Short-Term Contract Counsellor Job Description


QMUNITY is BC’s 2SLGBTQAI+ community hub and exists to improve queer and gender-diverse lives. We do this in three ways: in supporting individuals, in strengthening our communities, and in advocating for legal and outcome equity. We are a team of 13 staff and a very large volunteer base.

Description of Project: QMUNITY and a team of researchers from SFU are working on the Indigo Survivors project. The project aims to provide insight and spaces to share experiences around 2SLBGTQIA+ seniors and elder abuse. We are working to finish the project by hosting group discussions on the topic of elder abuse with community members. This contract aims to provide the participants of the research project and other QMUNITY Members with a therapeutic support group and the possibility of individual support.

Purpose: To offer group and individual counselling sessions to those connected with the Indigo Survivors project.

Duration and Wage: The duration of this contract is September 1, 2022 to December 15, 2022 with the possibility of renewal in 2023. The support group will run for 1 hour 30 minutes, once a week, with the possibility of individual sessions for members who need extra support. The contract wage is $88.25/hr for a maximum of 100 hours between the start and end date. 

Hours of Work: The counsellor is expected to be flexible for sessions but works primarily remotely using tools like the Jane App and Zoom for engagement. 

Program Facilitators: This project works in collaboration with our internal Specialist in Seniors Programming at QMUNITY, Courtney Dieckbrader and Professor Claire Robson of the Gerontology Department at Simon Fraser University. The counsellor is expected to liaise with the program facilitators to best meet the needs of community members connected to the project. 


  • Post Secondary Degree in Counselling, Counselling Psychology, Social Work or Art Therapy.
  • Current full registration with applicable regulatory Colleges such as RSW, RCSW, RCC, or R.Psych
  • Knowledge of or experience working with the LGBTQ2SAI+ and familiarity with issues of particular relevance to these communities
  • Demonstrated knowledge in working with elder populations (55+) 
  • Possess listening skills and can provide short-term clinical interventions such as CBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused techniques.
  • Experience in 2SLBGTQIA+ communities and older adults-related challenges
  • Experience in group facilitation and/or group therapy settings
  • Professional liability insurance
  • The ability to handle confidential/sensitive information appropriately
  • Commitment to a high standard of service and an atmosphere of respect and dignity in all aspects of the program

How to apply: Interested counsellors should email Courtney Dieckbrader at with a resume and cover letter. Please include some information about your relationship to QMUNITY, the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, the older adults community, and your availability. If we think you would be a good match for our program, you will be invited for an interview. Candidacy will be evaluated based on your interview and your relevant experience. 

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