Family Therapist - Archway Society for Domestic Peace

Feb 26, 2021
Vernon Central, British Columbia

About Archway Society: 

Archway Society for Domestic Peace provides a wide range of supportive services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. We provide shelter, counselling, child and youth advocacy, outreach services, and collaborative community projects. 

At Archway Society, our goal is to have a strong team working in a well-resourced environment that supports the development and empowerment of women, children and families in our community.  Our strength comes from a collaborative environment working within a feminist framework that embodies healthy balanced teamwork. 

Come join us!  Create a better world, live a life with purpose, have an impact and join a team that supports and collaborates with you. Because people matter.

Job Summary:

Part-time temporary vacancy - 28 hours/week, 18 months (or upon the return of the incumbent)

The Family Therapist provides family-based interventions for families experiencing trauma, specifically around the abuse or sexual assault of a child. The Family Therapist assesses client’s social, psychological, emotional and/or behavioral issues, and provides clinical counselling to meet the needs of the clients.

Qualifications - Education, Training and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, Social Work or a related field.
  • Knowledge of child development, family systems, and impact of trauma on children, youth and adults.
  • Knowledge of family therapy approaches, such as systems theory and attachment theory.
  • Two (2) years recent related experience in clinical counselling with families.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered.

Responsibilities:

  • Interviews clients and family unit to gather case history information. Assesses, using formal assessment tools, social, psychological, emotional, attachment and/or behavioral issues affecting clients and family unit. Identifies core areas of concern to be addressed by clinical counselling and develops family-based intervention plans.
  • Provides information on and referral to other community service providers, resources and professionals as required. Participates in the development of client service plans with the case management team.
  • Plans, prepares and conducts individual or family therapy sessions using therapeutic techniques drawn from theoretical frameworks such as family systems, solutions-focused, narrative, attachment and psycho-dynamic. Provides crisis intervention and ongoing assessment as required.
  • Provides therapeutic interventions to clients and families that facilitate positive family communication and functioning.
  • Facilitates parental skill building on issues such as parent-child interaction, child development, discipline and guidance, and behavior management.
  • Monitors and evaluates clients’ functioning and interaction with family and other connections in the community. Provides follow-up support to clients after the end of therapeutic treatment.
  • Advises other professionals involved with the case and makes referrals where more intensive treatment is required.
  • Formulates and facilitates support groups in program areas for clients and/or their families as required.
  • Maintains clinical records indicating assessment and the nature and duration of treatment. Provides reports on clients’ intake, progress and discharge as requested.
  • Maintains statistics and provides program reports as required by the Society and funder.

Please note that the selected candidate will require:

  • A satisfactory Criminal Record Check for working with children and/or vulnerable persons.
  • Membership with the BC Government and Service Employees` Union- BCGEU
  • A valid driver’s license and availability of a personal vehicle in good operating condition for work purposes.

To Apply:

For a full list of qualifications and responsibilities please review the complete posting on the Archway Society website.  To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter quoting Competition # 2020-025 in subject line to hr@archwaysociety.ca

While we appreciate all applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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