PLEA Community Services is currently seeking a Temporary Full-Time Registered Clinical Counsellor for our Clinical Counselling team. The proposed start date for this position is as soon as possible and it will end upon return of the incumbent. The term contract is estimated to be 16 months in duration. This position requires BCGEU membership.
Our Clinical Counselling team provides clinical counselling after assessing clients' social, psychological, emotional and/or behavioral issues and develops therapeutic programs and interventions.
Please submit a resume and cover letter referencing the competition number 2021128RCC1.R. If the position is not filled internally, it will remain open until filled.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develops strong collaborative relationships with clients, families, and Family Caregivers to encourage their active participation in clinical counselling services and supports.
- Identifies and assesses client's needs in conjunction with Family Caregivers, agency staff, professionals, and members of the care team. Assesses the social, psychological, emotional and/or behavioral challenges facing clients. Identifies core areas of concern to be addresses by clinical counselling.
- Develops and implements therapeutic approaches and interventions to support clients in positive, sustainable behavioral change, growth and development. Provides a variety of counselling interventions in accordance with the program's policies and procedures.
- Participates in the planning processes as part of a care team supporting the client. Provides consultation to care team as required. Advises other professionals involved with client's care where further evaluation or more intensive treatment is required.
- Provides conflict-resolution support and strategies for clients as-needed. Responds to critical incidents, implements crisis intervention strategies, and informs the care team as needed.
- Maintains knowledge of community resources and provides appropriate referrals to clients to meet their needs.
- Provides required reports on clients' behaviour and progress. Maintains clinical records in accordance with the program's policies and procedures.
- Adheres to ethical principles and standards pf practice in the counselling profession. Protects and upholds confidentiality.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to promote behavioural changes through a variety of counselling approaches and interventions, including with clients who may be reluctant to engage.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to build trusting and effective relationships with clientele, agency staff, professionals, Family Caregivers, and families.
- Demonstrated skills in working with families in crisis and facilitating individual, family and group counselling.
- Excellent conflict management and problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, take initiative, make sound decisions in high pressure situations and be accountable for results.
- Demonstrate organizational and time management skills, including the ability to multi-task and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to prepare accurate and comprehensive clinical reports.
- Demonstrated ability to be sensitive and understanding of individuals’ social realities including issues of race, culture, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, poverty and lifestyle.
- Demonstrated knowledge of counselling issues and trends.
Education and Knowledge
- Master's degree in counselling, counselling psychology, psychology, social work or a related field.
- Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation from the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, database systems and web-based conferencing tools.
Training and Experience
- One (1) or more years of recent related experience in providing counselling services to individuals and families.
- Satisfactory Criminal Record Clearance.
- Satisfactory Centralized Services Hub screening by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- Must possess a valid Occupational First Aid Level 1 Certificate or be willing to obtain one prior to hiring.
- Use of Personal Vehicle. This position requires travel in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
- A valid B.C. Driver's License (Class 5 or Class 7), and suitable driver's abstract.
- The usual hours of work in this position are based on a Tuesday to Saturday flextime scheduling arrangement, including one (1) evening, of 35 working hours per week.
- Documentation that the applicant is legally approved to work in Canada.
- As a Public Service employer and to meet our funding obligations, PLEA requires successful applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date.
Note: PLEA conducts primary source verification of applicant's credentials including education, training, work history, and licensure.
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.