JOB OPPORTUNITY: Trauma Therapist (Healthy Connections Program)

Trauma Therapist (Healthy Connections Program) Competition # 28-19



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.



Education, Training, Experience

  • Master's Degree in Social Work, Counselling or Clinical Psychology
  • Current registration with a regulatory body in BC: RSW or RCC
  • Minimum 3-5 years supervised, post Master’s degree clinical experience working in trauma resolution and attachment psychotherapies with individuals, couples and families
  • Additional education/training and experience in trauma therapy such as EMDR, Somatic therapies, family systems theory, and treatment in the field of trauma/attachment and parenting.

Core Competencies

  • Collaborative Communication, including teamwork & cooperation, interpersonal communication, diversity and cultural agility
  • Personal Effectiveness, including integrity and ethical behavior, personal resilience, adaptability/flexibility, commitment to learning
  • Personal Leadership, including influence, initiative, judgment and decision making, creativity and innovation
  • Commitment to Excellence, including results focus, therapeutic, client-centered service, planning and organizing, professional expertise and technological proficiency

Job Specific Experience and Knowledge:

  • Excellent up to date adult trauma and attachment theory and practice, an understanding of the neurophysiology involved in early trauma and subsequent recovery and high degree of knowledge in the areas of sexual abuse, domestic violence, historical child abuse, neglect and loss.
  • Knowledge of infant and child development including the impact of unresolved trauma (inclusive of loss and neglect) in all developmental realms, (cognitive, emotional, attachment style, brain function and physiology), as it pertains to both the parent(s) and their child(ren).
  • Awareness of the stages of pregnancy, birthing and the post-natal experience including breastfeeding.
  • Familiarity with addiction and recovery theories and treatment
  • Knowledge about and experience in working with couples and families.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to address themes of vicarious trauma
  • Familiarity with the legal system/legislation pertaining to child protection, the duty to warn criteria and the Personal Information Protection Act
  • Knowledge of community resources and systems with the ability to help clients develop support networks.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to provide therapeutic interventions for clients including psycho-education, affect management, self-regulation, stress management and strategies to help manage postpartum depression and anxiety that will help the client develop a safe, secure base within herself as she learns how to foster secure attachment in her child(ren)
  • Ability to collaborate with therapist who facilitates the group component of the program.
  • Ability to present cases to team/supervisor and to be open to feedback
  • Ability to provide therapy both in office and home environments with a license to drive and own vehicle for home and community work.
  • Ability to maintain personal and professional integrity and boundaries and to follow best practices and ethical principles.
  • Proficiency in assessment and individual counseling from a feminist perspective
  • Understanding of diversity, cross-cultural and equity issues and experience working with anti-oppressive/anti-colonial lens
  • Proficiency in advocacy work
  • Excellent intake, crisis intervention and assessment skills and the ability to develop flexible treatment plans that meet the unique individual needs of the client
  • Computer skills in a Windows/PC environment, including word processing, email and internet and client data management system
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with social service system personnel and other community programs

Additional Requirements:

  • Successful completion of criminal record check
  • Position may be needed to work evenings
  • Ability to meet caseload expectations


This position provides assessment, intervention and trauma/attachment-focused psychotherapy to pregnant and newly parenting mothers of all cultures, family configurations and income groups, who have experienced childhood trauma, including loss and neglect; who may be experiencing post trauma symptoms, and who have concerns about their ability to parent or connect with their child/ren. Women enter the program as early in pregnancy as possible, and can access services until their child’s third birthday.

This position will be 10.5 hours / week, over two days; located at the FSGV East Broadway office; may be needed to provide evening work.


1. Counselling Support

  • Provides assessment and trauma resolution psychotherapy during the perinatal period to women who have experienced childhood trauma and who wish to improve and foster healthy attachment and development between parent and child.
  • Plans treatment interventions and co-creates individualized treatment plans designed to meet the therapeutic needs of each client, also able to employ a wide range of therapeutic modalities in order to carry out those plans, all in accordance with the Agency’s accreditation standards and department/program policies;
  • Assesses client readiness to participate in the group component of the program and sets goals with the client in conjunction with the group therapist to ensure that the individual and group work will complement one another.
  • Develops and links mothers to other community resources and support networks, makes referrals to other resources if appropriate and liaises with other programs or resources around collaboration and case management in order to develop a supportive network for mothers and their infants.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of services delivered to the client and the client experience, always with a view to continuous quality improvement and improved access.

2. Referrals and Community Liaising

  • Refers client to appropriate resources when needed, such as other counseling resources, parenting groups, medical services, legal aid, as well as local, provincial and community-based resources for clients.
  • Advocates with other services as appropriate and needed.
  • Maintains contact and networks with other service providers as appropriate around specific cases and/or general issues, liaises and shares general and specific information with other social services and community programs in accordance with agency’s policy regarding confidentiality
  • Maintains and pursues up-to-date knowledge in the field of perinatal mental health, early child development, attachment and traumatology through literature, research, networking, workshops and conferences in order to challenge and improve efficacy and expertise in the area of treatment
  • Works with other professionals in the community, as needed and appropriate to continue to create and support a coordinated community response to emerging issues experienced by clients.

3. Program Administration

  • Maintains metrics and administrative records and practices as needed by agency and program, including file reviews, record-keeping, data collection and submission of statistics.
  • Participates in individual and team supervision as required and participates in continuous quality improvement and learning activities. Represents the Agency in internal and external committees as needed.


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, offering 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: 10.5 hours / week
Start Date: September 3, 2019
Salary: $27.12 per hour GS10 (1)
Location: 4th Floor, 1638 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC


If this describes you, please send us your resume and cover letter providing relevant details (indicating the competition number #28-19 in email subject line). In your cover letter, please outline your interest and relevant experience for this role, and tell us where you heard about this opportunity. **if you are an internal candidate, please indicate “INTERNAL” in the subject line of the email**

FSGV is an equal opportunity employer. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please email your contact information to for follow-up.

Send your application to:
Lillian Chen (Clinical Services Manager, Vancouver)
Counselling and Trauma Services

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 gender expressions and identities, sexual orientations, visible minorities, Indigenous persons and persons with disabilities.