Counselor

Organization NameJob CategoriesPosition TypeRegion and Location(s)Career LevelSalaryAd Online SinceApplication Deadline
Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
  • Counselor: Individual
Contract - Full Time
  • Ontario - Ottawa Area - Ottawa
Experienced (Non-manager)N/A2019-09-062019-09-22

Counsellor

37.5 hours/week: $24.56 per hour
Contract position: 15 months

About Us:

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) is a feminist, non-profit, charitable organization that provides crisis response, counselling, advocacy, and accompaniment to survivors of sexual violence in all its forms. ORCC also provides public education, organizational training, and public policy input on issues of sexual violence. We support cis and trans women, trans men, two-spirit and gender non-conforming survivors aged 16 and over. We have served survivors in our community since our inception in 1974, as the third Rape Crisis Centre in Canada. To learn more about our work, please visit our website at www.orcc.net.

General Description

ORCC’s counsellors provide feminist counselling to survivors of sexual violence and their support people. Under the direction of the Executive Director (ED) and the Counselling Coordinator, the primary responsibilities of the role are to ensure the delivery of short- and long-term individual counselling as well as group counselling services within the framework of the Centre's policies and guidelines. The successful applicant will be a compassionate feminist working from an intersectional framework with a demonstrated counselling background.

Key Responsibilities

Counselling:

  • Provide individual counselling including short-term and long-term counselling. Counsellors are required to be available for one or more evening clients per year
  • Provide two closed-groups per year & 2 workshops per year. One group must be an evening group
  • Provide accompaniment and/or advocacy as needed to clients who are engaged with the legal, medical, public assistance or other systems
  • Provide information and appropriate referrals to clients as required
  • Develop and maintain records in a timely manner
  • Maintain appropriate caseload based as per ‘counselling caseload policy’

Supervision:

  • Seek and contribute to peer supervision through bi-weekly counselling meetings case conferences and other methods, as co-ordinated by the Counselling Coordinator
  • Engage in monthly supervision consultation with the Counselling Coordinator and the Clinical Supervisor
  • Participate in annual performance appraisal and developing individual work-plans

Administration:

  • Respond promptly to any job-related correspondence received via phone, in-person and/or email
  • Maintain all appropriate records related to the performance of the job including monthly statistics form

Counselling Team:

  • Participate as a member of the counselling team, attend counselling meetings
  • Provide input to Counselling Coordinator on the development of the counselling team work plan
  • Provide ongoing support for other ORCC programs, including but not limited to, participation in community events and attending volunteer or training meetings as required
  • Undertake special projects or tasks from time to time as requested by Counselling Coordinator
  • Be available to supervise placement students in the counselling program once per year

Professional Development:

  • Maintain current awareness of new literature/developments in the field of sexual violence through workshops, conferences and other forms of professional development.
  • Be proactive in ensuring a healthy level of self-care (using Centre policies, clinical supervision, and maintaining healthy coping skills)
  • Demonstrate an active commitment to anti-racist/anti-oppression, organizational and social change

Centre Support:

  • Participate in Centre staff meetings and perform additional tasks that contribute to the healthy functioning of the Centre (i.e. chores, sit on Centre committees)
  • Participate in the decision-making processes of the organization by attending Board meetings once a year and Committee meetings as assigned, and provide input to program and/or policy documents
  • Promote & contribute to a positive, enjoyable, feminist environment for co-workers and clients
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Counselling Coordinator and the Executive Director

Qualifications

  • Formal education in counselling or equivalent education/experience
  • Three or more years of experience with long-term, short-term and group counselling
  • Counselling experience with issues of sexual violence
  • Feminist perspective
  • Working knowledge of word processing and the internet
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills
  • Languages other than French and English are an asset

Please include a covering letter expressing your suitability for the position and a minimum one page summary of your analysis of sexual violence against marginalized demographics.

ORCC is an equal opportunity employer and we pride ourselves on being inclusive and meeting our obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. If any job candidate requires an accommodation in order to participate in this recruitment process, please feel free to indicate your needs via a separate uploaded document.​

Start date: as soon as possible.

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