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Job Number:  29215
Child & Youth Counsellor Advocate
Job Posted: Thursday, 25 August 2016
Closing Date: Friday, 28 October 2016
(in 5 days)
Interval House
Region: Toronto Metro area Type: Full time
Location: Toronto Salary: (not entered)


INTERVAL HOUSE has an available position for a:





Job Summary


The Child & Youth Counsellor/Advocate’s overall responsibility is to assist the children who seek shelter services to deal with the impact of violence on their lives by providing timely, relevant and responsive client services that are consistent with the mission and mandate of Interval House and appropriate to their needs.  


The Child & Youth Counsellor Advocate’s duties include:

  • Performing children’s admission, interviews with mothers and facilitating their settlement in the shelter;
  • Providing informal, individual and/or group, supportive crisis counselling to women and their children, for trauma recovery throughout their residency
  • Regularly assessing children’s needs and requirements and assisting mothers in developing and implementing a plan of action, safety plans and discharge
  • Implementing new group topics, identifying barriers to group participation and determining appropriate solutions
  • Providing a positive female role model for the children and a forum where they can observe positive female-male interactions
  • Challenging attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the perpetuation of violence and female-male stereo types and oppression
  • Facilitating conflict resolution
  • Providing mothers and children with information and resources regarding: daycare; school; formal counselling; supportive services; before and after school care; on recreational services and other issues relating to their child’s situation and facilitating access
  • Planning and facilitating women and family group recreational activities, in collaboration with other Child & Youth Counsellor/Advocate
  • Performing administrative duties

 Note: Some light physical activity is required eg. sanitization of toys and equipment, cleaning backyard, light lifting, climbing stairs etc.                                                                                                                                                            

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Relevant education and/or related experience in programs for child and youth
  • Experience in providing informal counselling and advocacy for child and youth
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of issues affecting women and children who have experienced abuse and resources to support them.
  • Skills and experience in program planning and implementation
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skills and experience
  • Demonstrated administrative experience
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build and foster reliable work relationships within a diverse work environment
  • Consistent ability to demonstrate professional behavior and respect for boundaries
  • Ability to manage conflicts
  • Demonstrated administrative skills in database and client case management
  • Observation of strict confidentiality
  • Capable of managing own emotional difficulties
  • Demonstrated skills in Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, Access and Power Point ability to use database and client case management
  • Must be flexible with workdays and/or hours


Good to Know:


We thank all applicants, but only applicants with the required qualifications and competencies will be contacted.


Must be legally eligible to work in Canada and must have a valid work permit that allows the candidate to fulfill the requirements of the role.


All successful applicants must undergo a police vulnerable sector check.


Interval demonstrates its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, respect in the workplace and does not condone any form of discrimination and workplace violence.

How to Apply:
Please mention you saw this posting on WorkInNonProfits.ca.
Please e-mail your resume in confidence to the address below, marking ‘Child & Youth Counsellor Advocate’ in the subject line.
Please include your resume in the body of your e-mail; attachments may not be opened.
Contact Details:
Sharlene Persaud
Interval House
131 Bloor Street
Toronto, ON, M5S 1R8

Tel: (416)924-1411
Fax: (416)928-9020
www:   www.intervalhouse.ca

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