Counselling Program Overview for Counsellors
Birthing Families Matter Society is a charitable organization that supports high-risk, low-income and marginalized birthing individuals and families in obtaining services that might otherwise be inaccessible. Our program ‘Birthing Families Counselling’ offers sliding scale perinatal counselling services to these families.
We are presently looking for counsellors with perinatal support experience; counsellors who have worked with birthing families either as a counsellor or in other professions such as doulas, nurses, social workers and so on. As well as counsellors with experience supporting high risk, low income, marginalized and traumatized communities. Covid-19 has affected many people, and at this stage in the pandemic, there is a clear gap in access for families; those who were already struggling to obtain services, and those who have been affected financially and otherwise since March 2020.
Our program will offer clients an opportunity to choose a counsellor that we have available, and select a payment on a sliding scale that is compatible with their income. Counsellors will have the opportunity to offer a 15-30 min free consultation for clients to feel into the fit, if they choose to do so.
The sliding scale fees will be between $35-75. We understand that this is a low fee, and we wish we had the funding to cover the costs of the counsellors. For now, our hope is that counsellors will see this as an opportunity to give back, and to know that future iterations of this program (iterations with more funding) hold a goal to pay counselors a flat fee thriving wage that values time and expertise without a cost barrier for those in need. We are looking for aligned practitioners that can support our movement towards this model.
Counselors will be able to set their own hours, and we have no minimums. If you have space in your practice for even 2 sliding scale community access slots per week you might make the world of difference for a pregnant person or parent in need of mental health services.
If you are interested in joining our program, please click here to fill out an application.
Feel free to forward this letter onto other counsellors that you are connected to, who may be interested in working with us.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Birthing Families Matter Team