Children Who Witness Abuse Program
Kamloops YMCA/YWCA - Kamloops, BC

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Kamloops YMCA-YWCA
Children Who Witness Abuse Program

CWWA Counsellor (Part-time 13 hrs/wk)

We are seeking a CWWA Counsellor to join the program who holds the combination of experience, knowledge and skills to work within the field of anti-violence with children and women. The successful candidate will hold a thorough understanding of the dynamics of violence, and its impact on intimate relationships, the effect it has on children, as well as the knowledge and skills of working in a counselling capacity. This position will offer counselling and psycho-educational pieces to children who have witnessed violence and their non-offending parent or caregiver, in one on one and in group sessions. The CWWA Counsellor will report and be accountable to the CWWA Coordinator.

The candidate will work with male and female children and with women in a supportive capacity, work for them as an advocate within community, and will represent CWWA and our association in the community with a feminist approach and anti-violence lens. Knowledge of trauma, violence against women, and commitment to client centred approaches are critical to supporting clients following best practices. Knowledge of community partner agencies will connect clients utilising a community minded circle of support. The candidate will demonstrate sensitivity to the diverse needs of clients and staff such as literacy, emotional, social, behavioural and cultural differences.

Major Responsibilities and Abilities:
To provide services with the objective of stopping the intergenerational cycle of abuse by teaching children nonviolent ways of resolving conflicts and by promoting the process of healing
Support children age five to nineteen whose emotional health and self-esteem have been affected by witnessing abuse
Provide services in an age appropriate manner
Support children in labeling and expressing feelings in reaction to the abuse they have witnessed
Assist children in understanding ways of dealing with and expressing anger
Support children to understand that they are not responsible for the abuse and the actions of others
Teach children safety skills and strategies
Encourage open communication
Acknowledge loss and separation issues
Facilitate understandings of abuse and myths about violence against women
Provide consultation to women with dependent children whose children are unable to attend or receive the services typically provided
Develop and provide an ongoing supportive group for women with dependent children who have witnessed abuse
Establish and maintain intake and operational policies that are intended to provide for the safety of children, of employees, volunteers and practicum students
Provide age appropriate groups for children twice yearly
Provide one on one counselling for children not ready or not appropriate for group counselling
Maintain confidential case files on children and their caregivers registered in the program
Provide CWWA education to interested community, groups and ministries
Participate in staff meetings and other related meetings
Knowledge, skills and competencies:
Will have a thorough understanding of the dynamics of violence and its impact on intimate relationships and the effect it has on the children
Has the ability to work effectively with both boys and girls between the ages of five through nineteen
Is committed to the vision and values of the association
Understands the difference between feminist and systems counselling and is committed to the feminist approach
Has the ability to do presentations to various groups, outlining the CWWA program
Will have strong communication skills
Will have the ability to work independently

Delegated Authority:
To make presentations or provide training as it pertains to CWWA
To make independent decisions on the suitability of children for the program
To determine the suitability for group or one on one counselling and the length of time each child requires

BSW and will obtain CWWA training certificate, or
CWWA certificate and minimum 3 years on the job, or
Degree in related social sciences or Art Therapy plus CWWA training certificates, and
Extensive knowledge of the dynamics of violence against women and its effects on children and the family

Additional Requirements:
A positive criminal record search for working with vulnerable populations
Flexibility in hours of work
Able to work under stress and chaos at times
Will sign a confidentiality agreement

Placement Date: August 2013
Application Process:
Please apply with cover letter and resume, to:
Jessica Ganton-Stanley, Coordinator/Art Therapist, CWWA Program

Application Deadline: 12pm Wednesday August 7th, 2013
We thank you for your interest, however only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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We are seeking a CWWA Counsellor to join the program who holds the combination of experience, knowledge and skills to work within the field...