2019 Impact 25

Senior Child and Family Recovery Practitioner

Organisation : drummond street services

Location : Melbourne, VIC Regional

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Social & Support Work

Sector : Consulting, Disabilities, Families, Mental Health

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 9 Dec, 2019

About the role

  • Are you committed to social justice and want to become an agent of change?
  • Inquiries and research have shown that people who experience complex trauma are more likely to experience increased vulnerability for a wide range health outcomes. This is your opportunity to contribute to their recovery.

Your role as Senior Practitioner

drummond street is seeking a Senior Practitioner to join their Complex Trauma Counselling Service on a full-time, contract basis until the end of June 2022. This role will be based in Coburg, with travel with metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria required.

Reporting to the Team Leader, this role will see you lead and collaborate with a trans-disciplinary trauma informed team to ensure delivery of high quality, client led counselling services. An extremely important position that includes contributing to the success of the Disability Royal Commission, you’ll provide a diverse range of services relevant to each person’s situation, harnessing opportunities to facilitate and encourage an ongoing, open connection and dialogue.

About you

drummond street services is welcoming applications from creative and compassionate individuals who are looking to become part of a team committed to social justice for people who experience complex trauma, their families and carers. You’ll be driven to promote positive change and always provide the highest level of service. 

The following will be essential in this position:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (i.e. Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health) and along with other training and experience related to delivery of trauma informed counselling services for people who experience complex trauma, with a specific focus on people with disability and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
  • Current Accreditation with a relevant professional body, e.g., APS, AASW
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the counselling, family services and/or mental health sectors
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience providing clinical supervision to practitioners
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of delivering counselling for people who experience complex trauma and recovery approaches to intervention
  • Desirable to have experience working with survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and/or people with disability who experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of a range of therapeutic approaches for individuals, couples and families.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing interventions that support individuals and families with multiple and complex needs such as mental health, family violence and drug and alcohol issues
  • Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • A genuine interest and commitment to working with LGBTIQ, Aboriginal, refugee, CaLD and other higher risk cohorts.

Applicants who have a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

A rewarding opportunity

This is an incredibly gratifying opportunity to act as a key change-agent within a passionate NFP organisation.

Upon joining drummond street services, you’ll be welcomed into a hard-working, compassionate and supportive team of individuals from diverse backgrounds. You’ll leave each and every day knowing you’ve made a positive impact on the delivery of support services and a true difference to the lives of people who have experienced human rights abuses.

In return for your dedication and commitment, you will be offered an attractive remuneration package (negotiable based on experience), as well as salary packaging options.

If you’re looking to contribute to positive change and make a difference to the lives of survivors – Apply Now!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : drummond street services

About drummond street services & the Complex Trauma Counselling Service

drummond street services (DS) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational agency that has over 130 years in the development and delivery of innovative services that strengthen families and communities with a strong focus on evidence-based/informed practice and across the prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery spectrum of universal and targeted support.

The Counselling Service provides state wide, trauma informed counselling services with survivors of institution child sexual abuse and with people with disabilities who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation that are accessible, client-focused and meet the needs of clients, their families and carers. With a state-wide catchment, utlising face-to-face, phone and online mediums to meet the diversity of clients and localities, the service will also provide supportive referrals to legal support services, advocates, financial support services, counselling and psychological care providers. With active referral to or collaboration with appropriate services to provide social and practical support to clients such as housing, health, mental health, financial and aged care services in order to meet the critical needs of the individual, the service offers a recovery model of support that is flexible, compassionate, respectful, empowering and holistic.

How to apply for this role

All applicants must provide a resume and address all the following questions for their application to be considered. Applicants should try to keep their responses to not more than about 250 words per question.

  1. Outline your experience in working with people who have experienced complex trauma, highlighting any experience with survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and people with disability, their families and carers.
  2. Describe your experience with providing supervision and leadership for high performing counselling teams
  3. Elaborate on your experience providing trauma informed recovery-oriented counselling services to individuals and families, highlighting your work with survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and people with disability – this can include individual/family work and group work
  4. Why do you believe that lived experience is an essential part of a recovery-oriented service to people with disability who victim/survivors of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation, their families and carers?

For further information contact Andrew Rush General Manager Northern Region on 03 9663 6733. Applications should be sent to recruitment@ds.org.au, using the subject line:  Senior Child and Family Recovery Practitioner

Please quote in application: Senior Child and Family Recovery Practitioner via Pro Bono Australia.

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