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Chloe Song
by Chloe Song
Published: June 11, 2024 (1 month ago)
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Edmonton, AB

The Adult Counsellor is a full-time permanent position under the direct supervision of the Directors of Clinical Services and the Director of Client Care Services.

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization that supports children, youths, and adults who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, and educates the public about sexual violence. All work at SACE will reflect the mission statement and beliefs of the organization.

This position works Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flexibility to work weekday evenings and weekends is a requirement. There is a possibility that in the future, some counsellors will be asked to switch to a Tuesday-Friday working model, with Fridays reserved for online services only.

Adult Counsellor responsibilities include:

  • Provision of crisis intervention in the form of support and information calls, emergency appointments, and scheduled appointments;
  • Provision of crisis support for:
    • Survivors of sexual assault (18 years and older);
    • Adult survivors of child sexual abuse;
    • Non-offending family members of these survivors.
  • A minimum of five (5) individual counselling sessions booked per day (20 clients booked per week), in a combination of in-person and/or telehealth appointments as necessary, with the exception of when meetings, trainings, group counselling sessions, and other scheduled commitments may intervene;
  • Provision of group counselling sessions as program requires;
  • Maintain comprehensive records and files as outlined in the College of Alberta Psychologists Standards of Practice or other appropriate governing body per designation;
  • Assist in the provision of training for volunteers, students, professionals and lay persons in the area of crisis intervention and group facilitation as directed by the Directors of Clinical Services;
  • Maintain and submit program statistics monthly in consultation with the Directors of Clinical Services and the Director of Client Care Services; 
  • Attend staff meetings, departmental group supervision, and staff in-services and remain ingrained on current literature and counselling methods, and where appropriate, adapt crisis intervention skills to reflect changes as determined by the Directors of Clinical Services and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO);
  • Other appropriate duties as assigned by the CEO, the Director of Client Care Services, or the Directors of Clinical Services.

Minimum required qualifications:

  • Masters level degree in counselling or social work with clinical focus (e.g. MC, MSc, MEd, MSW, etc.), and currently have, are pursuing, or are intending to pursue a professional designation such as Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), Registered Psychologist, Registered Social Worker (RSW);
  • Experience providing crisis intervention and counselling for adults;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the assessment and treatment issues surrounding the effects of sexual violence.

The ideal candidate:

  • Is familiar with the issue of sexual violence and with anti-oppressive approaches to violence prevention and client support;
  • Has an understanding of, and commitment to, anti-oppression principles and practices;
  • Has experience in trauma-informed and client-centred counselling;
  • Is adaptable, organized, and self-directed;
  • Is able to work and develop relationships with a wide range of people, both within and outside of the organization;
  • Is comfortable working collaboratively with other staff and organizations.

What SACE offers:

  • A competitive salary commensurate with accreditation;
  • Full health benefits paid by SACE (extended health, dental, and drugs) for staff and dependents;
  • A four-day work week, Mondays through Thursdays, and closed every Friday;
  • Generous paid vacation time (starting with three weeks);
  • Additional two-weeks’ paid annual office closure over the winter holiday break, usually aligning with school district closures;
  • A flexible hybrid home/office work model;
  • A work culture that values collaboration, respect, and kindness;
  • Strong focus on staff wellness and work-life balance;
  • Generous staff professional development hours and budget;
  • Staff appreciation days;
  • Mileage reimbursement for community work;
  • Open door policy.

We strive to build a team that reflects the diversity of the community we work in and encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups such as women, Black, racialized or visible minority communities, Indigenous Peoples, people identifying as 2SLGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please contact us at info@sace.ca. 

Eligibility: We understand that clients who have accessed our services may want to work at SACE, and ask that it has been at least two years since your last engagement with either counselling or Support and Information Line services before applying. It is important that our Directors of Clinical Services do not feel that your employment with SACE would in any way compromise your healing, or create an ethical dilemma regarding a dual relationship with your previous counsellor. 

Salary: Ranges from $66,600 (Master’s degree in counselling or related field) to $86,550 (Registered Psychologist or Registered Clinical Social Worker with more than two years of experience) dependent on professional designation and experience.

Support and Information Line training dates: The successful candidate will be asked to attend some sessions of the SACE Support and Information Line training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, and some Saturdays, in September, October, and November. The staff will be compensated for these training hours with time off in lieu (TOIL). 

Closing date: Open until filled.

Position start date: To be determined.

To apply: Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter outlining why they think they are the right candidate for this position, with a resume, and contact information of three (3) professional references including name, job title, phone number, and email address. Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered.  

Please send applications to info@sace.ca, Attn: Selection Committee – Adult Counsellor. 

We thank all who apply; only those selected to be interviewed will be contacted.