SAIP Counsellor

Website NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society is currently looking for a part-time SAIP Counsellor.

NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society supports commitments of Indigenous families in self-determination and decision- making processes over their own families and children. Our staff are committed to ensuring the safety of children, strengthening family relations, and enhancing the well-being of members of the South Vancouver Island First Nations communities.

NIȽTU,O provides a full health and dental benefits package, Public Service Pension Plan, and a company cell phone.

*Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry*

Position Summary:

The SAIP Counsellor, provides assessment, treatment and support services to Indigenous children and youth under the age of 19 who have been sexually abused and intervention for Indigenous children under the age of 12 who are displaying problematic sexualized behaviors.

They will use a variety of therapeutic techniques when directly working with Indigenous children, youth, and families. In addition to providing direct client services the SAIP contractor provides education, awareness and prevention training to Indigenous children, youth and families/caregivers in the communities we serve, engages with a variety of community partners to promote awareness and prevention pertaining to sexual abuse, and provides education around sexual abuse to Indigenous children, youth and families.

You will be responsible for developing and implementing public education and prevention workshops for adults and youth in the communities we serve. You will work in partnership with our Coast Salish Communities on designing programs to address community education needs around optimal family functioning in the context of cultural norm and practices.

A summary of duties includes the following:

  • Interview the child / youth and their family, review records, and confer with other professionals to evaluate each client’s mental and emotional condition to determine their suitability for participation in the SAIP program.
  • Meeting with children and their families to assess their needs for on-site counselling and support as well as access to other community-based services.
  • Interview clients to gather information about their backgrounds, needs, and history as it relates to sexual abuse.
  • Collaborate with other professionals to assess client needs for SAIP support services.
  • Develop client specific SAIP program supports based on research, clinical experience, and client histories.
  • Develop and document individual SAIP plans for each child / youth with measurable and realistic goals.
  • Establishing goal setting for the child, family, community and caregivers to plan an ongoing and holistic service delivery that will meet the emotional needs of the child.
  • Use information derived from the screening and assessment of clients to Refer children or youth to other clinical services when their needs are assessed to be beyond the scope of the SAIP program.
  • Provide direct counselling and supports services to children/youth.
  • Conduct individual counselling from a trauma-informed perspective and in the context of sensitivity to the multi-generational impact of colonization on indigenous people.
  • Counsel clients individually to assist them in healing from the trauma of their historical sexual abuse experiences.
  • Provide up to date information and education to parents and caregivers of clients on normative child/youth sexual development and health.
  • Review and evaluate each clients’ progress in relation to measurable goals described in SAIP support plans.
  • Intervene as an advocate for clients to resolve emergency problems in crisis situations.
  • Coordinate counseling efforts with mental health professionals or other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, or social workers.
  • Modify SAIP support plans to comply with changes in client’s status.
  • Provide consultation/liaison with other community agencies, schools, hospitals, and the Coast Salish Communities served by NIȽTU,O.

You will report to the Community Service Manager – Clinical Programs and collaborate with the NIȽTU,O Management team.

Education and Work Experience:

  • A Master’s degree in counselling psychology, human services, social work, child and youth care or a related field.
  • Specialized training and/or experience in evidence-based child sexual abuse treatment, e.g., Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Expressive Therapy for children under 12.
  • Current professional registration.
  • A minimum of three years counselling experience with children, youth and families.
  • Experience with developing materials and maintaining partnership regarding awareness and education of issues surrounding sexual abuse.
  • Specialized knowledge and experience in working with child, youth and families who have been impacted by sexual abuse.
  • Group leadership or workshop facilitation skills/experience.
  • Ability and willingness to incorporate cultural activities and resources into all aspects of service to clients and communities.
  • Play or art therapy training and experience an asset.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Computer literacy on MS Word, Excel, and file/case management system.
  • Ability to write detailed reports.
  • Ability to track and manage financial expenditures.
  • Valid Driver’s license with a positive driver’s abstract and will be expected to travel for work.
  • A clean Criminal Record Check.
  • Full vaccination required as per NIȽTU,O COVID-19 Policy.
  • Lived experience as a member of an Indigenous community and/or substantial cultural competencies with lived experience of engaging in and maintaining intercultural affiliations will be considered an asset.
  • Practice rooted in social justice, Indigenous and anti-oppressive approaches to working with communities, families, and individuals.
  • In depth knowledge of the intergenerational trauma that occurs as a result of colonization, including the impacts of the Indian Act, Residential School Sixties Scoop, and other oppressive systems and structures.
  • Indigenous cultural safety training or equivalent lived experience.
  • Trauma informed practice education or experience would be an asset.
  • Good knowledge of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action, The Royal Commission on Indigenous People, The Indian Act and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Knowledge of Coast Salish First Nations culture and history, specifically NIȽTU,O Member Nations.
  • Willingness to participate in Coast Salish Frist Nation cultural activities as appropriate.


  • Extended Health and Dental Benefits (Premium Paid by the Agency)
  • PSPP Pension Plan.
  • Three weeks of vacation on joining that increases with length of service.


  • Compensation Commensurate with Experience.
  • $32.00-$46.00 per hour

Please provide a cover letter with your application outlining any Aboriginal ancestry (if applicable).

Preference will be given to applicants of Indigenous ancestry as per Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code. Please include “self-identified” if you are voluntarily identifying yourself as a First Nation, Metis, or Inuk (Inuit).

Job Types:

Part-time, Permanent


Monday to Friday

COVID-19 considerations:
Full vaccination required as per NIȽTU,O COVID-19 Policy.

Application question(s):

  • Are you legally eligible to work in Canada?
  • How many years of experience do you have working in Indigenous organizations or communities?
  • How many years of experience do you have working as a SAIP Counsellor?
  • If applicable, describe any experience you have in creating awareness in the areas of sexual abuse?
  • Have you included a cover letter with your application?


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