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Job Number:  40439
165-17 Family Counsellor
Job Posted: Thursday, 14 December 2017
Closing Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018
(55 days ago)
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Full time
Location: Vancouver Salary: Competitive compensation (including pension)


Family Counsellor

Project Parent Burnaby/New Westminster

Internal / External Job Competition - #165-17

Since 1928, Family Services of Greater Vancouver has been creating brighter tomorrows for people and families in our community. Last year we supported more than 13,000 people to create possibilities for themselves through professional counselling, therapy, education, advocacy, planning, employment support, and other community services.


Job Summary

To provide counselling, parent-education and support to families and children (0- 12 years) referred by MCFD and to provide linkage between the family, the community, MCFD and other professional services.

This is a 35 hours a week position, preferred to work in a four day week. This position reports to the Program Manager of Project Parent Burnaby/New Westminster. The position is located at FSGV’s New Westminster office. Persons with a second language (i.e. Spanish, Farsi/Dari, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Position Profile/Key Responsibilities

Under the direction of the Program Manager, the Family Counsellor is responsible for:


Conduct assessments of the needs, dynamics and functioning of families.

  • Develop goals with the family, and redevelop those goals as
  • Develop and implement a counselling service, support and intervention plan in collaboration with the family and
  • Provide service in the family home or in the community as
  • Arrange integrated case meetings and participate in meetings in collaboration with the family.
  • Connect children and parents to the appropriate supports and
  • Advocate for the child and/or family, particularly in regard to housing, health, basic needs or schooling.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of services delivered to the child or
  • Observes interaction between parent and child in their home environment during key times of the day, e.g.: mornings, mealtimes, bedtime. Coaches, models and educates using various therapeutic parenting models and sycho education.
  • Provides information on child development, nutrition, safety, discipline, and home management.
  • Also addresses concrete needs dependant on family needs, as required.

Consultation, Referral and Education

  • Liaise as appropriate with other agencies/professionals for purposes of consultation, referral and advocacy, in order to ensure that clients receive comprehensive.
  • Testifies in court when required.

Case management/Record-Keeping

  • Maintain case records as part of client files, including a log of client sessions; the focus of each session; the approach/intervention utilized; the outcome of the session; and any plans as a result of the
  • Maintain accurate records of assessments, contacts, referrals and report to MCFD as required by
  • Maintain up-to-date case files in the agency information management
  • Maintain other elements of client files as necessary to the provision of services and case management.
  • Complete assessment and progress and closing reports for
  • Complete data collection for agency programs and agency accreditation and reporting needs.
  • Ensure that agency and accreditation standards are met in delivering services and maintaining

Professional Development

  • Remain up-to-date on: best practices for family preservation and reunification, child welfare, parenting and
  • Network with colleagues and other professionals in the


  • Complete administrative requirements i.e.
  • Attend staff/team meetings as required, and contribute to the development of knowledge and best practice in the
  • Participate in and be prepared for clinical

Required Competencies

·        Collaborative Communication

·        Personal Effectiveness

·        Personal Leadership

·        Commitment to Excellence


Job Specific Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  • Knowledge of child welfare policies and
  • An understanding of integrated case management/wrap around services
  • Working knowledge of different parenting strategies and the ability to share these strategies with
  • In-depth knowledge of child abuse
  • Excellent crisis intervention skills
  • Excellent verbal (including telephone and in-person) and written communication skills (including the ability to write assessment reports).
  • Ability to work with families who may present with multiple service needs related to poverty, addictions, violence, child abuse or neglect, attachment and mental health issues who are from diverse cultures and
  • Competence in a window PC environment including MS WORD and

Education/ Training / Experience

  • Family counsellors will have a minimum of a Masters degree in a social science (e.g. MSW/MA/MEd in counselling psychology) and/or an equivalent combination of education and
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working with children ages 0 - 12 years

Other Requirements

  • Vehicle required
  • Ability to work evenings
  • Ability to pass a criminal record

Why Work Here?

·        Friendly Work Environment

·        Flexible Working Hours

·        Support the Local Community

·        Rewarding Experience


To apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:



Please also reference the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email


Work Hours:                  35 hours per week (preferred to be done over 4 days)

Salary:                              Competitive compensation (including pension)

Location:                        3rd Floor – 321 Sixth Street, New Westminster, BC V3L 3A7

Start Date:                     February, 2018

Closing Date:                 This position will remain posted until the role is filled


Only those short-listed for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls please.


Family Services is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.

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To apply
Please submit your resume and cover letter outlining your interest and relevant experience to:
Contact Details:
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www:   www.fsgv.ca

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