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Women's Therapeutic Group Facilitator

Job No: 119602
Location: Lilydale

  • Aboriginal Designated Position - only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply!
  • Fantastic opportunity to provide outreach to women, children 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 Group Facilitator to join their team on a part-time basis, located in Lilydale, Melbourne.

Reporting to the Manager Practice and Development, you will be responsible for collaboratively supporting clients to attend to groups and counselling programs, you will be involved in the design and facilitation a range of culturally safe healing group programs with Aboriginal women, adolescents and children who are impacted by or have experienced or are users of family violence.

Your responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Identifying opportunities to support strong positive connection between participants and their families, culture, Country and Community to promote healing and recovery;
  • Engaging 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;
  • Maintaining records; including notes, reports, plans and data within required timelines; 
  • Ensuring that client records are in accordance with BWAHS quality/audit requirements; and
  • Identify family violence risks and strategies to support safety and the healing journey.

About You

To be considered for this role you will need a relevant tertiary qualification, or demonstrated experience in group facilitation and a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics and impact of family violence in Aboriginal families and across the community.

You will have a demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and intergenerational trauma, and a commitment to the safety and healing of Aboriginal families, children, and young people impacted by family violence. Your ability to engage families of varying ages, stages and compositions, who have multiple and complex needs, will be essential.

The ability to work both independently and as part of a small team is a must, as are basic computer skills.

Finally, you will need to demonstrate a practical understanding of 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, Working with Children Check and basic First Aid Qualification. You will also need a current Driver's License.

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply.

About the Benefits

This is a highly rewarding opportunity to join a passionate team and make a genuine difference in the lives of Aboriginal women and families who are impacted by family violence. 

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package commensurate with your skills and experience, plus 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 Aboriginal families and make a genuine difference in their lives - Apply Now!

PLEASE NOTE: Previous applicants need not apply. 

For further information about the role, please call Rachel Foster on 03 9212 0200. 

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