Seeking Registered Counsellor for Video Game-Based Therapy with Neurodivergent Children

Are you a registered counsellor with a passion for video games and a heart for helping neurodivergent children? Cherish Clinic is seeking a dedicated and dynamic therapist to join our team and provide innovative, video game-based therapy.

 About us
Cherish Clinic is dedicated to providing neurodivergent-affirmative therapy for children, families, and adults in British Columbia. The clinic emphasizes personalized care, advocacy, and support, offering a unique journey tailored to each individual’s needs and circumstances. With a focus on empowering clients to navigate their journey in their own way, Cherish Clinic offers a range of services including counselling, speech/language pathology, occupational therapy services, and more, all through a neurodivergent affirmative lens​

Job Description:

We are looking for a skilled counsellor with established expertise in internet culture and lingo to engage neurodivergent children through video game-based therapy. The ideal candidate will have a strong competence in Minecraft and some familiarity with Roblox. This role involves using these platforms to build rapport, facilitate therapeutic interventions, and support children in navigating their emotions and social interactions. They would also have a hyperfocus on neurodivergent lived experience and culture and will be nourished working with neurodivergent children. These services can be provided in a variety of settings according to the therapist’s preference: at the client’s home, in the community, or online, tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual.

The role involves working closely with neurodivergent clients, mostly young children, employing a range of therapeutic techniques to support their mental health and well-being. The candidate should possess a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the neurodivergent population and be committed to providing affirming, respectful, and personalized care.

Ethical Requirements:

Cherish Clinic holds its team members to high ethical standards, emphasizing continuous learning about systemic injustice, confronting internal biases, and nurturing neurodiversity awareness. We expect our therapists to embody these values both professionally and personally. Our commitment to LGBTQ+ affirmation and culturally appropriate language underscores our dedication to inclusivity. Using correct and culturally appropriate terminology around neurodiversity is mandatory.

We are a space and culture that is explicitly neurodivergent, aiming to maintain a staff roster where neurodivergence is the majority. Currently, all service providers at the clinic are neurodivergent, disabled, and/or have other marginalized identities. We are not accepting applications from behavioural consultants (BCBA), junior behavioural consultants, or those currently working under a BCBA to deliver any behavioural programs. Applicants with prior experience in these frameworks must demonstrate significant cultural humility and a clear departure from their past practices.

Requirements:

  • Registered counsellor with a licensing body recognized in BC and in good standing.
  • Criminal Record Check for Vulnerable Population within the last 3 years.
  • Registration with a counselling college or association recognized in BC
  • Professional Insurance
  • First Aid – Childcare Level (if therapist wish to facilitate in-person sessions with minors).
  • Compliant with the ethics of Neurodiversity Therapist Collective 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in neurodivergent topics and lived-experience culture
  • Neurodivergence in applicants is considered an asset.
  • Strong proficiency and experience in video games such as Minecraft is mandatory.
  • Owns both Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • A minimum of 8 hours allocated to the clinic within 6 months from onboarding and the first client matching.
  • Reliability and punctuality are crucial, especially given the sensitivity of neurodivergent clients to routine disruptions.
  • Maintain Communication: Therapists prone to burnout or communication shutdowns should have a plan ready for maintaining communication without ghosting clients. Cherish Clinic offers creative accommodations for fluctuating capacities and communication needs. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement individualized video game based on client needs and goals.
  • Continue professional development in the field of neurodiversity and disability rights and ethics.
  • Collaborate with other professionals, caregivers, and families to support client goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Document sessions and client progress following the licensing requirements.
  • Maintain consistent communication with Cherish team members. 
  • Access and utilize Cherish infrastructure such as Janeapp and Google Workspace as a part of the practice. 

Why Join Us?
Cherish Clinic is dedicated to empowering neurodivergent individuals, emphasizing an anti-oppression framework and ethical business practices. It prioritizes equality, equity, access, and authenticity while rejecting traditional professionalism. The clinic seeks genuine connections over formality in its hiring process and requires its team to engage in continuous learning about systemic injustice and neurodiversity.

  • Individualized business relationship with the clinic
  • Staff feedback drives swift decision-making and shapes company policies.
  • Flexible working hours and work from home opportunities.
  • Robust professional development and training opportunities.
  • Be part of a progressive and supportive team that values innovative and inclusive therapy methods.
  • Opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of neurodivergent children and their families.
  • Robust neurodivergent-informed administrative support and third party billing.
  • Executive functioning support and also authentic experience of belonging and understanding for neurodivergent service providers.

How to Apply:
Here is a step-by-step guide to our recruitment process.

As a part of the application, please provide a 5-10minute video with voice commentary of you navigating or playing in a Minecraft world. This can be private realm or multiplayer servers.