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Job Number:  42292
Clinical Therapist
Job Posted: Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Closing Date: Friday, 23 March 2018
(in 6 days)
DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
Region: Vancouver & Lower Mainland Type: Part time
Location: Surrey Salary: (not entered)

Job Number:                       1833

Job Title:                              Clinical Therapist

Position Type:                    Part Time

Hours per week:                25 hours per week  

Start Date:                           April 1, 2018

Reports to:                          Manager of Counselling Services


DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a unionized not-for-profit agency, established in 1978. We build and strengthen diverse communities by delivering the broadest range of services that embrace cultural inclusiveness and that celebrate the strengths found in our differences. We value respect, care, resiliency, diversity, leadership at all levels, innovation and trust. The Society employs an estimated 180 staff; 160 contracted interpreters and translators; and 200 volunteers who collaboratively deliver programs and services to support the successful settlement and integration of new immigrants and refugees into the communities of Surrey, North Delta, White Rock and Langley. Please visit www.dcrs.ca.


We are currently recruiting for the role of Clinical Therapist to join our team in Surrey, BC.  The Clinical Therapist will provide professional client care to refugee children (ages 0 – 6) and their parents, who are at risk due to post-traumatic stress, trauma, complex medical/social factors or caregiver stress.  Professional care will be facilitated from a culturally agile, trauma informed perspective and may include individual or group support, attachment based counselling and interdisciplinary team case conferencing with relevant professionals including, but not limited to, the First Steps team, infant and child development.  The Clinical Therapist will provide parenting materials, deliver workshops and link clients to long-term counselling programs as needed. 


The key areas of responsibility are:

  • Provide trauma informed therapeutic service to refugee families and their children (0-6 years) by screening, prioritizing and processing referrals, conducting comprehensive assessments, implementing therapeutic interventions, developing follow-up support plans, and consulting with ancillary community agencies / services / partners;
  • Contributes to the creation and development of service delivery plans through observation and recommendations for service and approaches that encompass best practices from trauma, attachment, and child development perspectives. Trains and coaches staff on using these approaches;
  • Provide treatment modalities that focus on understanding the impacts of trauma CBT, DBT, IPT and others such as:  play therapy, attachment, family therapy, and group therapy;
  • Provide outreach services as needed, rapid crisis response therapy with the intent to bridge to appropriate community services; participate in program intake and group work, as required;
  • Provide parenting and/or group workshops on relevant mental health topics in the Canadian context including culturally relevant, trauma informed parenting and early childhood development;
  • Provide counselling/cultural brokerage services to clients and relevant families or caregivers;
  • Works collaboratively with the Family Services Counselling team on the identification and resolution of client/family mental health issues, trauma informed best practices, cultural agility, ethical dilemmas, concerns regarding services, and coordination and integration of care;
  • Participate in service, inter-disciplinary case conferences and team meetings, as required by the project, and collegially share information, and demonstrate and/or provides guidance on clinical/health related tasks;
  • Maintain a high standard of practice and develop professional competence through in-service and other educational means, as required by the employer;
  • Promotes awareness of trauma in settlement and integration, ECD, parenting, and services to refugee families with young children;
  • Coordinates a parenting program, conducts information sessions, workshops, and seminars for parents and/or service providers on mental health issues relevant to traumatized, isolated refugee families with children 0-6;
  • Collects information related to the barriers faced by clients in accessing services and makes recommendations on how to address service gaps;
  • Works as an integral member of the First Steps team and the agency;
  • Prepares program reports and collects stats on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis;
  • Keeps informed of new developments in the field of trauma, attachment, ECD, settlement / integration, and parenting;
  • Keeps informed of new trends on refugees and services available;
  • Attends program planning, review meetings, monthly team meetings, all staff meetings, and community meetings as required;
  • Participate in, and ensure compliance with, PQI processes and standards as determined by the agency;
  • Assist with the monitoring, development and implementation of quality assurance and risk management measures;
  • Adhere to the Policies and Procedures, and Personnel Policies, Procedures and Practices of the Society;
  • Participates in their own and assists with others annual performance appraisals with the Manager of Children’s Programs;
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Social Work or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Minimum of five (5) years recent related experience;
  • Experience working with children (ages 0-6) and families in a clinical setting;
  • Knowledge and/or experience working with trauma survivors;
  • Training and/or experience in ECD focused therapy, play therapy, or attachment-based therapy;
  • Additional training and/or experience in facilitating parenting programs, early childhood programs or community-based programs;
  • Exceptional written and spoken English language communication skills;
  • Second language preferred.  Preference will be given to Arabic speakers but languages such as: Farsi, French, Hindi, Nepalese, Karen languages, or any of the African languages would be considered an asset;
  • Understanding of refugee settlement and integration issues, parenting and early childhood development;
  • Knowledge of outcome measurement processes and/or quality control procedures;
  • Knowledge of community agencies, services and resources in Surrey and surrounding areas;
  • Affiliation to a professional organization is required (i.e. BCACC);
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to independently and as part of a team;
  • Good knowledge of standard office equipment and software applications;
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license and use of personal vehicle;
  • Criminal record check required;
  • First Aid required.

 At DIVERSEcity, we are a community where everyone feels they belong and can achieve their goals. 


Qualified candidates may submit current resume and cover letter via email with “1833 – Clinical Therapist” in subject line attention: Vern Haubrich at .     


We thank everyone who applies; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

A Criminal Record Check is a requirement of Employment.

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If you are a self-motivated professional who enjoys working in a multi-cultural environment, we want to hear from you! Qualified candidates may submit current resume and cover letter via email with “1833 – Clinical Therapist” in subject line attention: Vern Haubrich at .
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DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society

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