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Child, Youth and Family Counsellor - South Okanagan

Full Time
11 days ago
26 to 29.500 per hour

arc programs is currently accepting applications for a Child and Youth Care Counsellor to join the SOAR Wrap team in the South Okanagan.

The Child and Youth Care Counsellor (CYCC) will implement service goals designed to support children and youth in care and their families, their foster caregivers, and other out of care caregivers. Through recreation based programming  while using a variety of modalities, they will work to improve the daily functioning, self-regulation skills, life skills, and other assessed needs of youth in care , to support the stability of their family care placements. 

While this position is based out of Penticton, services are provided on an outreach basis throughout the South Okanagan (Summerland to Osoyoos).

Hours / Schedule >

Averaging 40-hours per-week

Service hours will be delivered on a flexible basis, including some evening and weekend hours as necessary to best support the needs of the clients and program.

Responsibilities >

Using an outreach, community-based, family-centered service delivery approach, CYCC’s will:

  • Implement individual service goals created by the SOAR Wrap Child, Youth and Family Counsellor.  
  • Promote healthy relationships between youth-in-care and their caregivers  to reduce conflict in the home.
  • Provide support to biological parents and caregivers to improve their resiliency, and their ability to manage the youth’s challenging behaviours and complex needs.
  • Provide support and encouragement to assist youth in overcoming personal challenges.
  • Facilitate youth engagement in pro-social peer relationships and activities.
  • Engage youth in recreational activities.
  • Provide support and education to youth-in-care to improve their development and functioning in activities of daily living, such as social emotional learning, social skills, school, employment, domestic skills, community / leisure / recreational engagement, mental health and sexual health.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Collaborating with MCFD Social Workers, service providers and community partners to provide comprehensive goal-focused interventions.
  • Implementing and maintaining required case management and clinical records.
  • Building relationships and connections within the community to improve service integration.
  • Applying culturally safe and agile, trauma informed, relational and person / family-centered modalities.

Qualifications >

A bachelor’s degree in a Social Services or Human Services discipline (ie: BSW, CYC, BA in Psychology etc.) with a minimum of 2-years relevant experience is strongly preferred.

Candidates with a diploma in a Social Services discipline, with a minimum of 3-years experience directly related to working with children and youth may be considered.  

Candidates must possess a valid Driver's License, and a sound personal vehicle to provide outreach support, and transportation for families when required.

Successful applicants will be subject to a screening process, including a criminal record search, to confirm suitability for the position.

Other Skills and Attributes:

  • Knowledge and demonstrated understanding of strengths-based family systems and attachment-based support.
  • Able to establish trusting relationships with youth and their families.
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience working with caregivers and/or families in a therapeutic role.
  • Understanding of relevant treatment modalities such as Collaborative and Proactive Solutions.

Wage / Benefits >

$26.00 - $29.50 per hour, based on relevant experience and education.

Upon successful completion of a probationary period, full-time employees (minimum 20-hrs per week) are eligible for a full benefit package (including dental plan, vision coverage, life insurance, extended medical coverage, long-term disability plan, and RRSP contributions).

New full-time employees are eligible for 3-weeks paid vacation, as well as paid sick days as described in agency policy.

Why choose arc programs as your employer?

arc programs is an equal-opportunity employer. We promote the diversity of our staff teams and requires all employees to demonstrate cultural agility and safety to the diversity of all populations we serve.

For more information about SOAR Wrap, or arc programs, please visit our website at

Please be aware that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


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