Mental Health Counsellor

Position: Mental Health Counsellor


Location: Batticoloa, Sri Lanka

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Employment Type: Volunteer

Position Level: Mid Level

Salary Range:

Closing Date: May 31, 2019

Full Description

Brief Description:

PARTNER: Church of the American Ceylon Mission
POSITION ID: 2019-003
LOCATION: Batticaloa
DURATION: 1 - 3 Months
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 31, 2019 is a growing global network of diaspora changemakers committed to the sustainable development of the traditional Tamil homelands in Sri Lanka. Since 2016, we have been committed to helping shift diaspora engagement from charity to sustainability, from aid to economic development, and from sending remittance to building a knowledge economy instead.

Program Description

The Associateship program stream provides new and young professionals with the opportunity to discover, connect, and explore their heritage and history in the North and East of Sri Lanka. Applicants will pre-plan a project prior to their arrival in Sri Lanka, do a high-intensity implementation over a specified period of time on the ground in the Northern and Eastern provinces, and continue evaluation upon their return to Canada.

Partner Description

The Church of the American Ceylon Mission focuses on early childhood education and nutrition, after school educational and leadership programs for children and youth, vocational training, women’s livelihoods, children’s homes, and a centre for children with mental disability. It has active projects and initiatives underway in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, Mannar, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Amparai, and Nuwara Eliya. For more information, please visit

Roles and Responsibilities

-Provides individual and group counselling to survivors (especially young people) of war, conflict, torture as well as domestic and sexual abuse and assault.
-Provides evidence-based counselling services to survivors and their families using a variety of treatment modalities.
-Acts as an educational and supportive resource to staff and clients in areas of trauma and mental health.
-Mentor and train counselling and social worker staff on providing appropriate mental health care for survivors of psychosocial trauma.
-Prepare and implement staff development plans, and conduct theoretical and field training sessions.
-Research and produce relevant reports on providing mental health support to victims with psychosocial trauma in Sri Lanka
-Contributes to the integration of gender perspectives/considerations and specific women/girls’ rights in all activities.


-Completed undergraduate degree or diploma in Psychology, Social Work, Social Services, or related disciplines, and certified counsellor.
-Experience in providing counselling.
-Experience in conducting training sessions for counsellors.
-Excellent presentation, interpersonal, analytical, and oral and written communication skills.
-Interpersonal skills, including open and honest communication, negotiation, and collaboration.
-Full fluency in English and conversational proficiency in Tamil.
-Approaches challenges with curiosity, not judgement.
-Strong personal initiative, resourcefulness and capacity to be self-motivated and also work as part of a team.
-Must be driven to improve the lives of marginalized people, and work with them to do so, in a way that is led by them, for them, and is sustainable and achieves their objectives.
-Must be committed to equality, and by extension, open to learning about resilience, diversity and solidarity from the vulnerable communities they are working with.
-Must be able to lead by example by being open minded, humble, and embrace opportunities to grow personally.

Preferred but not mandatory qualifications

-Completed graduate degree or post-graduate diploma in Psychology, Social Work, Social Services, or related disciplines. Certification in Trauma or Traumatology.
-Direct trauma work with first responders, veterans or community work delivering trauma response.
-Experience in providing counselling for individuals with disabilities and/or victims with psychosocial trauma.
-Ability to clinically manage high-risk cases, including clients who are a threat to self or others.
-Work experience in vocational institutions, post-secondary institutions, or international organizations.

Volunteer Benefits and Support:

-Up to fifty per cent (50%) of all costs subsidized for successful applicants with demonstrated financial need.
-Guidance with booking flights, obtaining visa, accommodations, etc.
-Participation in pre-departure training where you will have the opportunity to learn about our work, gain practical skills for living and working in a lower middle-income country, and meet other volunteers.
-In-country orientation upon arrival.
-Potential tour and briefing of the Northern and Eastern provinces.
-Support and guidance prior to departure and while on assignment in Sri Lanka.
-Return debriefing after completion of assignment, including counselling support.
-The opportunity of a lifetime to provide meaningful assistance to war-impacted communities in the North and East of Sri Lanka.

Eligibility Requirements:

-Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of Canada, Germany or host country between the ages of 25 – 40.
-Departure date is contingent upon the timely completion of all administrative requirements (e.g. visa process, medical clearance, vulnerable sector checks, travel documentation).
-Those applicants with demonstrated financial need must raise at least fifty percent (50%) of their placement costs (travel, meals, health insurance, accommodations). Other applicants must raise funds to cover 100% costs of their placement.
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