Youth Sexual Violence Counsellor (Toowoomba) – Re-advertised

Employer: Domestic Violence Action Centre

Region: Darling Downs

Closing Date: 27 May 2019

Job Description:

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Position Summary

The Youth Sexual Violence Counsellor will provide specialist counselling and support to young people aged
from 12 years and above who have experienced sexual violence. The counsellor will need to operate with a
trauma informed, developmentally sensitive and culturally safe lens.
The Youth Sexual Violence Counsellor would undertake individual risk and needs assessment, case planning
and therapeutic counselling to children or young people and their non-offending family members, caregivers
or carers to support young people to overcome their experience of sexual abuse, lessen the negative impacts
of their sexual abuse experience and prevent their experience having negative impacts on their self-esteem,
confidence and future relationships.
The Youth Sexual Violence Counsellor would work alongside a range of services to deliver an integrated
multi-disciplinary response to youth sexual violence and abuse.
Contribution to an evaluation of the YSVA service model as 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 & Experience

Possession of relevant tertiary qualifications in psychology, counselling, or social work.
• Experience in delivering trauma informed counselling and recovery to children and young people
• Experience delivering sexual violence counselling & a working knowledge of the Criminal Law (Sexual
Offences) Act 1978 and knowledge of court and legislative proceedings as they relate to the Act.
• Experience and skills in gender-based violence risk assessment, trauma informed practice, safety
planning, crises support, system advocacy, case management, counselling
• Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills
• All DVAC staff are required to complete a National Police Check upon successful offer of position
• Current driver’s licence and Blue Card

Selection Criteria

1. Outline your experience and skills in, and conceptual framework for providing counselling with
children and youth who have experienced trauma.
2. Outline your experience and skills in designing, developing and delivering group programs with
children and young people.
3. 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?
4. What is your knowledge of the administrative functions of a community based organisation (e.g.
computer skills, data management, reporting, verbal and written skills) and how do you contribute to
such functions?

How to apply

Please send a current CV along with a no more than 2 page expression of interest document addressing the
below selection criteria to [email protected] using the subject line “Youth Sexual Violence Counsellor EOI”
The closing date is 9am Monday 27/05/2019


Suburb: Toowoomba
Postcode: 4350


Name: Donna Gomsi

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