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VAST operates with the generous support of our institutional partners and individual donors. We direct our individual donations to our community-based programs with men, women, and children who arrive in British Columbia from over 60 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. VAST is a Registered Charity, and  a tax-deductable receipt can be provided to you for your donation.

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VAST promotes the human rights and mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, and political opinion. We provide trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support, as well as public education and advocacy.

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VAST operates with the generous support of a committed group of volunteers. Volunteers serve on our Board of Directors and sub-committes, and support  our community-based programs. Become a volunteer at VAST, and become part of a community dedicated to promoting the human rights and mental health of refugees throughout British Columbia.

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The Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) promotes the human rights and mental health of refugees who arrive in British Columbia with trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, and political opinion. We promote mental health and healing through trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support for individuals and families, and promote human rights through public education and advocacy campaigns on the rights of refugees and the prevention of torture.

WE ARE HIRING! 

We have job openings for two Clinical Counsellors and one Case Coordinator. Please see the “News” section  below for more details.

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We are accepting applications for three (3) positions: two Clinical Counsellors and one Case Coordinator. The application deadline for all positions is Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11:59pm. Please scroll down to see both postings.

JOB POSTING

Organization Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
Position Clinical Counsellor (2 positions available)
Location Vancouver, BC
Hours 30 hours/week (7.5 hours/day – Monday-Thursday)
Salary $58,500 annual + benefits (pro-rated to 4 days/week = $46,800)
Application Deadline Monday, July 28, 2014 (at 11:59pm)
Reporting Reports to the Executive Director

 

Since 1986, the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) has assisted thousands of refugees who have experienced trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution through trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support. VAST is one of the only organizations in BC providing community-based mental health support to refugees, and is a member centre of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

Job Summary

The Clinical Counsellor provides trauma-focused psychological counselling for individuals and families who arrive in BC as refugees. S/he works within a team composed of the Executive Director, a second Clinical Counsellor, and a Case Coordinator to provide intake and assessment, individual and group counselling, and referrals to and from other community-based supports for refugees, including legal, health, housing, social, and settlement services.

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct intakes and assessments, using a clinical interview and standardized measurements, to assess current symptomology and psychosocial functioning; and to facilitate treatment planning and outcome monitoring;
  • Provide psycho-legal assessments and letters to lawyers for the refugee claim process;
  • Provide individual counselling focused on reducing trauma-related symptoms and increasing psychosocial functioning;
  • Provide group counselling focused on the psychosocial dimensions of the refugee claim resettlement processes, such as the barriers to providing testimony, securing housing and employment, and creating community;
  • Participate in case consultations and clinical supervision sessions with other VAST team members;
  • Maintain written and electronic client records in hard copy files and digital database;
  • Facilitate, with VAST’s Executive Director, workshops on refugee mental health for legal, health, social, and settlement service providers;
  • Represent VAST at community consultations for the health and settlement sectors;
  • Provide statistical and narrative information on the clinical program for clinical evaluation, funding applications and reports, and research;
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology or Social Work or equivalent, and professional membership with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors or the British Columbia College of Social Workers or equivalent provincial accreditation body;
  • Minimum of 5 years experience as a clinical counsellor in a cross-cultural setting, preferably with immigrants or refugees;
  • Thorough knowledge of theoretical, evidence-based, and culturally-appropriate approaches to trauma and recovery;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct assessments and develop treatment plans using standardized measurement tools;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide individual and group counselling using trauma-focused treatment modalities, such as Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Exposure Therapy, somatic therapies, among others;
  • Demonstrated ability to intervene in crisis situations using professional judgement and ethical practice;
  • Experience in developing and delivering workshops;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social and psychological dimensions of forced migration and resettlement;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the refugee claim process;
  • Ability to speak a second language an asset.

Please send a resume and cover letter in one document in Microsoft Word to the attention of Dylan Mazur, Executive Director at dylan.mazur@vast-vancouver.ca Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.

For more information on VAST, please visit our website at www.vast-vancouver.ca

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

JOB POSTING

Organization Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)
Position Case Coordinator
Location Vancouver, BC
Hours 30 hours/week (7.5 hours/day – Monday-Thursday)
Salary $43,875 annual + benefits (pro-rated to 4 days/week = $35,100)
Application Deadline Monday, July 28, 2014 (at 11:59pm)
Reporting Reports to the Executive Director

 

Since 1986, the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) has assisted thousands of refugees who have experienced trauma as a result of torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution through trauma-focused psychological counselling and community-based psychosocial support. VAST is one of the only organizations in BC providing community-based mental health support to refugees, and is a member centre of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims.

Job Summary

The Case Coordinator acts as the first contact for all client referrals received by, and made to, legal, health, social, and settlement service organizations. S/he works within a team composed of the Executive Director and two Clinical Counsellors to coordinate intakes and assessments, individual and group counselling, and referrals to and from other community-based support services for refugees.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all aspects of case management in collaboration with the Clinical Counsellors, including intake and assessment, individual and group counselling, and referrals;
  • Act as the first contact for clients who access the organization by phone, email, or in person;
  • Act as the first contact for legal, health, social, and settlement service providers who refer clients to the organization;
  • Book all individual and group counselling appointments;
  • Coordinate contracting, booking, and invoicing for all interpreters for individual and group counselling appointments;
  • Participate in case consultations with other VAST team members;
  • Maintain written and electronic client records in hard copy files and digital database;
  • Facilitate, with VAST’s Executive Director, workshops for legal, health, social, and settlement service providers;
  • Represent VAST at community consultations for the health and settlement sectors;
  • Provide statistical and narrative information for funding applications and reports;
  • Perform other duties as requested.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, preferably in social work or other allied health profession, and 2-3 years experience in a front-line service organization, or an equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a team on coordinated case or treatment plans;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and maintain client records in hard copy files and electronic databases;
  • Proficiency in working with Microsoft Excel and online databases;
  • Knowledge and understanding of health, housing, social, and settlement services for marginalized and low-income persons in Metro Vancouver;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the social and psychological dimensions of forced migration and resettlement;
  • Knowledge and understanding of the refugee claim process an asset;
  • Ability to speak a second language an asset.

Please send a resume and cover letter in one document in Microsoft Word to the attention of Dylan Mazur, Executive Director at dylan.mazur@vast-vancouver.ca Please put the job title in the subject line of your email.

For more information on VAST, please visit our website at www.vast-vancouver.ca

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


 

Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST)

#301-740 Nicola St. Vancouver, BC V6G 2C1 Canada

Phone: 604-299-3539     Fax: 604-684-5683

Toll-free: 1-866-393-3133

Email: dylan.mazur@vast-vancouver.ca