Family Counsellor/Sexual Violence Practitioner

Employer: Domestic Violence Action Centre

Region: Ipswich

Closing Date: 23 September 2019

Job Description:

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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 may provide counselling in the Springfield area one day per week if required. 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) may be located off-site from DVAC if required 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 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.

 

Location

Address: PO Box 964
Suburb: Ipswich
Postcode: 4305

Contact

Name: Liz Andrews

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