Clinical Counsellor (Arabic-Speaking)

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Job region: 
Eastern Ontario
Application Deadline: 
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 5:00pm
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Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) supports immigrants and refugees through the journey of making Canada their home by providing creative and responsive programs that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, by building community through mutual respect and partnerships, and by fostering healthy and inclusive spaces for open dialogue and healing

Position Summary:

The Clinical Counsellors are primarily responsible for the provision of counselling services to immigrants and refugees presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences. Counselling may be delivered in individual, couples, family, and group counselling formats. The Counsellor is also responsible for all related administrative duties, consultation and liaison with the referring agency and accessing other resources to best assist the client.

Reports to: Counselling Program Manager


Within the framework of the Counselling Program, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide theoretically informed and culturally responsive counselling interventions, for clients presenting with a wide variety of issues arising from pre and post migration experiences
  • Provide crisis counselling intervention in emergency situations
  • Participate in case conferences with various professionals in the mental health community
  • Make appropriate referrals to other community resources
  • Provide accountability through oral and written reports of client progress


  • Master Degree in a social science field such as Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, or Social Psychology, or a combination of a related Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience
  • Minimum of three year’s relevant related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work from a clear foundation in the theoretical orientation of the client’s choice as appropriate
  • Knowledgeable in alternative non-western models of healing that will enhance and expand our culturally relevant counselling services
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate the client’s cultural preferences and culturally appropriate healing practices into the counselling process
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of pre and post migration issues and their impact on the therapeutic alliance and on the counselling process
  • Demonstrated ability to provide intervention in individual, couple, family, and group settings in house and in schools
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively and clearly report on the client’s therapeutic process in clinical files
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in professional case conferences and provide appropriate clinical reports
  • Demonstrated ability to provide service statistics
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clinical intervention in Arabic is essential
  • Knowledge of other languages considered an asset

This is a part-time contract position
Duration: From November 2016 to March 2017 (subject to renewal)

Hours: 3 - 4 days per week.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and a resume by 5:00 p.m. on November 11th , 2016 to:

Agnes Wedrychowicz
H.R. Coordinator


Fax: 613-288-2674

Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization encourage applications from qualified people of all backgrounds, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. Accessible formats and communication supports are available upon request. Please contact the HR Coordinator at 613-725-5671, ext. 398.

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