Salary Range:

$70,000 - $75,000

Submit By:

Friday, April 14th, 2023

Submit To:

The Organization

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

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.

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 Counsellor / Psychotherapist will be responsible for providing counselling and psychotherapy services to survivors of sexual and/or gender-based violence. Working from a client-centered and trauma-informed framework, the Counsellor / Psychotherapist will also provide additional supports, such as referrals and service navigation to other support services, where required.

Overview of Role and Responsibilities

The Counsellor/Psychotherapist will:

  • Provide culturally appropriate counselling/psychotherapy services to survivors of 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.
  • 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 survivors 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 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.
  • A minimum of three (3) years experience in mental health 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 trauma.
  • Experience working with racialized, marginalized, and/or underserved communities.
  • Proficiency in the use of appropriate client file management systems.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Requirements and Working Conditions

  • Police records check- vulnerable sector screening
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle
  • Ability to manage work pressures associated with difficult situations and/or deadlines
  • Will involve a combination of remote and onsite work

Salary Ranged Benefits:

The salary range for this position 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 Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references in confidence to by the end of the day Friday, April 14th, 2023. Please include ‘Counsellor’ in the subject line.
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.

ORCC is an equal opportunity employer, and we pride ourselves on being inclusive and meeting our obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code. We welcome applications from candidates from diverse backgrounds. If any job candidate requires an accommodation to participate in this recruitment process, please feel free to indicate your needs to Candice Shaw (