Good Shepherd Centres Hamilton, a ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, strives to enhance the quality of life for all who seek assistance and support in our community. A Permanent Full Time position at the Community Support Services for Women and Children program (30 Pearl St. N.) currently exists in the role of:
Learning Effective Anti-Violence in Families (LEAF) Facilitator
Hours of work: Up to 80 hours every 2 weeks, including evenings and weekends.
Good Shepherd Women’s Services, through its various programs, is seeing increasing numbers of children who have experienced trauma, witnessed or experienced abuse and are living in poverty. The LEAF program is a psycho-educational program designed to support children up to 17 years of age who witness woman abuse, and to provide individual and family counselling addressing the complexities these children face. The LEAF facilitator also works with mothers and caregivers, providing insight on the impacts of woman abuse on children and support with developing healthy, meaningful relationships between caregiver and child.
The LEAF program operates two mega-leaf sessions a year in partnership with Catholic Family Services and Mission Services, and one to two smaller sessions with Mission Services and/or internal to Women’s Services as necessary. The LEAF facilitator will also work with colleagues and partners to develop unique programming for children and women within the VAW programs, as necessary. Our LEAF program often works closely with community stakeholders, including schools, other VAW agencies, child welfare and family court systems. The facilitator collects statistical information for both internal and external reporting requirements.
The challenge in this job is two-fold: 1) communication and coordination with external agencies, including joint public education, program intakes and program delivery; 2) engaging children to provide individualized counselling and therapeutic interventions to a diverse range of emotional and physical responses to trauma. The rewards of this work include seeing the resiliency within children and families as they recover; seeing how your role fits within the larger social justice work of the department; and, joining a passionate, innovative outreach services team.
Minimum requirements include two years of children’s therapeutic counselling and a completed post-secondary education in social services or related program; an MSW with a focus on children and their families is an asset. CPR/First Aid is required; ASK suicide prevention is an asset. A valid driver’s license and the ability to drive Good Shepherd vehicles is required. Fluency in a second language is an asset.
Included in your application, please send me a 1 page letter indicating your qualifications and answering the question “Why are you passionate about working with children who have experienced trauma?” Send the internal application to:
Assistant Director, Good Shepherd Centres – Women’s Services, 30 Pearl St. N.
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Good Shepherd is an equal opportunity employer operating within an anti-racist and anti-oppression framework. We strive to establish workplaces that reflect and are enhanced by the rich diversity of the community we serve.
Good Shepherd welcomes and encourages applications from all people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. If you are in need of accommodations, please contact Human Resources at 905-528-5877 ex 2265 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .