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Women's Therapeutic Group Facilitator

Job No: 117731
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 must have significant experience and a relevant tertiary qualification, with a demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture and intergenerational trauma. You will have 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 enjoy facilitation of groups and public speaking. You will have culturally safe approaches to support safety and healing to Aboriginal families, children or young people from family violence. Ability to engage families of varying ages, stages and compositions who have multiple and complex needs.

Ability to work independently as part of a small team and basic computers skills are a must.

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, 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

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.

In addition, BWAHS also provides ongoing professional development opportunities!

This is a rare opportunity to work with Aboriginal families and make a genuine difference in their lives - Apply Now!

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