Family Counsellor / Sexual Violence Counsellor

Employer: Domestic Violence Action Centre

Region: Ipswich

Closing Date: 14 May 2020

Job Description:

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Do you want to work in a service that is passionate about making positive change for increased safety and wellbeing of survivors of Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Violence?

 

Are you experienced in providing trauma-informed counselling and support with children, young people and adults who have experienced domestic and family violence or sexual violence?

 

Are you passionate about equality and empowerment and willing to value-add to a feminist organisation such as the Domestic Violence Action Centre?

 

…then this role is for you!

 

This is a combined position in which the counsellor provides counselling and support services within two distinct DVAC programs:

  1. Family Counselling program – child and youth focus (2 days per week)
  2. Sexual Violence Counselling within the Service Against Sexual Violence Initiative (2 days per week)

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;
  • 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.

Sexual Violence Counsellors (Service Against Sexual Violence): A summary:

  • Provide specialist counselling and therapeutic support to persons over 14 years of age (regardless of gender) who have experienced or are experiencing sexual violence;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Participation in case co-ordination and case management of clients where required;
  • Participation or facilitation of group work where required.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

Possession of relevant tertiary qualifications in the psychology, counselling, 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, sexual violence, or other significant trauma;
  • Knowledge regarding feminist practice and its application in working against both domestic & family violence, and sexual violence.
  • Family therapy practice experience will be highly regarded.
  • Group work experience and skills will be highly regarded.
  • Experience and skills in gender-based violence risk assessment, trauma informed practice, safety planning, crisis support and system advocacy.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Current driver’s license and Blue Card.
  • Any post-graduate or professional development undertaken in the field of domestic & family violence, sexual violence, or trauma-informed practice will be viewed favourably.

The full Position Description can be found on our website www.dvac.org.au

 

Applying for this position:

Closing date is 9am Thursday 14th May 2020.

Please send a current CV along with a no more than 2 page document, addressing the selection criteria to:

[email protected] using the subject line “FC/SV Counsellor”

Please note that only applications which address the Key Selection Criteria will be considered

 

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. Could you describe your practice framework and experience providing attachment and trauma informed family and individual counselling with mothers, children and young people?
  3. What is your experience in providing support and counselling to adult survivors of sexual violence and your practice approach to this work?
  4. Could you describe your experience and skills in developing and facilitating groups with children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma?
  5. Based on your previous work experience, how have you built and maintained positive working relationships and partnerships with clients, colleagues and stakeholders?

Location

Address: PO Box 846
Suburb: Booval Fair
Postcode: 4304

Contact

Name: Liz Andrews

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