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Job Number:  39433
Specialized Parenting Support Counsellor
Job Posted: Thursday, 2 November 2017
Closing Date: Friday, 17 November 2017
(67 days ago)
Westcoast Family Centres Society
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Contract - Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: Grid Level 14P, Step 1

Job Summary

Westcoast Family Centres Society (WFCS) Family TIES Services offers a Parenting Support Service for parents challenged by parenting after separation or divorce. Some of these cases presented involve complex Family Law Act (FLA) matters that include: organizing access (supervised and unsupervised) visits for Parenting Time and promoting effective co-parenting, concerns with parental alienation and disorganized attachment issues, children experience and witness of domestic violence, and individuals affected by intimate relationship and domestic violence.The counselor will be working closely with parents referred by a social worker from MCFD due to complex FLA matters and will be responsible for the transition and support for parents in the best interest of the child. 


This Service will provide:


An initial Intake Meeting to engage the Client in a review of the Application/Referral for Services, WFC Family TIES Terms and Agreement to Services, and other Forms.  The Service will also include a Clinical screening and assessment of service needs and goals, and an assignment of Staff to provide services.  The Intake Meeting, Clinical Screening and Assessment, and Case Assignment is provided by a qualified and experienced and Clinical Director/Supervisor.  This individual will also review and asses the progress of the Services towards the meeting of services needs and goals.


The Staff Assigned could involve:


  • Provide Supervised Access Visits or Therapeutic Supervised Access Visits to support child(ren) and parent contact towards promotion of relationship-building and attachment.
  • Work with the parent(s) regarding gaining information, education, skills, and strategies to co-parent effectively after separation or divorce;
  • Link the parent(s) to education and support group programs that will further support the parent of children after separation or divorce. 
  • Offer interconnected couples’ and individual counselling (from a child-best interest perspective) that will support the development of a co-parenting plan and agreement to best parent the child(ren).
  • Offer links to attachment-promoting therapeutic services to support the individual parent in promoting their attachment to their child(ren) while ensuring that the other parent’s attachment with the child(ren) are not impacted.
  • Documentation of a Service Plan to document the services discussed above and Comprehensive Report(s) on the progress of the parents towards parenting effectively after separation and divorce, and the emotion, physical, and spiritual well-being of the child(ren).
  • Provide assessment of family and/or child functioning and needs.
  • Provide time limited interventions with a standard length of service appropriate to each program model
  • Plans for timely resolution of the presenting problems or crises within the projected timeframe
  • Develop and implement a counselling, support and intervention plan in collaboration with the family and their ICM team
  • Work in a collaborative form with MCFD and other community partners to serve in the best interest of the Child;  support the client, particularly in regard to housing, health, basic needs or schooling.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services delivered to the child, youth or family.
  • Maintains timely records of assessments, contacts, logs referrals and MCFD reports..
  • Participate in committees and agency initiatives to contribute to the development of agency services/program delivery.
  • To work collaboratively as a team with management, team leaders and other WFC Peers in delivery of services according to the agency mission and values.
  • Provide information on our program/our policies/ and define responsibilities (ours and theirs) throughout a client’s involvement with the program (prior, at intake, during process)
  • Respect client’s rights to accept or decline our services, inform them of the consequences of declining our services.
  • Assist in making recommendations to other resources if possible when service is declined or when other services are needed by the clients while in our program.
  • Other duties as required.


 Knowledge, training, experience, and skills of the Family Counsellor include:


  • Family Law Mediation, and/or Best-Interest Mediation.
  • Child Therapy and/or Play Therapy
  • Children and Adult Groups Facilitation
  • Providing services to address intimate relationship and domestic violence.
  • Support to address intimate relationship and domestic violence, and children affected by intimate relationship and domestic violence.
  • Writing Service Plans and Comprehensive Reports on Service delivery and engagement, respectively, for Clients/Customers of Service.
  • Integrative Case Management (working with other professionals involve with the parents, and facilitating case conferences, as needed).
  • Liaising of Client/Customers to Services.



  • Relevant Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology; Marriage and Family Therapy; and/or Social Services/or Family Justice Services with 3 years experience, or relevant BA with 5 years experience preferred
  • Knowledge of Computer operating systems, ie. Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Publisher
  • An understanding of integrated case management/wrap around service delivery; knowledge of the Family Law Act is an asset 
  • Experience working with families who may present multiple service needs related to poverty, addictions, violence, child abuse or neglect, and mental health issues.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Current First Aid and Class Five Driver’s License.
  • Clear Criminal Record Check and Driver’s abstract


 Working Conditions

  • Vehicle required for this position
  • Work evenings and weekends when required
  • Working in multiple sites when needed
  • Attend mandatory agency day training/presentations
  • Union membership is required for this position

 Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Applications must be legally eligible to work in Canada.               



Start Date:                    As soon as possible

Position Type:              Temporary Vacancy, 35 hours per week

Timeline:                       Until March 31, 2018

Reports to:                   Director of Practice and Risk Management

Location:                       Vancouver

Union:                            This is a union position

Benefits:                        Casual benefits (MSP, EHC, Dental, Gr Life, AD&D)

Salary:                           Grid Level 14P, Step 1        

Posting Date:               November 2, 2017


How to Apply:
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Subject Heading: Specialized Parenting Support Counsellor
Contact Details:
Kam Gillis
Westcoast Family Centres
2780 E Broadway
Vancouver, BC, V5M 1Y8

Tel: 6042545457
www:   www.westcoastfamily.org

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