Experienced Systemic Family Therapist Wanted

Langley Youth & Family Services (LYFS) has two contract positions available for experienced systemic family therapists for either up to 1,600 counselling hours or up to 800 counselling hours per year, starting January 1, 2022. 

Summary:

Langley Youth and Family Services has been jointly supported by the Langley Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) detachment and the City and Township of Langley municipal Councils, since 1977.  LYFS is an early intervention crime prevention strategy providing individual child, youth and family counselling to the communities of Langley.   The Service operates on the assumption that youth crime can be prevented and/or reduced by identifying and treating youth with problematic behavior where the continuance of such behavior would appear to be moving toward breach of the law.  The systemic treatment approach is based on the belief that problematic behavior is symptomatic of underlying internal disturbance and/or in response to environmentally related issues. 

Counsellors at LYFS are directly accountable to the Program Manager who is directly accountable to the Officer in Charge of the Langley police detachment and to the Director of Corporate Services for the City of Langley. 

The Langley RCMP refer youth to LYFS who are involved in substance abuse, shoplifting, fire setting, mischief, willful damage, possession of drugs, auto theft, sexual assault, bullying, running away, truancy and family conflict.  The community refers youth reflecting those precursors to acting-out behaviour such as those behaviours associated with Opposition Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and Anxiety Disorder as defined by the DSM-5. 

Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Counselling/Psychology/Marriage and Family Therapy or equivalent (RCC/CCC).
  • Experience working with children, youth and families utilizing a systemic family systems framework with strong knowledge of developmental psychology.
  • Experience managing a case load, community liaison, community meetings, file management, preparing written reports, forms and documents as needed.
  • High ethical standards of practice.  Enhanced RCMP security clearance required.

Please submit resume by November 15, 2021 to the attention of Dave Lige at Langley Youth & Family Services 5569 204 Street, Langley BC V4A 1Z4 or by email to dlige@langleycity.ca .