Seeking Registered Therapuetic Counsellor for Support Work with Neurodivergent Children

Are you a dedicated and compassionate Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) with a passion for working with neurodivergent children? Cherish Clinic is seeking a skilled and empathetic support worker to provide in-home therapeutic support to children and their families.

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​

Position Overview:

We are looking for an RTC to work as a support worker, providing in-home therapeutic support to neurodivergent children. This role is an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on experience, and professional development, while you build your counselling client base. Here are the key differences between therapy and support work. 

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 Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) in good standing.
  • Criminal Record Check for Vulnerable Population within the last 3 years.
  • Physically fit and energetic, able to participate in various activities and keep up with active children.
  • First Aid – Childcare Level (highly desired)
  • Compliant with the ethics of Neurodiversity Therapist Collective 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in neurodivergent topics and lived-experience culture is desired
  • Neurodivergence in applicants is considered an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and provide support in a home setting and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • A minimum of 4 hours allocated to the clinic within 6 months from onboarding.
  • 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:

  • Provide in-home therapeutic support work to neurodivergent children
  • Collaborate with specialist and family consultants in implementing individualized therapy or educational plans that address their unique needs.
  • Foster a supportive and engaging environment that promotes growth, self-understanding, and emotional regulation.
  • Collaborate with families to ensure a holistic approach to the child’s well-being and development.
  • Maintain thorough and confidential client records in accordance with the clinic guidelines.
  • Commit to a minimum of one year with each family to ensure consistency and build a strong therapeutic relationship
  • 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.

  • Competitive rate of $48 per hour.
  • The minimum shift is 2 hours. 
  • 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.