PEI Rape & Sexual Assault Centre

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The Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) is a feminist, non-profit, government funded organization providing individual and group counselling across the province to adult and youth (16+) survivors of all genders of recent or historic sexual violence. PEIRSAC is partnering with the Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI (AWAPEI), to hire an Indigenous trauma therapist to respond to Indigenous women and gender diverse people’s psychosocial needs on-reserve (Abegweit and Lennox Island) and off-reserve (Charlottetown), fusing both clinical Western and traditional Indigenous methodologies of care and support to provide holistic and culturally safe trauma therapy. The incumbent will also facilitate relationship- and capacity-building between and within both organizations through sharing knowledge, expertise, and skills; and will be required to facilitate training  and support to Elders as they provide services, possibly exposing themselves to vicarious trauma. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle to travel to the three locations on PEI is required, and the flexibility to work with clients remotely via phone and/or other technology when required.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated experience working with Indigenous populations
  • Knowledge of PEI First Nation communities
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling (or other applicable program) with valid registration for Prince Edward Island with your relevant professional organization
  • Excellent assessment, interviewing, and counselling skills with a minimum 3 years of social work or other counselling experience in a health care setting or social service agency with victims of sexualized violence, trauma, and abuse
  • Solid interpersonal skills that allow one to work with people sensitively, tactfully, diplomatically, and professionally in diverse working environments
  • High level of sound and independent judgment, reasoning, and discretion; strong ethics including a commitment to client confidentiality
  • The ability to make independent decisions when circumstances require, including recognizing limits to their professional competency and when to refer
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle, and willingness to travel a minimum twice a week to rural reserves (with mileage compensation based on provincial rates)
  • The flexibility and capacity to work remotely from home or office as required (due to public health directives, weather, client preference, etc.)
  • Computer literacy, including effective working skills of MS Word, Excel, and e-mail (experience on OWL Online Practice platform an asset)
  • Bilingualism is an asset
Job Duties

In collaboration with other team members, the INDIGENOUS THERAPIST will be responsible for providing intake, on-going assessment, and therapeutic services in Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nation Health Centres and the PEIRSAC Charlottetown office. In this role the therapist will:

  • respond to requests and referrals for therapy;
  • conduct initial consultation interviews with persons requesting service;
  • maintain a caseload of clients for short- and long-term trauma informed, individual therapy;
  • provide crisis, brief and/or extended person-centered, strength-based, culturally safe, clinical trauma therapy to on-reserve and urban Indigenous women and gender diverse survivors (age 16+) of sexual violence, fusing both western clinical and Indigenous healing modalities;
  • work in cooperation with other professionals when appropriate;
  • maintain records and files on clients, for the purpose of facilitating the therapeutic process;
  • maintain job-related statistics and timesheets as required;
  • attend monthly staff meetings;
  • attend monthly clinical peer meetings;
  • meet regularly with clinical consultant (budget provided for this purpose);
  • meet regularly with the Executive Director for supervision;
  • keep current in professional development on trauma issues and counselling (budget provided);
  • be familiar with and follow PEIRSAC Policies, especially Therapy Policies and Procedures;
  • provide consultation with PEIRSAC board and clinical staff regarding the history and traumatic intergenerational impacts of colonization, including: residential schools, the sixties scoop, murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, and how to best respond organizationally and therapeutically in a culturally appropriate and safe manner;
  • participate in knowledge and culture sharing events between PEIRSAC and AWAPEI;
  • other activities requested by the Executive Director (time and workload permitting)

We are hiring - Trauma Therapist Charlottetown
Trauma Therapist Charlottetown Office

 .8 FTE - Term until Oct 2021


In collaboration with other team members, the candidate will be responsible for providing intake, on-going assessment, group, and individual therapeutic services. 

Minimum Masters degree in Counselling/Social Work, 2 years clinical experience.

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We are hiring!
INDIGENOUS THERAPIST (.8 FTE = 30 hours per week)

Term: 3-year contract

Salary Range: $52,000-58,000

Closing Date: Open until filled 
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PEIRSAC is seeking an individual with a Master’s degree in social work, counselling psychology, or similar, with current good standing with a PEI professional regulator. The ideal incumbent will have at least three years of trauma-focused counselling with Indigenous (preferably Mi’kmaq) clients, and therefore knows the history and traumatic intergenerational impacts of colonization, including (but not limited to) residential schools, the sixties scoop, and murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. The incumbent must be able to demonstrate how they work from a therapeutic approach that is decolonizing, intersectionally feminist, strengths-based, person-centred, non-pathologizing, and tailored to each person’s individual context, e.g. racialized and gendered experiences, socio- economic class, dis/ability, sexual/affectional orientation, spiritual and cultural worldview.

First Nations, Inuit or Métis candidates will be given priority; please self-identify.
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