Violence Prevention Counsellor

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society Surrey, BC

Working within our Health Promotion Department, the Violence Prevention Counsellor provides culturally agile individual and group therapy, systems navigation and referrals, crisis intervention, and comprehensive health and community service planning for dually diagnosed and undiagnosed adults, children and youth in Surrey, who have witnessed or are victims/survivors of abuse and violence.

Key Responsibilities:
Conducts intakes and assessments of children who have witnessed abuse and immigrant and refugee women who are victims of abuse/violence;

Assesses the safety of the clients and their children and supports clients in reducing safety risks;

Assists clients with service goals based on the assessment;

Focuses on the specific behavioural, emotional, cognitive and physical consequences of the abuse or violence;

Makes referrals to other services as needed;

Provides individual and group counselling to clients from a feminist and trauma-based perspective using techniques such as therapeutic group counselling and self-skill workshops;

Provides individual and group counselling to the child and/or individual family members using basic counselling techniques and Best Practices;

Facilitates the parent/caregiver’s understanding of their child’s experience and the emotional and psychological impact of the trauma;

Assists with facilitating Women’s understanding of her experience and the emotional and psychological impact of the trauma;

Empowers women through a thorough understanding of the dynamics of abuse;

Addresses issues such as depression, self esteem and self worth, approaches should take into account social, cultural and economic values which hinder recovery and which may promote powerlessness, re-victimization and dependency;

Ensures that priority be given to the safety of a Woman and her children, rather than to keeping the family together, where these two may be in conflict;

Maintains client files and records according to DIVERSEcity and program accreditation standards;

Submits monthly statistics and reports as required;

Works cooperatively with the clinical services team;

Attends team and case review meetings;

Meets with the Clinical Supervisor for case consultation and review;

Works closely with other community agencies to promote collaboration and cooperation in delivery of service to immigrant women, youth and children who are victims of abuse/violence;

Adheres to Policies and Procedures of the Society;

Participates in accreditation activities as required;

Completes other duties as assigned by manager.

Mandatory Qualifications:
Master’s degree in an Allied Health Discipline (Counselling Psychology, Social Work, etc.) from a recognized program;

A minimum of 2-years of recent relevant experience working with dually diagnosed clients or a similar population, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Qualified candidates will also posses:
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) designation from the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors is preferred. Individuals in the process of obtaining their designation may be considered;

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

Fluency in one of the primary contract languages (Arabic, Mandarin or Punjabi) is an asset;

Experience facilitating groups;

Strong computer skills, including Microsoft suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Teams);

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently;

Class 5 BC Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.

A criminal record check is required as a part of this process.

To apply, please upload your resume and cover letter as separate attachments. Please note that only Word or PDF formats can be accepted. As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a short questionnaire. Please ensure all questions are answered. This position is not available for sponsorship, only candidates legally entitled to work in Canada can be considered.

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This position requires union membership. A Criminal Record Check is a requirement of employment.

This position is based in our Surrey office and is a blend of remote and in-person services. DIVERSEcity has implemented new safety procedures for in-office and in-person work, to view our safety plan, please visit Successful candidates will be provided with the training and equipment to safely carry out their duties, ensuring the best protection for our staff and clients.

A comprehensive job description will be provided to all candidates shortlisted for interviews.

DIVERSEcity is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from people of all gender identities and expressions, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples and visible minorities. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application and hiring process may contact our HR department at ([email protected]). Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

About DIVERSEcity

DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society is a registered charity devoted to helping newcomers. For 40 years we have focused on providing specialized services newcomers to find employment, learn English, find housing, deal with family challenges, work through mental health issues and access medical care. DIVERSEcity is a client-centred organization committed to quality and accountability. We value growth, respect, integrity and compassion. To learn more about DIVERSEcity visit us at

We thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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