Counsellor - Child & Youth Bereavement Program (Help Us Understand Grief) - Hope House Community Hospice

Apr 30, 2024
Aurora, Ontario

We’re seeking a compassionate and dedicated professional to implement our new Help Us Understand Grief (HUUG) program for children, youth and their families. Our HUUG program provides education, 1:1 support and group support to help children, youth and families find ways to communicate and support one another in their grief and maintain connections and memories of loved ones who have died.

You will play a crucial role in providing essential support to help children and youth navigate grief. If you have a heart for helping others heal and the skills to provide compassionate support, we want to hear from you!

The Counsellor - HUUG Program is responsible for supporting children, youth and families living with serious illness, dying, death and grief.  This is a two-year contract funded by a grant. 


  • Assess clients to identify goals and determine required interventions
  • Provide short term grief counselling to children, teens and their families who are living with a life-threatening illness or grieving a sudden or expected death
  • Plan, facilitate (or co-facilitate), evaluate and document age-appropriate grief support groups for children, youth and parents
  • Provide outreach support to schools
  • Collaborate with other service providers to provide a continuum of services for children, youth and families
  • Consult with team to ensure optimum counselling interventions and approaches are being utilized
  • Work in collaboration with team to provide professional consultation and education to other community organizations and professionals
  • Maintain confidential and timely client records
  • Complete assessments, client surveys and other processes associated with counselling and group support

  • MSW or MA or equivalent
  • Registration with Professional College
  • Training &/or experience in Grief and Bereavement is an asset
  • Knowledge of and commitment to philosophy of hospice care, with particular regard to the needs of children and families
  • Valid Drivers License and access to a vehicle for the purposes of business travel is required
  • At least 3 years of experience working with children, youth and families
  • Knowledge of child and youth development
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience in community setting and working with volunteers
  • Ability to work unsupervised exercising a high degree of discretion and independent judgement
  • Outstanding organizational, time management, and problem solving skills

  • Position requires flexibility in working hours (140 hrs/month) in order to meet the needs of the clients
  • Some evening, weekend work is required
  • Travel is required within city limits and occasionally in local rural areas
Based on experience

HHCH thanks all applicants for their interest in advance however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

HHCH is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applicants from equity seeking groups. HHCH is committed to providing reasonable accessible employment practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation for disability during any stage of the recruitment process, please indicate this in your cover letter

Please forward resume & cover letter to: Heidi Bonner, Executive Director
Deadline for submission:
Will remain open until filled.

                                                            Hope House Community Hospice

Our Vision: A community where no on journeys alone through illness or loss.

HOPE HOUSE COMMUNITY HOSPICE (Hope House): Our professional Staff and dedicated volunteers provide innovative, personalized compassionate support – at no cost – to people diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, their families and caregivers and those who are bereaved.

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