Job Posting 75163

Project Parent Indigenous Family Counsellor
Family Services of Greater Vancouver
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver
closes in 4 days (Fri, 1 Oct)
full time  •  $2,114.70 gross bi-weekly with a competitive benefits & pension

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Indigenous Family Counsellor

Job Title Competition #83-21

 

DO YOU WANT A MEANINGFUL CAREER, HELPING OTHERS? JOIN US!

 

ABOUT FAMILY SERVICES OF GREATER VANCOUVER (FSGV)

We are a community-based, not-for profit organization with approximately 80 social services programs and 420 employees across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. We provide counselling and other essential services to the most vulnerable people in our communities. For over 90 years, we’ve inspired and supported those who need help reaching their full potential. We work to ensure children are nurtured, youth find optimism, adults feel empowered, and parents make choices that build strong families.

 

Our values are:  • Innovation  • Integrity  • Diversity  • Optimism  • Excellence

 

We provide a supportive workplace for our staff and professional, effective services for our clients, including counselling, therapy, advocacy, education and community services.

 

Here’s what we can do together:

Working within the mission, vision, values and person-centred philosophy of the Agency, the Indigenous Family Counsellor provides services primarily to Indigenous families that promote healthier family functioning in relation to personal, family and community values while providing linkages to relevant community resources. This position provides a variety of parenting education, support and counselling to children and families referred by the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It actively supports the Agency’s awareness and goals around diversity and inclusion.

 

What you bring:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • In depth knowledge of child development and abuse dynamics
  • Knowledge of socio-historical events relevant to First Nations in Canada
  • Familiarity with traditional healing practices, customs, values and traditions of local First Nations
  • Knowledge of assessment and screening tools and modalities in determining suicide and violence risk and threat
  • Knowledge of child welfare policies and practices relevant to Indigenous Communities
  • A thorough knowledge of First Nations cultures, traditions and values
  • An understanding of integrated case management/wrap around services delivery
  • Working knowledge of different parenting strategies and the ability to share these strategies with families
  • Excellent crisis intervention skills
  • Excellent verbal (including telephone and in-person) and written communication skills (including the ability to write assessment and progress 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 backgrounds
  • Competent in a Windows PC environment, including MS Word, Excel, MS Team

Education, Training, Experience

  • Master's Degree in social science (MSW, MA/MEd in counselling psychology)
  • A minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience working with children ages 0-12 years, high risk families, and First Nations people and communities
  • Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Experience working from a trauma informed, culturally sensitive perspective
  • Experience working with families in an outreach capacity focusing on parenting issue

Professional Certification, License or Registration Requirements:

  • Registration in a professional association is considered an asset

Other Requirements

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

 

 

Your key contributions:

Counselling

  • Conduct assessments of the needs, dynamics and functioning of families
  • Develop goals with the family, and redevelop those goals as necessary
  • Develop and implement a counselling service, support and intervention plan in collaboration with the family and MCFD
  • Provide service in the family home, at the PPFS office or in the community as appropriate
  • Arrange integrated case meetings and participate in meetings in collaboration with the family
  • Connect children and parents to the appropriate supports and services
  • 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 family
  • Observe interaction between parent and child in their home environment during key times of the day, e.g.: mornings, mealtimes, bedtime; coach, model and educate using various therapeutic parenting models and psycho-education
  • Provide information on child development, nutrition, safety, discipline, and home management
  • Address concrete needs dependent on family needs, as required
  • Work to infuse cultural ceremony, tradition and customs into and around related duties where appropriate and as needed
  • Assess and documents systemic barriers and challenges identified as factors related to personal and parental functioning
  • Provide assessments and screenings as needed to address the possibility of suicide risk and mental health related issues
  • Provide referrals to external agencies and other culturally relevant resources
  • Share cultural knowledge and values with the Project Parent team and other professionals to bring a better understanding of Indigenous cultures responsibility

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 service
  • Testify 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 session
  • Maintain accurate records of assessments, contacts, referrals and report to MCFD as required by contract
  • Maintain up-to-date case files in the agency information management system
  • Maintain other elements of client files as necessary to the provision of services and case management
  • Complete assessment and progress and closing reports for MCFD
  • 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 records

 Administration

  • Report writing, file management, preparing for court and testifying in court
  • Participate in and be prepared for clinical supervision
  • Maintain case records as part of client files, including case notes; the focus of each session; the approach/intervention utilized; the outcome of the session; and any plans as a result of the session
  • Maintain accurate records of assessments, contacts, referrals and report to MCFD as required by contract; maintain up-to-date case files in the agency information management system
  • Maintain other elements of client files as necessary to the provision of services and case management, including filing documents in client file and Sohema on a timely basis
  • Complete time sheets on a weekly basis; complete weekly schedule
  • Complete assessment and progress and closing reports for MCFD
  • 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 records

 

What we offer you:

FSGV provides a comprehensive compensation package, with pension and generous extended health benefits for our regular staff. FSGV supports career development and training for staff to reach their potential, offering mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.

 

Work Hours: Full-time working 35 Hours per week

Salary: Pay Grade GS11 Step 1, $2,114.70 gross bi-weekly with a competitive benefits & pension package

Location: Work in the culturally diverse city of Surrey and its surrounding communities.

 

How to apply:

If this describes you, please submit your application to us through our website:

https://fsgv.ca/careers/?gnk=job&gni=8a78839e7b9d2606017bacd662817d04&gns=Work+In+Non+Profits 

 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest. We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the communities we so proudly serve, while encompassing the principles of equity, inclusion and diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, people of all gender expressions and sexual orientations including queer, trans, and two-spirit people. In our words and actions, we recognize the challenges for those facing inequalities, while acknowledging our privilege, as we continuously strive to remove bias and reduce barriers that individuals may experience in the hiring and job-seeking process. We invite feedback from all applicants who apply for roles with the Agency.

If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number #83-21 in email subject line) outlining your interest and relevant experience to your contact information to for follow-up. **if you are an internal candidate, please indicate “Internal Candidate” in the Comments section at the bottom of the online application**

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