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Children & Youth Counsellor

Job No: 134416
Location: Croydon

  • Are you an experienced Social Worker, Psychologist, Counsellor or similar looking for the chance to join a passionate NFP organisation?
  • Fantastic full-time opportunity to provide outreach and counselling services to 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 Children & Youth Counsellor to join their Family Violence Therapeutic Program team on a full-time basis, located in Croydon, Melbourne.

Reporting to the Practice and Development Manager, you will be providing direct counselling to children, young people, and their carers, who are impacted by or have experienced family violence and intergenerational trauma.

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;
  • Coordinating therapeutic services for children in the program, including liaising with existing support services or agency workers, and regular discussion of individual plans with the child and parent/carers/care team;
  • Providing specialist therapeutic support to children within the program to promote their healing and recovery from the effects of family violence or abuse;
  • Supporting the development and facilitation of structured group and family sessions where appropriate for children and their families/carers;
  • Participating in regular clinical supervision as negotiated with the Practice and Development Manager; and
  • Ensuring that child safe practices are maintained at all times.

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Please note: We are an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander people to apply.

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, Play 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 children and families 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 children and young people within the program.

In return for your hard work and dedication, you will be rewarded with a highly attractive remuneration package based on the Award SCHCADS Level 5 plus Super, negotiable dependant on your skills, experience and qualifications. In, addition, you will have the opportunity for salary packaging up to $15,999.

This is a rare opportunity to work with children, young people and their carers to make a real, positive difference in their lives and the wider community - Apply Now!

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