Family Preservation Counsellor

Website Vancouver Aboriginal Child & Family Services Society

Reporting to a Family Preservation Clinical Supervisor, the Family Preservation Counsellor (FPC) provides individual family preservation and reunification services as well as associated services to children, youth and families in the family home, community or at VACFSS.

The FPC receives referrals from VACFSS’s Child Protection or Guardianship programs. The FPC will work in partnership with the referring social worker and the child’s immediate and extended family to identify and build on strengths so that risks to child safety and wellbeing can be reduced and/or eliminated. This is enacted through practice by: (1) Gathering the Circle; (2) Listening, Assessing and Finding Solutions; (3) Creating Security, Belonging and Well-being; and (4) Keeping the Circle Strong.

The FPC will provide an intensive array of services over a short term either directly or through referrals to contractors or community partners to assist families in building upon their strengths and enhancing family functioning. The FPC in consultation with their Supervisor will also assist with therapeutic access or visit supervision, support families during court proceedings, and ensure case documentation is maintained accurately, fully and in a timely manner.

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