Career Opportunities

Child and Family Trauma Counsellor

Posted: August 26, 2019

Job Title: Child and Family Trauma Counsellor

Responsible to

Assistant Director

Summary of primary job functions

The Child and Family Trauma Counsellor will provide clinical support to mothers, youth and children participating in the DMSCC Second Stage Housing program for women and their children fleeing domestic violence.  This will include a variety of treatment modalities (individual, family, group) as clinically appropriate.  The Child and Family Trauma Counsellor will demonstrate strength-based counseling skills and have excellent organizational and communication skills.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Provide clinical support to women, adolescents and children who have experienced or been exposed to domestic violence.
  • Provide individual, family and group counselling as clinically appropriate.
  • Provide evidence-based treatment to women, adolescents and children who have experienced or been exposed to domestic violence.
  • When working with children and youth, address related behavioral and mental health concerns. This may include work with parents or caregivers to best support the client.
  • Provide assessment, treatment planning and implementation, and participate in discharge planning.
  • Inform and support Assistant Director, Executive Director and case conference with staff regarding components of the client’s individualized treatment plan, when necessary.
  • Act as an educational and supportive resource to staff and clients.
  • Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate a case plan with clients.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings and case conferencing.
  • Network and coordinate case plans with other professionals within and outside of the agency as appropriate.
  • Advise Residential staff of potential risks to clients, staff or volunteer safety.
  • Assessing client needs and make recommendation to DMSCC staff team.
  • Work closely with entire support team.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as directed by the Executive Director or Assistant Director.


  • Maintain client files.
  • Enter relevant data into database.
  • Prepare reports and recommendations as requested.
  • Assess and make recommendations for programs of Joie’s Phoenix House.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, Counselling or Social Work (clinical specialization)
  • Current registration with a recognized professional college or association in Alberta is required.
  • Experience in delivering culturally sensitive services.
  • Training in evidence-based modalities for children, adolescents, adults and families required.
  • Experience in EMDR, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Structural Family Therapy.
  • Minimum 3 years of clinical work.
  • Experience working with domestic violence and trauma recovery, stress management, crisis intervention, and cross-cultural issues.
  • Ability to both establish rapport with a wide variety of clients and create a process of change that will empower and enhance the wellbeing of the women and children in the program.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide exceptional client-centered service and care.
  • Superior oral and written communication skills.
  • RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and Intervention Record Check.
  • Valid Class 5 driver’s license free from restrictions.

The position is a permanent full-time (40 hours/week) job opportunity, with core hours Monday to Friday, with on-call hours on evenings, and weekends. The successful candidate must be flexible in working hours to provide coverage as needed.

Salary range $68,900 to $107,500

Compensation rate will be based on assessment of the successful candidate’s education, skills, previous experience and other factors.  The successful candidate will be eligible for employee health benefits, pension contributions as defined by Board policy.

For questions, or to apply via email, please send to the attention of:


Cindy Yang

Human Resources

780-594-0430 x 834

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.