Children's Counsellor

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Purpose of PositionThe Children’s Counsellor works directly with children who have been exposed to domestic violence.  The Children’s Counsellor works closely with the mother/caregiver in addressing children’s needs and supporting the mother/caregiver in utilizing her parenting skills to address her children’s needs

Reporting to:  Supervisor of Direct Services

Hours of Work:      37.5 hours per week


  • Provides counselling to children and youth who have been impacted by the presence of violence in their home
  • Conducts intake and discharge interviews with clients as required
  • Consults with other clinical staff as needed regarding children’s behaviour and needs
  • Makes appropriate referrals to agencies within York Region and Metropolitan Toronto (eg. Ontario Works, Housing, Legal Aid, CAS, Police)
  • Promotes a flexible, culturally sensitive and supportive intervention, focused directly on children coming from homes with domestic violence
  • Facilitates family’s capacity to make decisions in an effort to strengthen family life
  • Assists mothers/caregivers to identify and develop plans that will meet the needs of child and family as a whole, including safety plans
  • Implements case plans sensitive to the needs of clients
  • Assists mothers/caregivers to understand the cycle of violence and the effects of violence on children
  • This role works with children who reside temporarily in our emergency shelters as well as children living in the community.
  • Liaison with Children’s Aid Societies, to facilitate referrals, and maintain a positive relationship
  • Presentations as required to educate about YBH and about the effect of witnessing violence on children

Case Management:

  • Liaises and advocates with community agencies to facilitate an awareness and understanding of children’s needs
  • Identifies geographically based referral bases, develops referring relationships
  • Facilitates families’ connection to ethno-specific services

Maintenance and Administration:

  • Maintains daily confidential, pertinent, accurate and non-judgemental logging on WISH (agency database) of all client contacts
  • Ensures that intake/discharge and all other appropriate information is complete
  • Ensures that stats and client notes are completed at the end of each week
  • Provides quarterly reports on program delivery, effectiveness and initiatives
  • Ensures health and safety standards of the office are met
  • Plans programming expenditure within budget allocations
  • Participates in ongoing program evaluation


  • Reads, understands and adheres to policies and procedures of PROJECT HOSTEL O/A Yellow Brick House
  • Engages fully and openly in supervision; keeping Supervisor fully informed at all times
  • Attends staff training sessions as required
  • Identifies and sets professional development goals annually
  • Works within a team environment; provides support and information to team members and assists other staff when required
  • Maintains a positive approach and a professional manner at all times
  • Fosters and maintains an anti-oppression working environment
  • Performs any other duties as required
  • Able to offer a combination of in person and virtual counselling sessions

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Completion of a clinically supervised undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited university (e.g. BSW, MSW)
  • Fluency/competency in a second language either spoken by a large number of clients or that is required by Project Hostel
  • 2 to 3 years counselling experience
  • Experience working with children
  • A specialized certificate in working with children would be an asset
  • In depth knowledge of the dynamics of woman abuse and its effect on children is required
  • Ability to work under pressure and within the context of the team structure
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to deal effectively with job related stress and handle crisis situations
  • Ability to work within an anti-oppression framework
  • Knowledge and understanding of trauma, mental health issues, advocacy, substance abuse, employment, child development and parenting would be an asset
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize workload
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, e-mail and the Internet

Please submit covering letter and resume, providing your interest in applying to this position  in confidence to

No phone calls please.  Yellow Brick House would like to thank all applicants for their interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

NOTE:   This position is full-time. Staff are represented by CUPE and compensation is determined by the collective agreement.  After successfully completing probation, staff receive a comprehensive benefits package.