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Counsellor/ Trauma Therapist (Resiliency Centre)

Reports to: Managing Director of the Resiliency Centre
Salary Range: $70, 000 – $80, 000/ year
Term: Permanent
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau

Summary

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is seeking a full-time, experienced Counsellor/Trauma Therapist who will provide culturally competent and trauma-informed therapeutic services to Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people. The Trauma Therapist will be responsible for direct service delivery, including individual and group counselling, client assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions.

NWAC is seeking inspiring team members who are committed to walking with Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people on their path to healing and wellness.

NWAC is in the process of building its new Resiliency Centre in Gatineau, QC and the Trauma Therapist will work closely with the Managing Director to build therapeutic programs and services that will respond to the needs of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people who have experienced trauma.

This position requires a Certification in Counselling, a Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related field, combined with exceptional insight into the needs of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.

Some of the Responsibilities of this Position Include:

  • Provide culturally appropriate clinical counselling/psychotherapy assessment and treatment to Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people in individual and group settings;
  • Provide brief clinical counselling/psychotherapy to individuals of all ages during walk-in hours;
  • Provide extended psychotherapy to adults requiring further support;
  • Provide quality client care that is consistent with best practices;
  • Conduct assessments/intake of clients in order to lead to assessment and recommendations for management and development of trauma-informed treatment plan;
  • Provide guidance and trauma-specific treatment and interventions for mental health and substance use disorders as indicated, including individual counseling, group counseling and education;
  • Provide crisis intervention services as needed;
  • Maintain records as required by organization policies and regulatory and accrediting agencies; and
  • Perform other related duties, as necessary.

Studies and Work Experience Required:

  • Completion of a Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling or another relevant field;
  • Minimum of 2-3 years’ experience providing therapy and treatment to clients experiencing trauma and mental health;
  • Demonstrated 2-3 years’ experience in facilitating and co-facilitating educational and skill-based groups as required;
  • Current registration (or eligibility) with CCPA or OCRT, OASW & OCSWSSW or other professional college applicable.
  • Current registration (or eligibility) with Ordre des conseillers et conseillères d’orientation du Québec or Ordre des psychologies du Québec or other professional college applicable.
  • Strong clinical experience working with clients living with complex trauma and concurrent disorders;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Indigenous people, including understanding of issues impacting mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health.
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset; and,
  • Clear criminal reference check to work with vulnerable population is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The Trauma Therapist must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people in Canada and internationally;
  • Knowledge of Principles, Methods, and Procedures for diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation of physical and mental issues;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

The employee must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both English and French is an asset;
  • Strong skills in the MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, etc.)
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills with friendly and professional demeanor;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to be flexible to the daily changing needs within the community and to handle obstacles with compassion and resolve;

First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Or to: [email protected]

(Email submissions preferred).

 

NWAC thanks all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa, or by teleconference.


Navigator 

Reports to: Managing Director of the Resiliency Centre
Salary Range: $55,000 to $60,000
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa/Gatineau

Summary

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is seeking a full time and experienced Navigator who will provide expert, trauma-informed navigation services to Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.

NWAC is in the process of building its new Resiliency Centre in Gatineau, QC and the Navigator will work closely with the Managing Director to build resource knowledge and services that will respond to the needs of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit and gender-diverse people.

General Duties

The Navigator will be responsible for:

  • Communicate and act as a liaison between the health, socio-economic, housing sectors and Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and gender-diverse people to ensure continuity of culturally appropriate care;
  • Provide education, supports and tools related to promoting healing, health and wellbeing;
  • Identify relevant resources, options and supports, facilitate referrals and applications to government and community agencies;
  • Advocate for adequate access to timely and quality resources and supports;
  • Provide information to Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and gender-diverse people related to housing assistance and other social services;
  • Provide access to services and supports that utilize and promote Indigenous knowledge, values and traditions to enhance health and wellbeing;
  • Perform other related duties as required from time to time;

Studies and Experience Requirement

  • A bachelor’s degree in social work, Social Services, Psychology or other applicable program of study;
  • Minimum of three (3) years in case management experience, crisis intervention and homeless outreach;
  • Experience working with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or private, business/corporate entities is an asset;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;

Knowledge and Managerial Requirements

The employee must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of applicable federal, provincial and municipal legislation, policies and procedures;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous health policies and programs such as Non-Insured Health Benefits and Jordan’s Principle;
  • Knowledge of social, economic, health issues relevant to the urban Indigenous community;
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Knowledge of strategic and operational planning and program review;
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices;
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Key Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with Indigenous clients, including a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues that impact on culture in contemporary society;
  • Evidence of strong organizational and negotiating skills and ability to handle sensitive issues with tact and diplomacy;
  • Effective interpersonal and conflict resolution skills;
  • Positive and flexible member of a team who thrives under pressure and change;
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both English and French an asset;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Ability to follow directives;
  • Ability to work independently and in a team setting;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis;
  • Ability to provide trauma-informed care;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice

First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority, please self-identify.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Or to: [email protected]

(Email submissions preferred).

 

NWAC thanks all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa, or by teleconference.