Family Counsellor
Westcoast Family Centres
Vancouver, BC
Opportunity Summary

The Family Counsellor (Family Support Worker) provides a variety of parenting education and supportive interventions that promote healthier family functioning, reduce risk factors, maintain safety and increase well-being. The Counsellor provides support to families in goal planning and utilizes a range of strategies, community resources, and support network to help address risks identified.

Available Opportunities:
Temporary Vacancy, 35 hours (end date September 7, 2020)
About Westcoast Family Centres

Westcoast Family Centres Society (WFCS) is a multi-service community-based non-profit organization delivering child-centred, evidence-based programs and services to children and families in the Lower Mainland. Our mission is to strengthen and develop healthy relationships between children, their families, and their communities. Our programs and services aim to address the unique and varied challenges faced by vulnerable families. Joining the WFC team is an opportunity to be a part of a team where your skills and knowledge will make a positive impact in the lives of children and families.

The Family Counsellor will:
Provide counselling, parent-education and support interventions directly to families and children.
Conduct direct case management activities; including an assessment of family issues, supporting family visits, parent-education skill development, and utilization of community resources.
Promote the protection and well-being of children in their home through expedient, time-specific, flexible interventions.
Develop and implement a counselling, support and intervention plan in collaboration with the family and their ICM team.
Provide culturally competent service to a diverse range of clients.
Promote strategies and support to prevent out-of-home placement of a child, in the family home or in the community, as appropriate.
Respond immediately to support the family at the point of crisis.
Enhance family and community support network, particularly in concrete needs, such as housing, health, or education.
Co-facilitate parent education and family/children support programs and workshops.
Work with families with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Work with at-risk and marginalized families within the community.
Maintain positive working relationships with all professionals involved in the care of the individuals
Ensures that all records, reports, and documentation pertaining to service delivery are accurate, complete and in compliance with WFC’s policies and procedures.
Liaise as appropriate with other agencies/professionals for purposes of consultation.
Conduct other duties as required.
What you bring to WFC

Relevant MA with 3 years’ experience or relevant BA with 5 years’ experience preferred
Experience working with families who may present multiple service needs related to poverty, addictions, violence, child abuse or neglect, and mental health issues.
Strong counselling, program planning, and communication skills.
An understanding of integrated case management.
Knowledge of Computer operating systems.
Bilingual or multilingual required – Cantonese/Mandarin preferred.
Working conditions

Family-friendly culture and environment.
Ability to work evenings and/or weekends is required.
Class 5 Driver’s License and use of own car required.
This is a union position; Grid Level 14P, Step 1.
Maintain current First Aid and Non-Violent crisis intervention certificate.
Clear Criminal Record and Drivers Abstract.
Why work for WFC

Be part of a grass root community-based agency committed to the developing and strengthening our community together. As a WFC employee, you will benefit from:

Family-friendly culture and environment.
Making a difference in your local community.
A chance to do meaningful work with a committed team of professionals.
Competitive wages and comprehensive benefits package.
Professional development and growth opportunities

How to Apply:
Apply directly through our WFC website or email your resumes to

Subject Heading: Family Counsellor (Vancouver) 2018-69

Applications must be legally eligible to work in Canada, only selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.