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Trauma Specialist Counsellor

Organisation : Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia

Location : New South Wales, Sydney (Currently located in Sydney's inner west, with a possible move to another Sydney location in 2019.)

Work Type : Part-time

Profession : Community Services, Education & Training, Healthcare & Medical, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Education & Training, Mental Health, Women

Salary Type : Hourly

Application Closing Date : 29 Jan, 2019

About the Role

The Role

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist will provide a service that is client-centred, non judgemental, feminist, supportive and responsive.

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist’s core role will be to provide telephone and online counselling, advocate for clients, develop interagency clinical care networks and other supports to people affected by violence and their supporters. 

Upon mutual agreement additional activities of this role may include:

  • Face to face trauma counselling;
  • Behaviour change counselling;
  • Consultancy counselling;
  • Delivering external specialised training and professional development education to adults in a range of clinical, legal, corrections and welfare workplaces including universities, not-for-profit organisations, government bodies, and corporate clients.

This position of trust demands the highest levels of professionalism, ethical behaviour and an awareness of multiple factors which will influence individual client’s responses to both the trauma and the counselling provided.

All Counsellor Trauma Specialists are Mandatory Reporters and are compelled by legislation to identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm.


Position Description (please click here)

Selection Criteria Form (please click here)

Shift Preference Form (please click here)


Salary and Benefits

R&DVSA believes that quality work deserves quality pay and as such we provide above award wages and conditions to our employees:

  • Competitive hourly rate of $51.08 plus applicable penalty rates, superannuation and access to generous NFP tax concessions (specifically, a salary packaging scheme offering up to $15,899.94 of your salary tax free)
  • Flexible working conditions (24/7 shifts)
  • Generous training and professional development opportunities
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Opportunities for career progression

Experienced counsellors choose to align their careers with R&DVSA because of our award winning multi-pronged approach to vicarious trauma. R&DVSA acknowledges vicarious trauma as a WHS hazard which results from interaction with trauma content. In response, we have developed a NSW WorkCover approach, tailored to each individual.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is committed to upholding the rights of all women to live in a socially just and equitable society and the right of all people to live free of violence. The organisation provides services nationally and internationally in the area of sexual assault, domestic and family violence. The organisation works with all stakeholders and in accordance with its vision, mission, principles and goals.

Apply for this Job

Position Description : PD Counsellor Trauma Specialist

For details concerning this role, please contact

Recruitment Team

Phone : 02 8585 0333

Email : jobs@rape-dvservices.org.au

To apply, please view the detailed position and application information via the careers page of our website www.rape-dvservices.org.au and email a copy of your resume, completed Selection Criteria and Shift Preference Form to jobs@rape-dvservices.org.au by 9am, Tuesday 29 January 2019, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

We will acknowledge all complete applications received. Please note that the Selection Criteria Form is an important part of the selection process, and applications that do not attach this document cannot be accepted and will not be acknowledged.

R&DVSA holds an exemption under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female workers.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Face to face interviews will be held in Sydney the week commencing 4 February 2019. Those successful in gaining a face to face interview will be advised by Friday 1 February 2019. Others will be advised at the end of the recruitment process.


Ideal commencement is 4 March 2019, though there is some flexibility.


Please either call 02 8585 0333 or email enquiries to jobs@rape-dvservices.org.au

Please quote in application: Trauma Specialist Counsellor via Pro Bono Australia.


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