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The Women's Centre Grey Bruce - Clinical Counsellor

The Women's Centre Grey Bruce

Clinical Counsellor

Posting Date: March 17, 2021
Closing Date: When position is filled
Position Title: Clinical Councillor
Position Type: 30 hours per week – 1 year contract
Start Date: ASAP
Position Title: Clinical Councillor
Position Type: Part Time 1 year Contract -30 hours per week
Start Date: March 15, 2021

This is a 1 year contract position with potential for permanency. The licensed Clinical Counsellor is
responsible for providing counselling services to abused women and children in the
residential and outreach programs. These services and interventions are provided on an
individualized basis for the client in a multi-modal fashion. The goal of all counselling services
is to reduce the barriers and challenges that clients face with strengths-based, tailored,
therapeutic counselling approaches and interventions.

The Clinical Counsellor will deliver services in a manner consistent with the goals and
objectives of programs, policies and procedures of The Women's Centre Grey Bruce Inc.



Provides professional-level support to clients, based on a thorough understanding of The
Women's Centre counselling philosophy and principles to include the following approaches:

  • Provides clinical services that include: ongoing assessment of women and children
    functioning, relational systems, and environmental constraints and resources.
  •  Develops and implements therapeutic approaches and interventions including
    individual, family systems, groups, and psycho-educational approaches that recognize
    clients’ unique characteristics and strengths as well as barriers.
  • Supports positive, sustainable behavioral change as well as intrapersonal and
    interpersonal growth and development.
  • Develops strong collaborative relationships with women and children to encourage
    their active participation in developing goals that address their concerns, and are
    sensitive to their cultural values and socioeconomic circumstances
  • Addresses the complexity of client needs by assessing individual and systems
    functioning in an ongoing manner.
  • Assists clients in identifying and creating relational and community supports.
  • Establishes strong connections to the community, including maintaining close working relationships with cultural, faith groups, formal and informal service providers, to learn how to adapt services and resources so that they are sensitive to clients beliefs and needs.
  • Provides conflict-resolution support and strategies for clients in their relational systems as-needed.
  • Responds to critical incidents, implements crisis intervention strategies that address the specific health and safety issues of those involved, and informs the manager when such situations arise.
  • Establishes strong connections to the community, including maintaining close working relationships with all formal and informal service providers
  • Exercises the responsibilities of the position in a manner consistent with the philosophical approach and mandate of the program.


Document accurately all relevant activities of clients support provided:

  • Prepares daily case notes of clients counselling interaction.
  • Prepares reports to reporting bodies as required.
  • Completes intake and discharge documentation processes for all women and their
    children who access outreach programs.
  • Document meetings with clients, ie. Weekly and monthly meetings as laid out by TWC.
  • Completes Case Management, Safety Planning, Risk Assessment, Discharge Plans and
    reports as needed with clients.


Adhering to all policies, procedures and legal requirements:

  • Understands and apply relevant legislation and related tools, that is, VAW Emergency
    Standards, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Privacy Act, Employment Standards
    Act, Child and Family Services Act, Mental Health Act, and ARAO practises
  • Demonstrates knowledgeable of applicable Agency policies, procedures and protocols
    which are incorporated into practice.
  • Adheres to confidentiality and ethical practices.
  • Attends and participates actively in team and staff meetings.
  • Engages in constructive problem solving strategies with peers and manager to continue
    to develop and improve program delivery.
  • Attends regular staff supervision with Program Manager, and identifies annual professional development goals during this process.
  • Works toward a co-ordinated delivery of service for Counselling and Outreach programs.


  • Maintains strict confidentiality of all client and staff information.
  • Attends staff meetings, staff training and case management meetings as required.
  • Provides and accept constructive feedback on work-related issues.
  • Promotes a harmonious and supportive relationship between Staff, Clients, Board,
    Volunteers and Community Agencies.
  • Maintains a current awareness regarding woman abuse issues, social justice issues,
    statistical and program information specific to The Women’s Centre, and issues
    related to the status of women and children in general.
  • Adheres to anti-racism, anti-oppression, and feminist practices.
  • Participates in the evaluation of services, as required
  • Provides and accept constructive feedback on work-related issues
  • Assists with on the job training of new staff, placement students and volunteers.
  • Deals effectively with job-related stress including assessing personal need for time off
    and/or professional development.
  • Reports child abuse in accordance with Child and Family Services Act and Women's
    Centre procedures and is available for follow-up supportive counselling.
  • Performs other duties as authorized and/or requested by the Program Manager.


  • Primary work place is located within the outreach office.
  • Significant potential for isolation and/ or working alone with clients.
  • Required to maintain a secure physical environment utilizing available security
  • Required to operate household and office equipment


  • A masters of Social Work or related field is required.
  • Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation or related field with the governing
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience providing psychotherapy and evidence based
    treatment and interventions.
  • Sound theoretical knowledge of individual and group counseling, assessment and
    treatment of abused women and trauma survivors.
  • Possesses knowledge and awareness of partner abuse, the dynamics of violence and
    abuse, and knowledge of challenges faced by victims of domestic violence.
  • Demonstrates active listening skills and has the ability to respond appropriately
    when interacting with individuals or groups.
  • Possesses knowledge and integration of feminist perspective on the political and
    social issues surrounding women`s issues, mental health, addictions, and violence
    against women.
  • Possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills to communicate
    effectively with all service users and co-workers through various tools and
  • Takes the initiative to responds effectively to changes in direction and priorities.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office, and familiarity with database programs


  • Must have and must maintain professional designation.
  • Must be able to flex working hours
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends
  • Must have a valid First Aid/ CPR certification
  • Must have a Valid Vulnerable Sector Screen Report
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have a licensed motor vehicle with valid insurance

Rate of pay $ 29.33 per hour.
Hours for this position are scheduled by the Management.

Persons interested in applying for this position may do so in writing by sending your cover
letter and resume via email to Paula Carnakie: ASAP.

This is a Classification IV position within the LiUNA Local 3000 of The Women's Centre Grey
Bruce Inc. Collective Agreement