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Resident Counsellor

  • Full Time
  • Dryden
  • 2023-04-30

Website Hoshizaki House

Full-Time Counsellor


Hoshizaki House, Dryden District Crisis Shelter is currently accepting applications for the position of Resident Counsellor.



The Counsellor will provide ongoing one on one support, advocacy and feminist counselling to women and children in shelter and in the community.  The Counsellor will provide direct support to victims of domestic violence/abuse; in order that they may live free of violence. Monday – Friday from 8:30-4:30.




·         To provide short-term goal-focused counselling to women and children in the shelter and community who have experienced abuse.

·         To provide long-term counselling to assist abused women to improve emotional well-being and healing.

·         To provide group based counselling for women & children who have experienced abuse/domestic violence.

·         To complete intakes and risk assessments to determine needs of women and children accessing the counselling program.

·         To support client in planning, developing, implementation and following through with goals to allow clients to achieve desired outcomes through choices made by the client.

To advocate on behalf of women as requested, both individually and with other various organizations.
·         To support the development of a personal safety plan for women and their children.

·         To provide confidential services to women and operationalize within a feminist philosophy.

To be familiar with the resources within the Dryden area and surrounding areas in order to provide information, and make appropriate referrals to community services.
·         To participate in the Shelter, front-line/crisis intervention program on a regular basis and/or when required.

·         To establish contact with residents of the Shelter with an orientation to the Counselling Program.

·         To actively attend and participate in staff meetings, case management, and trainings  as required

·         To maintain confidentiality of residents, staff, volunteer, and organization information in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and in accordance with Shelter Policies.

·         To be familiar with all policies and procedures of Hoshizaki House Dryden District Crisis Shelter.

·         To engage in regular supervision with the Executive Director, including an annual performance evaluation.

·         To display cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity.

·         To have the ability to work cooperatively, independently, and be an effective team player and work with minimal supervision.





Undergraduate Degree in Social Work or Counselling. Registered with a provincial governing body. May consider Registered Social Service Worker, Social Worker or Counselling Diploma with minimum 2 or more years’ experience with one on one and group counselling experience.
·         Strong commitment to working from a feminist perspective, providing women centred, trauma informed and client centred approaches to care.

·         Experience providing individual and or group counselling to assist women in understanding and coping with the effects of the cycle of abuse and family violence

·         Strong listening skills, written and oral communication skills

·         Demonstrated ability to support women through their journey toward healing and independence through individual and group counselling

·         Excellent understanding of violence against women’s issues

·         Excellent decision making and problem solving skills

Experience and knowledge in crisis intervention.
Experience in Group Facilitation, public speaking and program delivery.
Ability to provide non-judgmental support
Cross-cultural Awareness and Sensitivity.
Experience and knowledge in working with anti-racist/anti oppression framework.
Willingness to work flexible hours
A valid “G” driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.
Possession of a current CPR/First Aid certificate an asset.
Current criminal reference including a vulnerable sectors check – to be provided upon acceptance of the position
·         Ability to speak French a definite asset




Please submit a cover letter outlining your qualifications along with a resume by email to

Application Deadline: Open until filled

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.  References will be required at the time of interview.

To apply for this job email your details to

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