health issues, advocacy, substance abuse, employment, child development and parenting would be an asset
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills, conflict resolution skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and the Internet

Starting Date:              To Be Determined

Reporting to:               Supervisor of Direct Services

Other:  A police reference check is required by the successful candidate prior to hiring. Yellow Brick House is a unionized workplace and employees are represented by CUPE Local 3636.

Apply by cover letter and resume to:

Robin Chapman  /  Supervisor, Direct Services  /  Yellow Brick House

We thank all candidates for their interest, however only those selected for interviews will be contacted. We regret we are unable to accept any telephone or e-mail enquires.  Yellow Brick House is a feminist organization that promotes the principles of anti-oppression. We encourage applications from women of all races, colours, ethnic origins, religions, abilities and sexual orientations.

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