Counsellor
PLEA Community Services Society of BC Coquitlam, BC $30.66 - $35.75 per hour / 16 Para Professional (BCGEU General Services Collective Agreement)
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PLEA Community Services is currently seeking a Regular Full-Time Counsellor for our Tri-Cities Programs. The proposed start date is as soon as possible. This position requires union membership.

Tri-Cities is our community based intensive counseling services that are provided to youth and their families/caregivers who are referred by the MCFD. The incumbent is responsible for working with them on an outreach basis to develop and implement an individualized and comprehensive plan to develop their strengths, improve their functioning, and establish effective systems using specific interventions that integrate behavioral strategies with a systems perspective. The goal of all counseling services is to reduce the multiple risk factors known to contribute to antisocial behavior and out-of-home placements and strengthen family relationships and their connections to community supports and services.

Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number (24FIC111618). Closing date for Internal Applications: Friday, November 23rd at 4:30 pm. If the position is not filled internally it will remain open until filled.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Develops strong collaborative relationships with individuals, families, and caregivers to encourage their active participation in developing goals that address their concerns, and are sensitive to their cultural values and socioeconomic.
  2. Provides clinical services that include: ongoing assessment of individual and/or family/caregiver functioning, relational systems, and environmental constraints and resources. Develops and implements therapeutic approaches and interventions 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Provides an array of counseling interventions including individual, family, systems, group, and psycho-educational approaches.
  5. Participates in collaborative practice and planning processes as part of a care team or team of professionals supporting the client. Provides consultative support to care team and/or collaborating professionals on an as-needed basis.
  6. Develops collaborative relationships as needed with cultural and faith groups in the community to learn how to adapt services and resources so that they are sensitive to their beliefs and needs.
  7. Provides conflict-resolution support and strategies for clients in their relational systems as-needed.
  8. 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.
  9. Establishes strong connections to the community, including maintaining close working relationships with all formal and informal services providers.
  10. Maintains necessary participant and program reports and statistics. Ensures that all records, reports, files and documentation pertaining to service delivery are accurate, complete and in compliance with PLEA's policies and procedures.
  11. Adheres to all ethical principles and standards of practice in the counseling profession as it pertains to informed consent and confidentiality.
  12. Adheres to all policies and procedures established by PLEA, and meets the performance expectations of the position in a manner that demonstrates compassion and respect for all persons served. Exercises the responsibilities of the position in a manner consistent with the philosophical approach and mandate of the program.
  13. Performs other related duties as required.

Job Skills and Abilities

  1. Excellent interpersonal communications, counseling, and conflict management skills, including the demonstrated ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive reports.
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop supportive relationships with clients who may be reluctant to engage, and to be sensitive and understanding of their social realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic and lifestyle.
  3. Strong foundation in multi-systemic, strengths-based and functional approaches to working with families, youth, adults, and communities.
  4. Demonstrated ability to promote behavioral changes through strategic and structural family and individual therapies from an eclectic and multi-modal perspective.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency in facilitating others' growth using multi-modal approaches and the ability to work collaboratively with youth, adults, families, and caregivers as well as other service providers in the community.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop strong collaborative relationships, work effectively as part of a team, use good judgment, manage conflicts constructively, work with a high degree of independence, and be accountable for results.
  7. Excellent organizational, time and general management skills.
  8. Sound, eclectic knowledge of counseling theory and approaches, principles, standards, ethics and best practices with respect to providing counseling services to youth who are high risk and have complex needs, and their families and/or caregivers.
  9. Good understanding of relevant Criminal Justice Legislation and policies, the role of Youth Court, Child Welfare Legislation and policies including the Child, Family, and Community Service Act; and applicable government legislation, regulations, and accreditation standards.

Qualifications

  1. A Master's level university degree in counseling, psychology, social work or a related discipline is preferred. A university degree plus one years' relevant experience is considered comparable.
  2. Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation from the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors is preferred. Individuals in the process of obtaining their designation will be considered.
  3. Two (2) years recent experience working directly with youth who are deemed to be high risk, and their families/caregivers.
  4. At least one (1) year providing both individual and family counseling with regular and ongoing clinical supervision.
  5. Demonstrated skills in working with families in crisis, providing individual and group counseling, and conflict management.
  6. Demonstrated ability to organize and facilitate groups designed to provide counseling services and therapeutic interventions to a wide variety of participants.
  7. Experience in the community social services sector with demonstrated working knowledge of community-based programs and specialized services.
  8. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, and familiarity with databases programs.

Requirements

  1. Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
  2. Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hire.
  3. Use of Personal Vehicle. This position requires travel in the Tri-Cities area.
  4. A valid B.C. driver's license and a suitable driver's abstract.
  5. Flexible hours outside of normal working hours and/or hours of work includes days, evenings, weekends on a rotational schedule as directed based on working 35 hours a week.
  6. Documentation that the applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.

NOTE: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history, and licensure. 

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