Hamilton and Welland, Canada

Psychotherapist/Counsellor for Victims or Survivors of Human Trafficking

Country: Canada
City: Hamilton and Welland
Physician Type: Psychotherapist

We are looking for French-speaking Psychotherapist for Centre de Sante Communautaire in Niagara Region (Welland, Hamilton, Niagara) to provide counseling intervention services to victims and/or survivors of human trafficking as well as direct services to victims of violence in all its forms. 

Job Category

Psychotherapist /Counsellor for Victims or Survivors of Human Trafficking
One (1) Permanent full-time position (35 hours /week)
Location: Hamilton or Welland with frequent travel between sites
Annual salary: $59, 586 – $ 71,790 $ (Bachelor’s degree); $ 63,063 $ – 75,979 $ (Master’s degree) Excellent benefits★

The Psychotherapist /Counsellor reports to the Specialized Services Director and the Coordinator of the Violence against Women (VAW) team. As a member of CSCHN’s multidisciplinary team, she always intervenes according to the principles of health promotion and the determinants of health to provide counselling intervention services to victims and/or survivors of human trafficking as well as direct services to victims of violence in all its forms.


  • Work within an anti-racism, anti-oppression, culturally and linguistically appropriate approach
  • Process program applications according to established procedures 
  • Identify the strengths and needs of victims and survivors and their families
  • Assess the safety of victims/survivors of human trafficking
  • Prepare service plans for clients based on their strengths and needs
  • Provide individual and group counseling to victims of human trafficking in collaboration with the VAW team
  • Facilitate presentations to the VAW team with the clinical manager according to procedures
  • Consult with the clinical manager during the probation period and according to the requirements of the professional college
  • Ensure that all client interventions are evaluated  and that the results are noted in their file 
  • Ensure that a service plan is developed and reviewed regularly   
  • Deliver psychoeducational programs in response to requests received 
  • Refer families/youth to specialized services as needed
  • Develop and facilitate therapeutic and support groups for victims and/or survivors and their families.
  • Organize workshops and activities aimed at raising awareness on issues related to human trafficking
  • Prepares reports and maintains records
  • Participate in peer review initiatives
  • Maintain program statistics for evaluation purposes
  • Focus on supporting victims and/or survivors of human trafficking who are hard to reach and struggling with the determinants of health. This includes vulnerable people at risk and those with complex needs in a many ways
  • Encourage victims and/or survivors in identifying their needs and in achieving their individual goals and means to improve their personal and socioeconomic situations
  • Provide referrals of victims and/or survivors to appropriate services and ensure liaisons with community agencies
  • Develop promotional and educational resources against human trafficking 
  • Collaborate with existing resources to ensure quality in the services provided
  • Work in collaboration with the VAW  team while considering the social determinants of health
  • Assist clients in developing basic skills (i.e., improving physical, social and mental health and wellbeing, communication and problem solving) and helping them develop independent living skills (i.e., finding and managing housing, making and attending appointments) 
  • Performs all other related work as assigned or required

Required technical knowledge

    • Knowledge/Understanding of the issues and challenges of French language services in a minority setting
    • Knowledge of the reality of gender violence and the issues of human trafficking 
    • Knowledge of the feminist approach to violence against women
    • Ability to manage complex and crisis situations
    • Knowledge in public awareness and event planning
    • Knowledge of strategies implemented by the government of Ontario related to human trafficking 

Qualifications and other requirements 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work or related fields from a recognized institution
  • Be a member in good standing or in the process of becoming a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)
  • Excellent knowledge of oral and written French and English
  •  Have extensive knowledge of existing community services and networks
  • Show a demonstrated belief in CSCHN’s mission, vision, and values
  • Possess at least two (2) years’ experience working in human services, as well as an understanding and belief in the abilities of individuals afflicted with mental health and complex health and social issues 
  • Knowledge and experience in mental health, addictions and Indigenous cultural practices are assets as well as bilingualism and lived experience
  • Good organizational, communication and ethical sense
  • Open-mindedness and respectful to other cultures
  • Demonstrate autonomy, interpersonal skills and creativity
  • Be committed to engaging with difficult to reach and underserved populations
  • Demonstrate strong aptitude for creativity and out-of-the box thinking and willingness to explore new and unique ways of service delivery
  • Be skilled at working independently and be comfortable working  within a multidisciplinary team
  • Be  available to work days, evenings and weekends as required, and remain flexible to work after hours
  • A valid First Aid & CPR certificate would be an asset
  • Have a valid driver’s license and  use of a vehicle with proof of appropriate insurance;
  • Provide a clean Police Vulnerable Person Criminal Record Check (PVSC).

Please send your resume and cover letter in English or French by email to kaizen@mdsearch.ca. 

Our benefits package includes 

  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off (min 3 weeks paid vacation and 10 sick days)
  • All paid statutory holidays + Civic Day and Easter Monday
  • RRSP match
  • Vision care
  • Wellness program
  • Seniority recognition
  • Salary increase and much more