JOB POSTING – January 2020

Position Title: Counsellor and Facilitator

Reports to: Bridges Director of Programs and Counselling Program Coordinator

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Start Date: February 2020

Term: Permanent Full Time

Locations: Langford, BC & Victoria, BC

Salary: The wage will be determined based on Bridges salary guideline, and level of experience; a comprehensive extended health and dental benefits package is available upon completion of the probationary period

Closing Date: January 29, 2020


Bridges for Women Society serves the communities of southern Vancouver Island and the south Gulf Islands that are located on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ, (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.

Bridges is a gutsy, innovative nonprofit inspiring diverse women impacted by violence or abuse, to reclaim their lives and build economic stability. Bridges draws on its extensive knowledge of the impacts of abuse on employability, to provide education, training and consulting to community agencies, employers and government.

Bridges for Women Society is looking for a dynamic and skilled woman to join our team. We are seeking an experienced counsellor, primarily based out of our Langford office, to provide trauma-informed, therapeutic counselling supports to women-identified survivors of trauma, abuse and neglect. This individual will be passionate about this work and versatile and comfortable working out of multiple locations including local First Nations communities. In addition to providing individual counselling, this individual is also a skilled facilitator, and able to facilitate both counselling and psychoeducational groups in our various program areas, including in our Indigenous Women’s Bridging Programs.


The Counsellor and Facilitator’s key responsibilities include the following areas and may be revised based on the Society’s needs.

• Provide 1:1 counselling for women who have experienced trauma living with mental and physical health challenges such as complex PTSD, depression, anxiety, addiction issues, grief and loss, anger, and chronic illness
• Provide therapeutic counselling supports under various funding streams including Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and Residential Historical Abuse Program (RHAP)
• Participate in case conferencing and clinical debriefing with a multi-disciplinary staff team
• Engage in crisis intervention, assessing suicide risk, creating safety plans, partnering with other community resources as needed
• Refer clients to appropriate community resources and advocate when appropriate
• Maintain confidential client files including updated case notes and required documents
• Supervise undergraduate or graduate students in practicum placements on an as needed basis

• Plan and deliver curriculum focused on trauma recovery with an emphasis on safety, resource building and strengthening resilience, personal development, employment readiness, and communication skills development

Intake Support
• Conduct intake interviews and assessments/screening of potential program participants
• Organize and maintain client intake systems and protocols including client follow-up

• Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology or Social Work plus registration with a professional counselling or social work association with a minimum 5 years of professional counselling experience with women who have experienced violence, abuse and trauma
• Proven clinical experience working with survivors of trauma
• Education and skill with trauma-informed approaches such as, person-centred, mindfulness, cognitive behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, integrative mind/body/spirit approaches, somatic psychotherapy, and career and life planning
• Strong knowledge and experience working with women with behavioural addictions and/or substance misuse issues with a focus on the interconnection between experiences of trauma and addictions
• Demonstrated understanding of issues specific to Indigenous women such as intergenerational impacts of residential schools, colonization, discrimination and isolation
• Experience counselling one-to-one and leading psycho-educational groups
• Experience with intake assessment and crisis intervention
• Working knowledge of local community resources and social/legal systems
• Experience with maintaining confidential client databases and client file notes

Skills and Abilities:
• Skills and training in trauma counselling approaches including containment and grounding techniques
• Knowledge of feminist and adult learning approaches to group facilitation and learning with a focus on resilience and strength-based perspectives
• Ability to mirror back the courage, bravery, skills and strengths of the women we serve
• Assisting women to break the abusive cycle by becoming more independent and self-directed.
• Support women to create meaning from the past, develop and implement a vision for the future, set goals and take action leading to employment
• Knowledge of violence, abuse and poverty and how they affect women’s economic status, employability and ability to learn
• Ability to connect and build rapport with a diverse counselling staff-team with professionalism and healthy boundaries
• Leadership and ethical conduct, respect for confidentiality and boundaries
• Conflict management and conflict resolution skills
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong information technology skills including ability to use specialized database systems and MS Office software
• Comfort with a non-hierarchical structure and consensus decision-making processes
• Understands that personal and professional self-care and is an ethical imperative which supports healthy boundaries and work- life balance
• Comfort with a non-hierarchical structure and decision-making process skills in working with groups and individuals
Additional Notes:
• This position requires working out of multiple locations. A reliable vehicle is an asset
• Employment is conditional upon a recent and clear vulnerable sectors criminal record check

Please submit your cover letter and resume by January 29, 2020 via email to Carrie Everett at We thank everyone for their application. Only those shortlisted for the interview process will be contacted.