Salary Range:

$70,000 - $75,000

Submit By:

February 16th, 2024

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The Organization

The Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (ORCC) provides services and supports to people in Ottawa and its surrounding areas who have experienced sexual and/or gender-based violence. As a Social Worker/Counsellor/Psychotherapist, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the evolution of the ORCC’s counselling services team as a historic, survivor-centered not-for-profit organization. You will be joining an organization that continues to uphold and navigate best practices in service delivery for individuals who have experienced sexual and gender-based violence.

It is a time of excitement, innovation, and growth for the organization. You will be a vital part of the ORCC’s efforts to broaden its reach to those in need of our services throughout the city as the organization implements new strategies to better serve BIPOC folks, the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community, newcomers, disabled individuals, the economically marginalized, and rural residents.

We encourage individuals from these communities and/or with extensive experience working alongside these communities to apply.

ORCC’s Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The ORCC is committed to operationalizing the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of its work. Every ORCC member will benefit from training and opportunities to make meaningful contributions in these areas. We invite people who embrace these values to join our team.

Role Summary and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director of Programs, the Social Worker/Counsellor/Psychotherapist will be responsible for providing counselling and psychotherapy services to individuals who have
experienced sexual and/or gender-based violence. Working from a client-centered and trauma-informed framework, the Social Worker/Counsellor/Psychotherapist will also provide
additional client supports such as referrals and service navigation to other support services, where required. While the primary focus of this role is individual counselling/psychotherapy,
there will be some opportunity to provide group sessions and work within community partner organizations to support clients.

As an essential member of the counselling team, the successful candidate will collaborate to understand and implement a team approach in providing holistic, client-centered, trauma- informed care to ORCC’s diverse clients.

Overview of Role and Responsibilities

The Social Worker/Counsellor/Psychotherapist will:

  • Provide culturally appropriate counselling/psychotherapy services to individuals who have experienced sexual and/or gender-based violence, according to ORCC counselling guidelines.
  • Provide quality client care consistent with best practices, agency standards, and trauma-informed and evidence-based approaches.
  • Utilize a variety of modalities to support clients’ healing journeys.
  • Provide individual counselling, group counselling, and, when needed, educational workshops.
  • Maintain complete clinical client records and collect accurate counselling statistics in the ORCC electronic client records database in accordance with ORCC policies.
  • Participate in staff and counselling team meetings and professional development activities.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled supervision meetings with the clinical supervisor.
  • Collaborate with community partners and provide referrals in accordance with ORCC policies for individuals who require services beyond the scope and mandate of the counselling program.
  • Contribute to ORCC’s culture by engaging in internal activities, sharing feedback, and bringing a problem-solving perspective.


The successful candidate will possess the following qualifications, skills and experience:

Education and Experience
Applicants must have a Master’s degree and be a Registered Psychotherapist or Registered Social Worker in good standing with the relevant college (CRPO or OCSWSSW).

  • Must be able to conduct the controlled act of psychotherapy.
  • Must be comfortable preparing and delivering group counselling
  • Must be comfortable providing service navigation and supports beyond individual counselling/psychotherapy
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience in mental health related services.
  • Previous experience working in the field of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • Specific experience and professional training in working with clients who have experienced extensive trauma.
  • Experience working with racialized, marginalized, and/or underserved communities.


  • Demonstrated ability to utilize short-term counselling modalities such as motivational interviewing, ACT, DBT, etc. and solution-focused approaches; knowledge of the principles and practices of counseling, and case management
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a trauma-informed, client-centered, anti-racist, anti-oppression framework; understanding of gender-based violence and its impact at multiple levels
  • Strong formal and informal risk assessment skills with an ability to form supportive relationships
  • Knowledge of integrated technology platforms and virtual care coordination tools and proficiency in the use of appropriate client file management systems
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility and to adapt when faced with internal or external barriers, or when faced with differing points of view
  • Capacity to anticipate next steps, be proactive and collaborate with coworkers and interest-holders
  • Ability to use good judgment and problem-solving skills, able to effectively respond to difficult situations and resolve conflicts with empathy
  • Ability to organize tasks and prioritize workload; effective time and task management skills in achieving program initiatives and priorities
  • Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment with co-workers, community providers and clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in oral and written English


  • Training in ASSIST, motivational interviewing, de-escalation techniques, trauma-sensitive approaches, specific counselling modalities or similar additional training is considered an asset
  • Fluency in a language other than English an asset

Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Police records check- vulnerable sector screening
  • This is hybrid role which will require both virtual and in-person tasks
  • Full-time (37.5hrs per week) or Part-time available
  • Monday to Friday typically during regular business hours
  • Some flexibility to attend events/community engagements outside of these hours
  • Will involve a combination of remote and onsite work

Salary Range and Benefits:

The salary range for this position as a Full-Time role is $70,000 – $75,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The ORCC provides a comprehensive health and dental package, generous leave entitlements, and professional development supports to its Full-time employees.

  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • Paid time off
  • RRSP match

For those interested in a part-time role, salary and any potential benefits can be negotiated and discussed on an individual basis using the above Full-Time information as a guide.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references in confidence by the end of the day Friday, February 16th, 2024, to Please clearly identify if your preference is for full-time or part-time employment as both options are available. Candidates are also asked to clearly outline their training in different counselling/psychotherapy modalities and to include their college (OCSWSSW/CRPO) registration number.

Interviews may commence on a rolling basis before the deadline for applications. No phone calls or emails, please. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.