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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Trauma Therapist – Stopping the Violence Program

Competition #37-18 |  Download job posting PDF


Founded in 1928 and celebrating its 90th year, FSGV is a charitable organization with nearly 100 social services programs and 500 employees across Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.

Our values

  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Optimism
  • Excellence

FSGV commands respect in the community while envisioning and impacting brighter futures for the people we serve. We provide a supportive workplace for our staff and professional, effective services for our clients, including counselling, therapy, advocacy, education, employment support and community services.


FSGV’s Counselling & Trauma Services Program provides a spectrum of counselling services (free and fee-for-service) for the community, including a number of specialized services in collaboration with community partners and funders. The STV (Stopping the Violence) program provides free counselling to women who have experienced sexual assault, violence/abuse in relationships, or childhood sexual abuse.

Position Profile

In this 21 hours per week, salaried, 6 month term position, you will provide screening, counselling and support services to adult women in the Vancouver area who have experienced violence in relationships, sexual assault and/or childhood abuse.


  • Integrity and Ethical Behaviour: Models ethical behaviour; Adheres to the principles and practices of the organization and their profession. Demonstrates personal accountability and congruent behaviour.
  • Critical Thinking / Judgment: demonstrates sound judgment and critical thinking in assessing client needs and safety, establishing appropriate boundaries, and developing appropriate treatment plans.
  • Commitment to Learning: Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development. Stays up-to-date on evidence-based therapeutic trends and approaches. Seeks out feedback on personal performance and behaviour, adapting behaviour appropriately.
  • Interpersonal Communication: Articulate both verbally and in writing in a manner that builds trust, respect and credibility. Adapts content, style, tone, and medium of communication to suit clients’ language, cultural background and level of understanding.
  • Teamwork and Cooperation: Works collaboratively with others to achieve common goals and positive results. Develops and maintains strong and supportive team environments with colleagues.
  • Technological Competence: Effectively utilizes appropriate technology to manage information, maintain records and communicate with clients, colleagues and community partners.

Other Information

  • One 21 hours per week, 6 months term position available (in Vancouver)
  • Successful completion of criminal record check is a condition of employment
  • Office location: 4th floor, 1638 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC
  • Some evening work required


Required Qualifications


  • Masters Degree in Counselling or Social Work (RCC or MSW)
  • Must be registered with a professional body in the province of BC and qualified to supervise Masters-level intern students.
  • Additional education/training in Somatic Therapies, EMDR and/or other models of current best practices in the theory/treatment of trauma, as well as education/training facilitating psycho-educational trauma groups

Job Specific Experience and Knowledge
Minimum 3-5 years experience working in a counselling capacity with women who have experienced violence in relationships, sexual abuse and/or childhood abuse. Must include the following knowledge and expertise:

  • High degree of knowledge in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence, historical child abuse and trauma.
  • Advanced knowledge of, and ability to address themes of vicarious trauma
  • Proficiency in assessment and individual counselling from a feminist perspective
  • Experience working with the LGBTQ2S community
  • Proficiency in advocacy work
  • Awareness of community resources and systems
  • Ability to consider and construct practices which acknowledge and incorporate the experiences of persons who are marginalized
  • Ability to effectively address trauma responses, including PTSD
  • Ability to maintain a caseload of 5 clients per workday
  • Training and experience facilitating psycho-educational groups for trauma survivors


FSGV offers purposeful careers, serving the most vulnerable members of our community. This role offers you the opportunity to help build a successful fundraising operation, influence the growth of a new team, nurture cooperative relationships and make a positive impact in our community.

FSGV provides a comprehensive compensation package, with pension and generous extended health benefits for our regular staff.

FSGV supports career development and training for staff to reach their potential, and offer mentorship and professional advancement in a supportive environment. We recognize the importance of work-life balance, wellness and a safe, inclusive and welcoming workplace that values diversity and respect for all.

Work Hours: 21 Hours per week, 6 months term position

Location: Work in the culturally vibrant Vancouver neighbourhood of Commercial Drive & East Broadway

Start Date: April 1, 2018

Closing date: when filled


If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter (indicating the competition number 37-18 in email subject line). Please tell us where you heard of this opportunity, outlining your interest and demonstrating your relevant experience for this role in your cover letter.

If you are an internal candidate, please indicate “Internal Candidate” in the subject line of the email

Send your application to: Lillian Chen, Clinical Services Manager, at lchen@fsgv.ca

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Thank you for your interest.

FSGV is committed to the principles of diversity. We encourage applications from qualified people of all genders and sexual orientations, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons and persons with disabilities.