The Catherine White Holman Wellness Centre (CWHWC) is a holistic health care centre serving transgender and gender-diverse communities. It operates on a volunteer basis and works within an anti-oppressive social justice framework. At the CWHWC, we aim to provide low-barrier wellness services to trans and gender diverse people in a way that is respectful and celebratory of clients’ identity and self-expression.
Position: Volunteer Counsellor
We are looking for a Registered Clinical Counsellor or Registered Social Worker who brings experience working with trans and gender diverse clients and/or lived experience as a trans or non-binary person.
We offer short term and drop-in counselling. You’ll need to have some experience working with individuals experiencing suicidality, substance misuse, poverty, and other types of marginalization that affect trans people. Knowledge of systems of care and current relevant BC legislation around trans rights is helpful too.
Our counselling team operates from an anti-oppressive, intersectionality-aware, trauma informed, strength based and social justice framework. You’ll be supported in your work through individual and group supervision, as well as consultation with an multi-disciplinary team of people who are informed and passionate about providing respectful trans care.
All counsellors on our team need to hold active registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, BC College of Social Workers, or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and hold appropriate insurance for practice.
We ask all our team members to commit to at least one year. Counsellors are asked to attend two clinics per month if possible (total of 6-8 hours per month), plus one clinical supervision meeting every two months. Individual supervision is available as needed.
- Knowledge and experience pertaining to counselling trans and gender diverse people
- Knowledge and experience practicing within an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed framework
- Strong interpersonal and interdisciplinary skills
- Collaborative and collegial approach
- Comfort with self-reflection and continued learning in the context of clinical supervision
Diversity and equity
The CWHWC is strongly committed to equity and diversity, and respects the experience and wisdom that comes from lived experience. At this time, we especially welcome applications from trans women and individuals on the trans-feminine spectrum, Indigenous people, Black people and people of colour, people with disabilities, nonbinary, trans and queer individuals, and people with intersectional identities.
A full accessibility audit has been completed for our space. For details, please see: goo.gl/F3sYCw
We recognize the importance of accessibility for clients and volunteers. If you have an accessibility need that is not addressed by our accessibility report, feel free to let us know and we’ll actively work to meet your need.
Posting date: February 19, 2017
Closing date: March 6, 2017
Position start date: ASAP
Please send letter of interest and resume (attn: Selection Committee) to firstname.lastname@example.org.