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Company Name:
Sonshine Community Services
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Calgary, Alberta
Social Services
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
Less than 2 years
Education level:
Associate Degree

Children's Services Parent-Child Educator

“Motivated by our Christian faith, our mission is to help women and children transform their lives.”

Sonshine Community Services is a charitable organization bringing hope and healing to families in need for more than 40 years. We envision a community where women and children live safely in healthy families.We are a multi-services organization:

• Community Counselling is offered free of charge to community members
• Sonshine Family Day Homes provide home based, affordable quality childcare.
• The Sonshine Centre is a one-year residential shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence and abuse.
• Sonshine Children’s Centre is the first licensed and accredited full-time children’s centre of its kind in Canada. It meets the unique needs of children who have experienced domestic violence or other forms of emotional trauma and provides them with the specialized and therapeutic support they need to grow into healthy and happy youth.

We are seeking a dynamic individual to fill the position of Parent-Child Educator. The person who will fill this role is passionate about families, self-motivated, strength-based, organized and a creative thinker. You enjoy a combination of team and independent work and have the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships. You are a highly organized individual with effective interpersonal communication skills.


Purpose of the Position:

This is a full-time position to provide support to children, youth and families. The Children’s Services Parent-Child Educator will be working with children and their families who have experienced family violence and/or live with trauma. The successful candidate will be using the Marschak Interaction Model (MIM) to develop a Theraplay® program for each family unit to enhance attachment, structure and self-regulation within the parent/child dyad. The   Parent-Child Educator will facilitate Theraplay® sessions with children in the Children’s Centre and Residential Children’s program in addition to leading program staff in the integration of Theraplay® activities into daily practice.  

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • MIM administration, analysis and application as a guide for treatment/intervention planning
  • Administer and evaluate various pre and post assessments (both child and family)
  • Implementation of parent demonstration and feedback sessions
  • Developing individual Theraplay® programs for each family and program
  • Directing the Theraplay® sessions for parents and children and in the children’s programs
  • Completing all assessments and information gathering required by the position
  • Completing all the tracking tools, case notes and data tracking required by this position
  • Deliver Group Theraplay® to the children in both the Children’s Centre and Residential Children’s Program
  • Complete Family and Child Support/Program Plans
  • Work in partnership with counsellors, child support workers and family support workers

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Completion of Theraplay® (minimum Level 1) and Introductory Group Theraplay®
  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in a child studies, counselling, psychology, social work or related field or equivalent
  • Effective interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills
  • Strong organizational, time and task management skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality, particularly around sensitive issues and situations impacting clients
  • Professional experience working with children and families
  • Background in ethical issues when working with children, families and communities including best practice
  • Understanding of the impact of family violence / trauma/toxic stress on children and families
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice / trauma-informed care
  • Effective written communication and documentation skills
  • Understanding of the presenting issues of families who have been impacted by domestic violence


  • Certificate in Theraplay® (minimum Level 1) and Introductory Group Theraplay®
  • Current Police Information Check including vulnerable sector search and current Child Intervention Record Check (completed within the last 6 months)
  • Current First Aid and CPR
  • Must be able to provide 3 professional references

Please submit your resume and cover letter no later than July 19, 2019:

Elisabeth Citro
Director of Children’s Services
Sonshine Community Services
Box 34067, RPO Westbrook
Calgary, AB T3C 3W2
Email:  [email protected]
Fax: (403) 287-2194

Sonshine Community Services is an equal opportunity employer. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.