Healthy Families Counsellor (Maternity Leave Coverage)

Deltassist Family & Community Services
Delta, BC
Full-time, Temporary


Please be advised that this is a maternity leave coverage position.

Start Date: December 2019

End Date: January 2021



Deltassist is a mission-driven, community-based, non-profit society and the incumbent in this position must be able to commit to the Mission and Values of the Society, and work within a child/family-centred, strength-based, service model.

Working as part of a team and employing a “Cognitive-Behavioural/Systems/Strategic” framework the Healthy Families Counsellor is responsible for an assigned caseload and, in conjunction with the client: conducts a comprehensive strengths/needs focused assessment; and develops and implements a comprehensive, “holistic”, and intervention plan with specified goals that address, are sensitive to, and respect the client’s individual circumstances. Service delivery may occur in “outreach” (in clients’ homes and/or other community settings) and/or “office-based” locations and includes, but is not limited to, “traditional” (individual, group, and family) counselling modalities; education/skills training; as well as provision of direct assistance/support to clients in accomplishing daily tasks; and, advocacy on client’s behalf.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides intensive, family-centred, outreach, intervention programs with the objective of assuring the safety of the child/children in their own homes, or, in other safe living environments, (i.e. extended family, foster family, etc.) by enhancing parental effectiveness and facilitating the empowerment of the family as the primary child-rearing.
  • Responds to and completes a preliminary assessment of family situation within 24-48 hour period of receiving referrals.
  • Identifies and assesses existing family/individual strengths, and any issues of safety that would preclude a child being maintained in their biological parent or guardian’s home.
  • In situations where safety issues cannot be resolved, the worker facilitates healthy, positive, and consistent relationships with biological parents or guardians to the extent this is possible.
  • Develops and implements intervention programs that are based on a comprehensive assessment.
  • Employs cognitive-behavioural techniques such as skill acquisition/development through training and modeling; cognitive-restructuring of dysfunctional thought patterns, attitudes and beliefs; Functional Family Therapy; and, facilitation and support of change through direct action (e.g. accompanying, advocating and supporting clients in accessing and utilizing community resources).
  • Provides services within a ethno-cultural framework, so that the family’s culture and spirituality are integrated into the service plan perspective, this may include the involvement of significant others such as First Nation Elders, members of faith groups, or other persons identified by the family that play a significant cultural or spiritual role in their lives.
  • Works cooperatively with the family and the Ministry of Children and Family Development to develop a family treatment plan that includes mutually agreed upon goals and objectives for the family’s treatment. These goals and objectives will be directly related to the circumstances that led to an “at-risk” status for the children and will: (1) Address the most immediate concerns of the family and MCFD; (2) Reflect the family’s agenda for change, including developing and facilitating links to needed internal and external resources through the family’s community in order to maintain, support, and, directly ensure the safety of the children in the home, (i.e. school, church, neighbours, elders).
  • Provide evidence in court as required.
  • Completes all documentation in the time frame and format required by Deltassist.
  • Participates in the evaluation of services provided, planning activities and other continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Performs other duties as may be directed



  • Masters Degree in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work


  • Experience, both in-office and on an outreach basis, employing cognitive behavioural, systemic and structural therapeutic frameworks with individuals, families, and children with multiple issues.
  • Experience in the areas of Substance Misuse, Relationship Violence, Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention, Crisis intervention with individuals and families.
  • Experience working in environments employing Integrated Case Management and Strength-Based Approaches.
  • Experience working with both voluntary and “involuntary” clients.
  • Demonstrated assessment skills, service plan development, and implementation skills.


  • Ability to work independently, and as part of a multidisciplinary team, within an organization that requires flexibility, initiative, creativity and demands individual accountability.
  • Familiarity with the BC Risk Assessment Model, the “Integrated Case Management Model” and “Strength-Based” Assessment Intervention Approaches.
  • Ability to manage stress effectively.
  • Ability to use a computer effectively to provide clear, thorough documentation of the intervention process and to meet other established documentation requirements.
  • Use and maintenance of own automobile, in safe operating condition, to meet service requirements.
  • Confidence, assertiveness and a good sense of humour.
  • CPR/First Aid Level One. Please indicate your interest in this position by submitting a cover letter and resume to ruthu at

Job Types: Full-time, Temporary

Salary: $35.15 /hour


  • Master's Degree (Required)
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