Position: Permanent Full-Time Child and Family Therapist
Location: Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge
Hours of Work: 35 hours per week
Start Date: March 23, 2015
Pay Rate: $27.55 and benefits as outlined in the CAW Local 302 Collective Agreement.
Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region provides emergency shelter to women and children escaping abusive relationships. We operate 2 shelters: Anselma House in Kitchener and Haven House in Cambridge. Our facilities operate on a 24/7 basis. We believe every woman and child deserves to live a life free from violence.
- Conduct initial clinical assessments with each woman upon admission to the shelter and her children, and assist with immediate clinical crisis intervention as needed. On an ongoing basis, engage clients in appropriate and meaningful clinical intervention in order to facilitate effective therapeutic change, adhering to the principles of solid professional practice.
- Provide individual and group structured therapeutic interventions to children who have been exposed to trauma such as domestic violence, emotional, physical and/or sexual abuse.
- Research, develop, implement, and facilitate therapeutic groups according to the needs and ages of the children.
- Provide clinical intervention for women and children either residing at one of the shelters.
- Bridge the service gap by providing interim therapeutic counseling until long term counseling becomes available
Required Skills and Qualifications
- Related Masters Degree (i.e. Social work, Child Psychology, Counseling) from a University of recognized standing.
- Several years of relevant and direct experience in providing assessment and therapy to children and women who have experienced various disorders and who have witnessed/experienced domestic violence, in the opinion of Women’s Crisis Services management.
- Member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario or applicable professional association.
- Several years of relevant and direct experience in providing assessment and therapy to children and women who have experienced various disorders and who have witnessed/experienced domestic violence, in the opinion of WCSWR
- Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Registered Social Workers or relevant professional association preferred
- Demonstrated working knowledge of the DSM current edition
- Strong knowledge and understanding of violence against women and their children
- Strong clinical assessment experience a must
- Thorough knowledge of the developmental needs (intellectual, emotional, physical, social) of children and adolescents. Extensive knowledge of child development, and the effects upon children who have been exposed to domestic violence
- Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of woman abuse and child abuse, child trauma, child development, parenting, dating violence and crisis intervention. Strong knowledge and understanding of the effects of all types of violence or abuse on both children and their mothers and relevant therapeutic interventions
- Previous experience in substance abuse and mental health assessments definite assets
- Strong knowledge of feminism and understanding of diversity, Anti-racism and Anti-oppression – cross-cultural perspective and awareness
- Excellent oral and written communication skills; second language an asset
- Strong organizational and time management skills
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with the community, staff and partner agencies
- Ability to function successfully both independently and within a team
- Demonstrated computer proficiency
- Valid Ontario Driver’s license, valid insurance and access to a reliable vehicle
- Regular travel required throughout Waterloo region.
Please submit cover letter and resume on or before March 5, 2015 to:
Human Resources Specialist
700 Heritage Drive
Kitchener, ON N2A3N9
Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.
We are an equal opportunity employer.