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Gillian's Place- Relief Counsellor

Gillain's Place
Relief Counsellor

Career Opportunity
Position: Relief Counsellor
Number of Hours: Hours will vary – must be available for day, afternoon, and overnight shifts
Must be available to work a minimum of three shifts per month

In this position, you will be responsible for filling in vacancies within the Counselling department
and responding to day-to day needs of the shelter, its residents, and the support line. Reporting
to the Manager of Counselling Services, a Relief Counsellor will have a mix of duties including:
• Providing crisis intervention, safety planning and community referrals for outreach and
residential clients
• Responding to crisis calls and determining eligibility for entry into the shelter
• Assisting clients with options, resources, and support
• Facilitating communal living and services within shelter
• Ensuring accurate and professional data collection, documentation, and reporting
• Maintaining an active knowledge of community service providers and collaborate as required
Skills and Qualifications required
• University degree in Social Work/related field or equivalent experience
• Extensive knowledge of gendered based violence issues and counselling skills
• Strong understanding of a harm reduction framework
• Ability to support women with varying levels of addiction and mental wellness
• A high degree of honesty, integrity, discretion, and confidentiality is required
• Ability to handle a crisis, work in a team, carry out independent decision-making, and handle
several tasks simultaneously
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and computer proficiency

All interested applicants should apply by emailing Linda Bowden at:

Please be advised we only contact applicants who are selected for an interview. Gillian’s Place is
an equal opportunity employer that encourages people of colour, First Nations/Aboriginal
individuals, newcomers and immigrants, members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, people of all
abilities, and members of other underrepresented communities to apply