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Women's Therapeutic Counsellor

Job No: 117734
Location: Lilydale

  • Are you an experienced Social Worker, Psychologist, Counsellor or similar looking for the chance to join a passionate NFP organisation?
  • Fantastic part-time opportunity to provide outreach and counselling services to women and families within the community.
  • Enjoy a competitive remuneration plus super and salary packaging!

About the Organisation 

Established in 2006, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence, or use violence. Currently BWAHS is one of 4 Aboriginal specific state funded healing services in Victoria. 

BWAHS has skilled qualified staff and comprehensive experience with culturally safe delivery of child, youth and family services for Aboriginal people. They provide family violence risk assessment, safety planning, case co-ordination and support including referrals to the Risk Assessment Management Panel. They have developed an excellent record for providing high quality family violence and trauma informed Intensive Case Management, Integrated Family Services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.

Boorndawan Willam, derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organisations name. 

About the Opportunity

BWAHS is currently seeking a Women's Therapeutic Counsellor to join their Family Violence Therapeutic Program team on a part-time basis, located in Lilydale, Melbourne.

Reporting to the Practice and Development Manager, you will be delivering individual, trauma-informed assessment and therapy services to Aboriginal women and their families who are impacted by or have experienced family violence.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Undertaking intake and assessment services and engage with clients through in-service and outreach appointments as appropriate;
  • Collaborating and consulting with internal and external stakeholders to reduce identified barriers and support to clients to attend therapeutic groups and programs;
  • Delivering individual and family therapeutic counselling sessions to promote their healing and recovery from the effects of family violence or abuse;
  • Identifying family violence risks and strategies to support safety and the healing journey; and
  • Participating in regular clinical supervision as negotiated with the Practice and Development Manager.

About You

To be considered for this role, you will need experience in providing trauma-informed, culturally safe therapeutic approaches and a tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Family Therapy or a related discipline. 

You will have a demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and the history of intergenerational trauma, with a theoretical understanding of the the issues underpinning family violence and therapeutic interventions in a Aboriginal cultural context.

The ability to work independently and as part of a small team, plus use a range of basic computer programs is a must.

You will be a personable and empathetic communicator, capable of engaging families and children of varying ages, stages and situations who have multiple and complex needs.

Finally, you will need to demonstrate a practical understanding of the legislative, policy, and practice requirements relating to Aboriginal children, families, and communities impacted by family violence and be able to work within these requirements.

Please note: You will need to hold or be willing to obtain a current National Police Check and Working with Children Check. You will also need a current Driver's License.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organisation dedicated to supporting vulnerable women and ultimately eliminating the impacts of trauma and abuse in the community. You will finish each day knowing that you have made a genuine, positive difference to the women and families within the program.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a highly attractive remuneration package  commensurate with your skills and experience, plus super and salary packaging up to $15,999.

As a growing organisation, BWAHS offers fantastic job security, and is committed to investing in their staff, with ongoing training and professional development opportunities.

Finally, you'll also benefit from a fantastic work/life balance, with flexible work arrangements negotiable depending on your needs.

This is a rare opportunity to work with the victims of family violence to make a real, positive difference in their lives and the wider community - Apply Now!

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