POSITION TITLE: Counselling Therapist
PROGRAM: Family Support & Suicide Bereavement Program
JOB STATUS: Permanent
HOURS OF WORK: 35 hours per week
JOB SUMMARY: The Counselling Therapist will assist in providing: Counselling and group support to those experiencing grief and loss due to suicide, knowledge and experience in the area of trauma informed work, mental health conditions and addictions; consultation with team counsellors; and liaison with other professionals, and facilitation of group process in areas of prevention, intervention, and follow-up care.
CLIENT SERVICE RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide group counselling to clients experiencing grief due to a suicide, including assessment and appropriate referral as needed and/or group counselling for clients experiencing challenges with respect to a loved one/significant person experiencing a mental health condition, experiencing trauma or addictions.
- Design, organize and facilitate group sessions for clients.
- Compile statistics, develop reports, monitor budgets, and present this information to both the agency and funding sources.
- Ongoing research on areas relevant to recovery framework with respect to suicide supports, trauma informed work, and mental health conditions and addictions to provide on-going program evaluation.
- Represent CMHA on appropriate committees as required.
- To be a resource to the community in the area of suicide prevention, suicide intervention, suicide bereavement, mental illness, and information and referral services.
- Assist in the planning and coordination of Survivors of Suicide Day.
- Provide educational presentations in the areas of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- Responsible for the recruiting, interviewing, selecting, training and supervising of suitable volunteers/peers.
- Provide ongoing research on areas relevant to recovery framework with respect to suicide supports, trauma informed work, and mental health conditions and addictions.
- To be a resource to the community in the area of suicide prevention, suicide intervention, suicide bereavement, and information and referral services.
- To assist in the planning and coordination of Survivors of Suicide Day.
- Ensure the ongoing documentation and recording of client, volunteer, peer, and program information.
TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES & PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES
- Work collaboratively with team members in Suicide Bereavement and Family Support Program.
- Must be able to work some evenings.
- Effective conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Approachable, accessible and facilitates cooperation.
- A willingness to think outside the box approach to counselling.
- Able to engage in active listening and provide/accept constructive feedback.
- Recognizes and adheres to professional boundaries.
- Adhere to the definition and guiding principles of the Team Model.
- Promote the principles of diversity and equity in all work related duties, wherever applicable.
- Is able to represent self and the agency in a professional manner.
- Works effectively in a team environment.
- You have over two (2) years of experience working in the mental health field and have a deep commitment to and understanding of the recovery model.
- Minimum Masters level education in Social Work, Psychology, or related field.
- A minimum of two (2) years of counselling experience in dealing with suicide/grief and loss related issues, trauma informed care (PTSD), concurrent disorders and mental health conditions, substance abuse or addictions.
- Certification/registration with appropriate professional body is required.
- ASIST training.
- Knowledge and experience of bereavement process specific to suicide.
- EMDR, CBT/DBT trained in delivering these counselling techniques would be an asset.
- Current CPR and First Aid certifications.
- Individual, couples, family, and group counselling/presentation facilitation an asset.
- Some evening/weekend work required.
- You demonstrate deep respect not only for clients but for the teams you support, your peers and community partners.
- Experience in crisis intervention, management and psychological first aid – an asset.
- Prior experience in coaching, mentoring and motivating employees, advocate for peer support, and volunteer supervision is an asset.
- Advanced knowledge of MS Office along with Penelope Software is an asset.
This job requires a mix of sitting, standing and moving, with a balance between computer-based work and verbal communication. The candidate may be required to balance priorities between different stakeholders.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be a thorough list of all responsibilities, tasks, duties, knowledge, skills, and abilities required.