Durham Rape Crisis Centre (DRCC) is a non-profit feminist organization that believes in the equality of all regardless of race, class, sexual orientation, or gender. We work with and provide crisis support services, counselling (individual and group), advocacy, accompaniment, and support services for survivors of sexual violence and their families/support people.
Our team is growing, and we are seeking a highly skilled counsellor to join us in our commitment to taking an active role in our community to end sexual violence. If you are passionate about ending sexual violence, this is the opportunity for you!
As a counsellor, you will:
Provide trauma-informed individual and/or group counselling to survivors of sexual violence in the Durham Region including developing and implementing individualized counselling plans.
Provide advocacy, accommodation and support, including referrals to community services.
Conduct relevant program administration and client case files in accordance with the policies and procedures of the organization, including tracking of service statistics.
Oversee the process of intakes, referrals, waitlist management and the assignment of caseloads for individual and group programs.
Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, peer support, and clinical supervision.
Participate in Public Education and training sessions, along with community outreach and consultation with community agencies, as required.
Support our crisis line through backup shifts, as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & SKILL SETS
We are looking for:
Post-secondary degree/diploma in social work or related field and/or related equivalent experience. Preference will be given for candidates with a master’s degree in social work, counselling, psychology, mental health or a related field, or a university degree in social science and/or social work or a health discipline with equivalent work experience.
Membership (in good standing) or eligibility to register with a professional regulatory body (i.e., OCSWSSW or CRPO) an asset.
Minimum of 3 years’ direct service experience preferred; Specific experience working/volunteering with survivors of sexual violence considered an asset.
Well-developed skills in areas such as communication, documentation, organization, teamwork, confidentiality, ethics, analysis, critical thinking, time management, and vicarious trauma.
A theoretical and practical knowledge about sexual and gender-based violence including recent sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, human trafficking, rape culture, etc.
Ability to demonstrate and practice from an Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive and intersectional perspective and establish effective working relationships with diverse populations and community agencies, including excellent communication, mediation, and negotiating skills.
Proven leadership skills in direct intervention, planning and coordination.
Experience and/or familiarity with using a Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma Recovery.
Experience using a feminist approach to counselling, Trauma-Informed CBT, ACT, DBT, Narrative Therapy, Stress-Management, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, MBSR, Self-Compassion, Expressive Arts, Equine Assisted Therapy, Sensory Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and EMDR certification are an asset.
Ability to fluently speak French and/or another language also considered an asset.
If you do not fit all these qualifications, but are still interested and passionate about our cause, please feel free to submit your application. We recognize that lived experience and other combinations of volunteer/work/background and education may be suitable.
Employment and Working Conditions:
Full-time contract of 40 hours/week, Monday – Friday based on agency need with lieu hours/overtime, including evenings and weekends, as required.
Interacts with client, agency, community, and government stakeholders under within a variety of circumstances, some of which may be crisis or stressful situations.
Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening required.
DRCC AS AN EMPLOYER
We are Proud of:
Staff receive paid self-care hours weekly – we prioritize wellbeing.
Additional paid floating stat days.
Remote working environment, with on-site work, as required.
We highly value the development of our staff and provide clinical supervision and ongoing provision of professional development and training opportunities.
We are a dynamic, passionate, and collaborative team!
DRCC is a proud recipient of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General’s 2021-2022 Victim Services Awards of Distinction.
As an employer, DRCC is dedicated to building an organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and the communities we serve. We promote equity, diversity, inclusivity, anti-racism, and anti-oppression to provide equal opportunity and full inclusion for all candidates. We encourage individuals from Indigenous, Francophone, Immigrant and Refugee, Black, Women of Colour, LGBTQIA2+ communities, people with Dis/abilities, and all equity seeking groups to apply.
DRCC will make reasonable accommodations to enable all applicants to participate in the recruitment process. If you require any accommodation, please let us know.
If you are interested in joining our team and making an impact in the community, please send your cover letter and resume to Rochelle Johnson, Manager of Counselling Services at and copy Gemma Broderick, Executive Director at as soon as possible. We thank all candidates for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
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