Women’s Counsellor (STV) Job Description

Job Summary:

The Stopping the Violence (STV) Counsellor provides individual and/or group counselling for women currently in or who have been involved in abusive relationships, are survivors of childhood abuse and/or are survivors of sexual assault.  Counsellor assesses impact on client, determines group readiness if applicable, and provides supportive and one-on-one counselling to woman, and her supportive partner if possible and applicable. The STV Counsellor is part of the Counselling Service Team and works closely with other ACAWS counsellors.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Intake and Assessment:
  2. Accept referrals from internal and external sources; ensure initial intake session held; prioritize service based on risk and need assessments.
  3. When necessary, provide and/or ensure provision of, interim supports for clients waiting on wait list, utilizing innovative service models, including Drop-In sessions, short-term support groups, referrals to other services, etc.
  4. Work with client to mutually identify the goals of supportive counselling, identify available service options, and plan for client’s successful conclusion of counselling;
  5. Determine additional support and resource needs of women and provide or refer out as appropriate; and
  6. Develop counselling plans according to each woman’s needs as identified and adapt to new situations that emerge.
  • Counselling:
  • Considering the individual situation, perspective and needs of each woman, and keeping in mind a woman’s right and responsibility to make her own choices, provide individual and/or group supportive counselling for women;
  • Provide service from the perspective that the safety of women and children has higher importance than keeping families together;
  • Ensure high-quality supportive counselling that considers the impact and dynamics of sexual assault, abuse, and family violence, multiple and intersecting diagnoses, and the need to hold perpetrators accountable for their actions; and
  • Provide referrals to other internal and/or community services where appropriate.
  • Community Outreach:
  • Provide workshops to various community groups, agencies, and other professionals, focusing on prevention and education.
  • Network with community agencies and groups.
  • Attend community committees where relevant to the STV program.
  • Participate in inter- and intra-agency case management, when appropriate.
  • Coordinate service delivery with other internal services.
  • Administration and Reporting:
  • Participate in all team meetings as required.
  • Submit statistical reports to Funder on time and accurately.  Keep record of stats submitted.
  • Submit to ACAWS, as requested, any supplemental reports about program and service delivery, such as the Annual General Meeting Report.
  • Other duties as required.

All Staff of the Agency will:

  1. Promote the growth and development of the Society
  2. Ensure the good reputation of the Society
  3. Ensure the ongoing fiscal integrity of the Society
  4. Commit to a Social Justice and/or Feminist approach when working with clients and community
  5. Conduct themselves professionally while at work, and refrain from activities outside of work that could negatively impact the reputation of the Society


  1. Bachelor’s Degree plus Stopping The Violence Certificate plus at least three years directly relevant counselling experience.
  2. At least three years of direct work experience with women survivors of abuse.
  3. Extensive knowledge and an excellent understanding of the cycle of violence, sexual abuse and assault, and the impact on women and children, as well as knowledge of post-traumatic stress disorder, vicarious trauma, and counter-transference, and how it affects the STV counsellor and program.
  4. Experience working with and facilitating groups.
  5. Work well with a wide age and cultural range of women.
  6. Completion of Successful Criminal Record Check.

Skills and Abilities:

  1. Non-judgmental and open-minded.
  2. Works effectively in crisis environment.
  3. Creative thinker.
  4. Clearly defined and ethical personal and professional boundaries.
  5. Able to work unsupervised and take initiative.
  6. Committed to enhancement of professional skills.
  7. Excellent oral and written communication skills including public speaking skills.
  8. Computer skills.
  9. Understand and exhibit a professional attitude.
  10. Ability to recognize when help is needed and seek it out.
  11. Work effectively with others, be a team player.