Now Hiring Adult Counsellor

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to join our clinical team as a Counsellor (Adult).

About Us:

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is a voluntary, non-profit organization serving the Central Alberta region under the direction of a community-based Board of Directors.

We specialize in healing sexual trauma so you can talk freely about the hard stuff with no judgement. We provide a range of support services for individuals who are affected by sexual violence including counselling, play therapy, police and court support, crisis support and education.

Position: Counsellor (Adult)

Reports to: Clinical Coordinator

Job Type: Full Time – 12-month term-certain (maternity-leave), with possibility for extension

Location: Main Office, Red Deer, Alberta

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Hourly rate: $25-35/hr

Anticipated Start Date: November 2, 2020

Position Summary

The Counsellor is a collaborative member of the CASASC Clinical team who provides crisis, short-term, and long-term counselling services to those affected by sexual violence, regardless of the length of time since the trauma incident.

The role of the Counsellor is to provide individual or group sessions to support personal coping skills and accelerate recovery in those who are experiencing the after-effects of a trauma.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide crisis intervention, problem solving, and/or psycho-educational supports to individuals, groups, and/or families.
  • Provide goal directive supportive counselling in the client’s preferred format (in-person, telephone, or video chat)
  • Ensure safety planning is provided to according to agency standards
  • Provide community information, referrals, and services by accompaniment, in accordance with agency and professional standards.
  • Adhere to the code of ethics and standards of practice of both the agency and the applicable professional regulatory body.
  • Maintain digital records of topics covered and results of individual and/or group counselling activities in accordance with agency standards
  • Assist with crisis calls/webchats/texts, intakes, walk-ins, and/or visitor inquiries
  • Build strong working relationships with health services agencies, community organizations, and peers
  • Any other duties or tasks as assigned by the Clinical Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Psychology, Social Work or related diploma & professional registration (RSW, RPN). ** Preference for those with clinical experience and/or currently enrolled in a Master’s degree or post-Graduate program in Counselling **
  • 2-5 years working experience providing individual and group counselling/support
  • Experience with Case Management and Caseload Planning
  • Experience working with survivors of sexual abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, and/or mental health will be considered an asset.

Desired Skills:

  • Superior organizational & computer skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to set priorities, solve problems and be resourceful under pressure
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with complex cases
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Demonstrated crisis intervention skills
  • Availability to work flexible hours (days and some evenings)

Addition Requirements (must be valid at time of hire):

  • RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening

Benefits:

  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Work from home

How to Apply:

CASASC is an equal opportunity employer and we value the importance of diversity, dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace.

Email resume & cover letters with salary range expectations to hr@casasc.ca. Please ensure your name and job title are included in the subject line. Attachments must be in either PDF or Word (.doc/.docx) format.

We thank all applications for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: Wednesday October 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

CASASC welcomes new pet therapy dog

CASASC has a new furry face greeting clients as they enter the door.

Meet Oscar, a two-month-old Bernedoodle. He joined the CASASC team on October 5. Oscar is in training and is working with his handler on a daily basis to learn all of the ins and outs of supporting clients.

Now Hiring Community Support Services Coordinator

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to join our leadership team as the Community Support Services Coordinator.

About Us:

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is a voluntary, non-profit organization serving the Central Alberta region under the direction of a community-based Board of Directors.

We provide a range of support services for individuals who are affected by sexual violence including counselling, play therapy, police and court support, crisis support and education.

Position: Community Support Services Coordinator

Reports to: Executive Director

Direct reports: Educators (3), SART Team Lead, and Support Services Team Lead

Job Type: Full Time – permanent

Location:  Red Deer, AB & travel within Central Alberta

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Hourly rate: Determined based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: September 15th, 2020

Position Summary

The Community Support Services Coordinator (CSS Coord) is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Community Support Services department. This includes providing informal and formal supervision for all Educators, SART Team Lead, and Support Services Team Lead.  The CSS Coord will actively develop strong partnerships with schools, health services agencies, local businesses, community organizations and volunteers.

Responsibilities (include but not limited to):

  • General
    • Promote CASASC’s education programs & support services to external organizations by attending conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions, and/or trade shows.
    • Research all funding sources and projects requirements sponsorship grant applications
    • Provide reports for applications as required for special events & community initiatives
    • Research programming opportunities for the CASASC on an on-going basis
    • Responsible to the liaison and/or resource to other CASASC departments to promote and enhance the mission and vision of CASASC
    • Provide monthly & quarterly statistical reports to Executive Director, as required
  • Education & Prevention Services
    • Coordinate all bookings for CASASC education and prevention programs
    • Organize transportation and accommodations needs for all Educators
    • Analyze feedback data to develop statistical reports to Executive Director regarding the effectiveness of the education programs
    • Develop, prepare, and present specialized training programs as requested by community organizations and/or local businesses
  • Community Support Services (SART, Help Line, and Volunteers)
    • Provide oversight of the Sexual Assault Response Team
    • Provide administrative support to the SART Team Lead, SART Coordinator, and/or SANE nurses at Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre
    • Provide oversight of the 24/7 – Phone/Text/Webchat Help Line
    • Provide in-office oversight for volunteer recruiting, and training
    • Provide support to Help Line volunteers, Support Team Members & Team Lead

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Education, or related field. (Master’s degree or Post-Graduate certificate in Education, Management, or Leadership, preferred)
  • Minimum 5-10 years of experience in a supervisory role
  • Superior organizational & computer skills

Desired Skills:

  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity relating to issues of sexual violence prevention programs and/or mental health support services available in Alberta
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to set priorities, mediate disputes, solve problems while under pressure
  • Strong team leadership, supervisory and management skills
  • Functional knowledge of financial reporting and management budgets
  • Experience with public relations and public speaking

Addition Requirements (must be valid at time of hire):

  • RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • A valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory Driver’s abstract

CASASC offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and personal growth.

How to Apply:

CASASC is an equal opportunity employer and we value the importance of diversity, dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace.

Applications must include a resume and a cover letter with salary range expectations and can be emailed hr@casasc.ca

Please ensure your name and job title are included in the subject line. Attachments must be in either PDF or Word (.doc/.docx) format.

We thank all applications for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: Tuesday September 1st, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Supportive Reporting offers safe space

The Supportive Reporting Program is offered to survivors of historical sexual assault that have not yet reported the incident(s).

The RCMP works collaboratively with CASASC to arrange for a trauma-informed, plain clothes police officer to meet the client at a non-police location. When at this location, options for reporting the crime, providing a statement and initiating an investigation are discussed.

The CASASC Police, Community + Court Support Worker is an advocate and source of information for the client – that safe guiding presence throughout the process.

To offer these services to survivors, the RCMP unit collaborates with a number of agencies in Red Deer including the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, CASASC, Southern Alberta Integrated Child Exploitation Unit and the Red Deer Hospital Sexual Assault Response Team.

Find more info here about CASASC’s Police, Community + Court Support Program.

Now Hiring No Secrets Educator

CASASC is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to join our dynamic team as an Educator for our school-based program No Secrets.

Position: Educator – No Secrets

Reports to: Community Support Services Coordinator

Job Type: Full Time – 12-month term-certain (maternity-leave)

Location:  Red Deer, AB & occasional daily travel to schools within Central Alberta

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Hourly rate: Determined based on education and experience

Anticipated Start Date: Immediately

Position Summary

As a part of CASASC’s Education team, the Educator – No Secrets supports our goal to increase the personal safety of individuals through education and empowerment, which will prevent sexual violence.

Our school-based program No Secrets is a two-part personal safety program for students K-8 with a focus on child sexual abuse prevention. No Secrets Part 1 is for children ages 5-9 focusing on the topics of safe and unsafe touching, safe and unsafe secrets, body parts including private areas, feelings and who you can tell. No Secrets Part 2 is for youth ages 10-13 builds on topics from Part 1 while exploring the importance of a safety network, the foundations of a healthy relationship, body ownership and boundaries, and consent (education and empowerment).

This position is one part of the two-person No Secrets educational team. Each educator on the team is responsible for preparing and delivering either part of the No Secrets program, determined by the Community Support Services Coordinator.

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and deliver the No Secrets program by providing interactive and dynamic presentations using age-appropriate methods and activities.
  • Participate in community public education forums and/or events to promote the awareness of sexual violence issues
  • Provide program relevant statistical data for reports

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or a relevant diploma (EA/ELCC) with 1-2 years of related experience.
  • Exceptional presentation & public speaking skills
  • Ability to build rapport with children and youth ages 5-14 years old
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to work collaboratively in a team environment and/or independently
  • Superior time management skills, and the ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision
  • Proficient using computers and presentation equipment (incl. basic troubleshooting)
  • Availability to work occasional evenings/weekends for special events

Physical Demands:

  • Program planning and material distribution
  • Presentation set up & take down (tables, chairs, computers, projectors, etc)
  • Low level and waist level lifting to 20 lbs. as well as overhead reaching and above shoulder lifting, could also include trunk rotation and side carrying with either dominant or non-dominant hands
  • Frequent use of office equipment including computers, projectors, etc.
  • Sitting for long periods of time
  • Climbing stairs while carrying supplies

Addition Requirements (must be valid at time of hire):

  • RCMP Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • A valid Driver’s License with a satisfactory Driver’s abstract

CASASC offers a competitive compensation package along with professional development opportunities for innovation and personal growth.

How to Apply:

CASASC is an equal opportunity employer and we value the importance of diversity, dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace.

Email resume & cover letters with salary range expectations to hr@casasc.ca.

Please ensure your name and job title are included in the subject line. Attachments must be in either PDF or Word (.doc/.docx) format.

We thank all applications for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Application deadline: Friday August 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

PRIDEful Yoga + Meditation

It’s Central Alberta Pride and we are celebrating by getting down on our mats for a PRIDEful yoga + meditation practice.

Building off the momentum of the Central Alberta Yogathon, join us on Wednesday, August 12 over the lunch hour for an empowering + self-love themed yoga session.

This virtual one-hour practice will be led by Bailey Martineau (trauma-informed certified kids yoga teacher) and Sarah Maetche (yoga teacher in training).  It is designed for all abilities, ages and bodies.

PRIDEful is offered free-of-charge. Donations to CASASC are gratefully accepted.

A waiver will be sent out via email prior to the session. We will send out the link (via email) for the Zoom session to those registered on August 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Register here via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/prideful-yoga-meditation-with-casasc-tickets-114709180246

 

Now Hiring Summer Office Assistants

CASASC is hiring summer office assistants. Two seasonal full-time positions are open to candidates ages 15 – 30 who are returning students in the fall.

Find more information about this Canada Summer Jobs Program Opportunity here: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/jobsearch/jobpostingcsj/32660014

CASASC is an equal opportunity employer and we value the importance of diversity, dignity and worth of every individual in the workplace.

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Stefn Dodman hr@casasc.ca by Wednesday, July 22.

We thank all applications for their interest, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta supports CASASC

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) recently received a donation from Soroptimist International of Central Alberta.

CASASC Communications Specialist Sarah Maetche (left) accepted the $2,150 donation from a Soroptimist representative along with other receiving organizations on Thursday, June 25.

The funds were generated from the Vagina Monologues event held in February. The Soroptimists raised a total of $17,200 and channeled the funds to seven organizations that support women and girls in the central Alberta region.

5th Annual Central Alberta Yogathon – the Virtual Experience

Roll out your mat for a great cause May 23rd! FREE!

Sat, 23 May 2020
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM MDT
FREE

The Rotary Club of Red Deer Sunrise presents the 5th Annual Central Alberta Yogathon – the Virtual Experience, in support of the 35th Anniversary of Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre providing education and support to individuals, families & communities throughout Central Alberta.

Connect with Central Albertans for a powerful day of mindful movement, wellness & rejuvenation. a Registration is FREE and open to people of all ages and abilities . Create your own experience as you choose from 10 different yoga & yoga-related sessions, led by certified instructors. The event also features short fitness demos, wellness tips and a virtual wellness trade show. The celebration kicks off at 8:30 AM, and closes with a sound bath meditation at 4:30 PM.

Here is how it will work:

Once the schedule is confirmed, you will be emailed with the link to choose your sessions. Sessions include Power Flow, Gentle Flow, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, Fusion and even some yoga for the little ones.

  1. Register
  2. Wait for the schedule choices link in your email to choose your Virtual Yogathon Experience
  3. Sign in on line May 23rd
  4. Enjoy!
 

Body Boundaries: No Secrets Mini-edu Session

Today I am going to be talking about body boundaries; what it means and how to help yourself and others learn about yours and their body “bubble.”

  • body boundary is an invisible and personal set of rules that define what is a ‘good’ touch and a ‘bad’ touch and the types and amount of touching the child is comfortable with. These boundaries are important because they help with defining the ‘self’.

We all have a body bubble and most of the time we are not aware how big out bubble is. Some people’s body bubble is big and if you’re across the room from them, we still may be in their space. Some people have smaller bubbles where you can come close to them and they are not bothered.

Your bubble changes with every situation that you are in. For example, when you are sitting in your desk at school, your bubble has to be a bit smaller to accommodate the class size and other desks. But when you are standing up and going to the library, your bubble will get a bit bigger. If someone in the hall runs up to you and gives you a hug without asking, they popped your bubble and you may have felt very uncomfortable that that person has broken your personal bubble. Sometimes we don’t even realize we have moved into someone’s space.

The great thing about this is if someone is looking uncomfortable around you, or you’re in their space but they haven’t said anything, their body may be telling you to leave their space. There are a few signals you can look for. They may be red in the face, make no eye contact, their body is moving away from you, they are quiet or nervous, maybe an awkward laugh comes out.

As humans, we have to take queues from people’s body language as well as their words. There are people out there that cannot communicate verbally, and they have to rely on their body language to get by. So, as teachers and parents, we have to teach students how to read body language

I want everyone to know, you have the right to your body and nobody else. You have the right to say no to someone coming into your personal space. You are allowed to explain that you have a body bubble. “My Body is My body and Nobody else’s”

This bring me back to our safe and unsafe touches. No one is allowed to touch you. Remember your body is your body.

Here at CASASC, we will always believe you. Call, text or webchat with us on our help line and we can help you.

Help line:
1-866-956-1099

Next week we will be talking body parts.