Family Counsellor Ipswich

Domestic Violence Action Centre
Job Description: 

DVAC works with individuals and communities to eliminate, prevent and respond to domestic and family violence, and sexual violence by:

  • Collaboratively providing quality support services;
  • Challenging social norms and structures that enable people to use violence/enable the use of violence;
  • Building awareness and capacity within the community; and
  • Encouraging egalitarian relationships.

You will find detailed information about the organisation on our website

Family Counsellor (Family Counselling Program – Child and Youth Focus):

The Family Counsellor (FC) would be primarily based in the Ipswich area and may provide counselling in the Lockyer Valley area one day per week. The Family Counsellor provides counselling and support to children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence. This work also includes integrated support being provided to their primary caregiver – primarily mothers. The Family Counsellor also provides counselling to young people who were child witnesses to domestic & family violence who themselves are currently using or are at risk of using violence in their intimate partner and family relationships. The Family Counsellor will primarily engage in short-medium term family therapy and/or group work with women, children and young people. The Family Counsellor role will also provide limited general services to women (as the primary care-giver of the child/young person they are working with), service providers and the community, such as the provision of phone and face to face information and referral, crisis counselling, advocacy, risk assessment, safety planning and case management.

One day per week, the Family Counsellor may be located off-site from DVAC (possibly Lockyer Valley), but will be based in another community-based organisation, with access to the informal support that this offers. While DVAC will seek to meet and talk regularly with off-site workers, and ensure that they are included in as many team-based activities as possible, it will be important for any worker in this position to be able to work autonomously, ethically and with limited direction at times. Due to the nature of the work and location, liaison, networking and developing collaborative partnerships will be a function of the role.

  • Family Counsellor (Family Counselling Program – Child and Youth Focus): A summary:
    • Provide specialist counselling to children, young people and women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence;
    • Occasionally provision of phone and face to face risk assessment, safety planning, crisis support, advocacy, information, and referral to women, young people and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence;
    • Provide school-based delivery of services as required and as capacity allows to children and young people in designated regional centres specifically in relation to work with women, children and young people experiencing domestic violence or sexual violence where feasible and in collaboration with the Team Leader;
    • Participation in case co-ordination and case management of clients where required;
    • Participation or facilitation of group work where required.

Given the nature of the work and the organisation, it will be important for any worker in this position to be able to work autonomously, ethically and with limited direction.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience


  • Possession of relevant tertiary qualifications in the psychology, social work or human services field.
  • Well-developed experience and skills in counselling and therapeutic support.
  • Knowledge and skills to ensure the provision of attachment and trauma informed services to clients;
  • Knowledge and skills to ensure the provision of culturally, gender and age appropriate services to clients;
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience in working effectively with children, young people & women, who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic & family violence, or other significant trauma;
  • Previous experience and skills in facilitating or developing groups for children, young people or women. 
  • Family therapy practice experience will be highly regarded.
  • Experience and skills in gender-based violence risk assessment, trauma informed practice, safety planning, crisis support and system advocacy.
  • Knowledge regarding feminist practice and its application in working against both domestic & family violence.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Current driver’s licence and Blue Card.
  • All DVAC staff are required to complete a National Police Check upon successful offer of position.
  • Working knowledge of the Domestic & Family Violence Protection Act 2012 and knowledge of court and legislative proceedings as they relate to the Act; and
  • Any post-graduate or professional development undertaken in the field of domestic & family violence, sexual violence, or trauma-informed practice will be viewed favourably.

Selection Criteria


  1. Utilising a feminist perspective, what is your knowledge of the issues affecting women, children and young people experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual violence.
  2. Outline your practice framework and experience in providing attachment and trauma informed family and individual counselling with mothers, children and young people.
  3. Outline your experience and skills in developing and facilitating groups with traumatised children and young people.
  4. Outline your experience in building and maintaining positive working relationships and partnerships with clients, colleagues and stakeholders.
  5. What strategies and skills do you employ to work autonomously and to prioritise competing demands, and in what contexts have you had to apply these strategies?
  6. Outline your knowledge, experience and skills in administrative functions in a community-based organisation. Please include reference to computer skills, data management, written assessment, case-noting and report-writing.


Please send a current CV along with a no more than 2-3 page expression of interest document addressing the below selection criteria attention to Liz : [email protected] using the subject line “Full time Family Counsellor EOI”

The closing date is Thursday 23rd May at 9am. Applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.




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Liz Andrews
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019