Family Counsellor/Sexual Violence Practitioner (6 month contract)

Employer: 
Domestic Violence Action Centre
Region: 
Ipswich
Job Description: 

Combined Role: Family Counsellor/Sexual Violence Practitioner
Temporary 6 month contract position. Commencing ASAP - May 2019

This is a combined position in which the counsellor provides counselling and support services within two distinct DVAC programs within the Counselling Team:
1. Family Counselling program (child and youth focus) (3 days per week)
2. Sexual Violence Counselling within the Service Against Sexual Violence Initiative (1 day per week)
Family Counsellor (Family Counselling Program – Child and Youth Focus):
The Family Counsellor (FC) would be primarily based in the Ipswich area and will provide counselling in the Springfield area one day per week. The FC 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 – usually mums. The FC 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 FC will primarily engage in short-medium term family therapy and/or group work with women, children and young people. The FC 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 FC (Springfield) will be located off-site from DVAC, 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:
o Provide specialist counselling to children, young people and women who have experienced or are experiencing domestic and family violence;
o 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;
o 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;
o Participation in case co-ordination and case management of clients where required;
o Participation or facilitation of group work where required.

Service Against Sexual Violence – Sexual Violence Counsellor:
The SV Practitioner would be primarily based in Ipswich, and providing counselling and support to adults over 14 years old (primarily women) who are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault or abuse. The SVP will provide general services to clients, service providers and the community, such as the provision of phone and face-to-face information and referral, crisis counselling, advocacy, therapeutic intervention and case management. The SV Practitioner will engage in short-medium term individual counselling and/or group work with women as a primary function of their role.
The SV Practitioner will be located on-site with the broader DVAC staff team, who mainly provide domestic and family violence services, with access to the informal support that this offers. It will be important for any worker in this position to be able to work autonomously, ethically and with limited direction at times. Professional autonomy and extensive experience will be an expectation of the role, as will an understanding of the needs and circumstances of women in rural areas.
 Sexual Violence Prevention Practitioners (Service Against Sexual Violence): A summary:
o Provide specialist counselling to persons over 14 years of age (regardless of gender) who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence;
o Provide phone and face to face intake & assessment, safety planning crisis support, advocacy, information, and referral to women, men and young people who have experienced sexual violence;
o Provide information and support on the court process to clients accessing DVAC. This includes supporting them to access appropriate legal advice and support for any legal proceeding relating to their experience of sexual violence;
o Participation in case co-ordination and case management of clients where required;
o 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.

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 to [email protected] using the subject line “Family Counsellor/Sexual Violence Counsellor EOI”
The closing date is Thursday 23rd May at 9am. Applications which do not address the Selection Criteria will not be accepted.

Location
Suburb: 
Ipswich
State: 
QLD
Postcode: 
4 305
Contact
Name: 
Donna Gomsi
Phone No.: 
0738163000
Fax No: 
0738163100
Closing Date: 
Thursday, May 23, 2019