Counsellors & Translators
The counselling programs are central to the work of VICCIR. Many immigrants, especially refugees, have suffered overwhelming experiences, including loss of country, loss of love ones, and exposure to violence and shocking events. It is normal that such experiences can cause psychological symptoms.
Our counsellors are professionals who understand the complexity and unpredictability of the effects of such experiences, and have the tools to guide clients towards healing. Their overall objectives are to help each client make sense of her or his experiences and emotions, increase self-mastery and resilience, and restore a sense of meaning to life, relationships and membership in the community.
The Centre offers a variety of counselling programs, each eight to ten weeks in length. A fee is established in the first session, though no one will be turned away because of an inability to pay.
Currently VICCIR has over 35 counsellors donating their skills to our clients up to five hours weekly. We welcome interest from professional counsellors who have a master’s level of education, are registered with a professional governing body, carry professional liability insurance, and have several years of practical experience working with clients presenting features of grief, loss and/or trauma.
The ability to speak and work in another a language is very helpful, particularly in Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, French or Tagalog.
If you are interested in joining us, please send your resume with a covering letter to:
Adrienne Carter M.S.W, R.C.S.W
3939 St. Peter’s Road
Victoria, B.C. V8P2J9
VICCIR values our translators very much. They are a critical aspect of the counsellor-translator team. They must speak verbatim both sides of a conversation, that is, the language of the client to the counsellor, and the language of the counsellor to the client. The work is focused, intense and can be very rewarding. Translators receive training for this unique role, Following each session, they have opportunity to discuss and process the stories they have heard and the emotions they have experienced. They must respect confidentiality at all times.
Currently, we are looking for women and men who speak Arabic, Spanish, French, Mandarin and Tagalog fluently.
For more information, please contact Adrienne Carter at
Please feel free to contact us, we are here to help. We maintain offices in Victoria and in Duncan.
Join Our Team
We welcome your contribution to our family of volunteers, and to our team of counsellors and translators.
Your contribution will help us enrich Vancouver Island’s integrated communities and strengthen those who live in them.