Job Opportunity: Outreach Family Preservation Worker – Focus on Separation and Divorce
Available Opportunity: 1 Temporary, up to 28 hours/week (start date Feb 1, 2021- end date January 31, 2022 or return of incumbent)
Does This Sound Like You?
- You have a background in parent-education and family interventions
- You have strong knowledge of the Family Law Act
- You have experience with Child Therapy and/ or Play Therapy and Adult and Couple Therapy
- You have strong interest-based mediation and conflict resolution skills
- Passionate about supporting and counselling high-conflict and/or at-risk families?
- Like the thought of servicing diverse and complex clients and family situations in a unique and individualized manner?
- You have good personal and professional boundaries and time management skills?
- We are looking for a part-time temporary Outreach Family Preservation Worker with a focus on co-parent education support and strategy development in high-conflict situations in the Vancouver area.
- You will be working with many families involved in very complex Family Law situations around parenting after separation and/or divorce that include organizing parenting time and access.
- You will be promoting effective co-parenting, that may be affected by unclear, inconsistent and contentious parenting time and access arrangements as well as parenting styles in each individual home, children’s’ experience and witness of domestic violence, and relationships and domestic violence.
- You will be helping complex clients calibrate their boundaries regarding their perspective under challenging situations, while guiding them to manage high conflict situations between themselves and their co-parent.
What will you do?
- Conduct and complete detailed assessments and case plans for clients referred from multiple agency streams
- Provide interventions and brief therapeutic supports to individuals experiencing crisis and co-parenting dynamic.
- Assess, screen, refer and link individuals to internal and community immediate resources as needed (e.g. family justice centers, legal support resources, family support services etc.).
- Compile and gather collateral information
- Participate in integrative case management meetings as needed to determine outcomes for individuals referred to the WFC
- Consult with the Ministry for Children and Family development to co-ordinate and deliver services
- Communicate and coordinate relevant client information with WFC Staff across departments as necessary.
- Attend as-needed weekly meetings for the intake, transition and discharge of client services.
- Provide interventions and brief therapeutic supports to individuals experiencing crisis as needed
- Provide a quick response to urgent situations that arise for clients over evenings and weekends as needed.
What you bring to WFC:
- Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology; Marriage and Family Therapy or similar (i.e. Social Services, Family Justice Services, Social Work) with 3 years’ experience, BSW with 5 years’ experience preferred, or relevant BA with 5 years’ experience preferred
- Knowledge, training and experience in Child Therapy and / or Play Therapy, and Adult and Couple Therapy
- Hold an RPT (registered play therapist) designation considered an asset
- Hold an RCC, RSW, CCC designation considered an asset
- Must have thorough understanding of the Family Law Act, Best-Interest Mediation and Conflict Resolution
- Knowledge, training and experience in facilitating Children and Adult Groups
- Knowledge, training and experience in working with families who may present multiple service needs related to poverty, addictions, violence, child abuse or neglect, and mental health issues.
- Provide counselling in a variety of approaches that best fits client needs
- Valid Driver’s License with satisfactory driving record and use of own vehicle.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.
This role will place you in high conflict family situations that can be stressful and draining to an individual. Please review the critical skills below to ensure you are the right fit for this position:
- Strong self-care and communal care support/routine.
- Strong professional and personal time management skills
- Strong counselling, program planning, and communication skills.
- Strong correspondence and report writing skills
- An understanding of integrated case management.
- Computer and technology proficiency – MS Office, other web-based software systems
- Current Standard First Aid with CPR & AED Level C certificate or ability to obtain within the first 3 months of employment
- Current MANDT certificate
- Flexible in working from home or in the office (Please note that due to COVID-19, we are currently working under a hybrid model, doing some work from home, meeting with clients in the community and in the office).
- Bilingual or multilingual preferred.
Why choose us?
Be part of a grass roots community-based agency committed to developing and strengthening our community together. As a WFC employee, you will benefit from:
- Making a difference in your local community
- A chance to do meaningful work with a committed team of professionals
Westcoast Family Centres Society (WFCS) is a multi-service community-based non-profit organization delivering child-centered, evidence-based programs and services to children and families in the Lower Mainland. Our mission is to strengthen and develop healthy relationships between children, their families, and their communities. Our programs and services aim to address the unique and varied challenges faced by vulnerable families.
Joining the WFC team is an opportunity to be a part of a team where your skills and knowledge will make a positive impact in the lives of children and families.
How to Apply: Apply directly through our WFC website
Position is open to all gender identities. Applications must be legally eligible to work in Canada; only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.