About the role
- Recent inquiries and reports have shown that people with disability are more likely to experience violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation than people without disability. This is your opportunity to contribute to their recovery.
- Are you committed to social justice and want to become an agent of change
- Are you keen to be part of a new service with opportunity to engage in research and advocacy?
drummond street is seeking Practitioners to join their support and counselling service for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission on a full-time/part-time, contract basis until the end of June 2022. This role will be based in Carlton (or another drummond street services location, depending on operational needs and/or practitioner’s home location), with travel with metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as required. An extremely important position contributing to the success of the Disability Royal Commission, this role will see you collaborate with a trans-disciplinary team to ensure delivery of high quality counselling service. There is scope to support clients to make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission and contribute to important policy development and service evaluation.
drummond street services is welcoming applications from well-trained and compassionate individuals who are looking to become part of a team committed to social justice for people with disability, their families and carers. We are committed to affirmative employment practices. Applicants with disability are encouraged to apply.
The following will be essential in this position:
- Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (e.g., disability studies, mental health, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work or speech pathology) and membership eligibility for the relevant professional body (if applicable)
- Knowledge and experience with trauma informed and recovery-oriented practices
- Experience with providing interventions tailored to people with multiple and complex needs
- Capability to be involved in counselling, care coordination, advocacy and service evaluation/research initiatives
- Ability and willingness to work as part of a trans-disciplinary team
- 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.
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 lives of people who have experienced human rights issues. In return for your dedication and commitment, you will be offered additional training and professional development opportunities to enhance your capabilities to work with clients with disability and associated challenges. Salary packaging options (up to $15,900 per FBT year) are also available. If you are a clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology registrar, internal supervision will be provided to support your progress towards gaining endorsement in clinical psychology/clinical neuropsychology.
About the organisation
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.
On 5 April 2019, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, announced the establishment of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability (Disability Royal Commission). Learnings from the Royal Commission will help to inform Australian governments, institutions and the wider community on how to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future.
This new team is providing state wide, trauma informed counselling services to people affected by the Royal Commission that are accessible, meaningful and meet the needs of people with disability, their families and carers. Delivering face-to-face, phone and online sessions to meet the diversity of clients and localities, the service will also provide supportive referrals to other service providers and collaborate with appropriate services in order to meet the critical needs of the individual and their support system. The service offers a recovery model of support that is flexible, compassionate, respectful, empowering and holistic for people with various types of disability (physical, sensory, cognitive and/or psychosocial).
ds is committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the communities we work within. We strongly encourage people from the following background/s to apply:
- People with Disability
- First Nations people
- Identifying as LGBTQI+
- People of colour (e.g. identifying as cultural, religious and/or ethnically diverse)
- Speaks one or more community languages
How to apply for this role
All applicants must provide a resume and cover letter addressing all the following questions. Applicants should try to keep their responses to no more than about 250 words per question.
- Outline your experience in working with people with disability, their families and/or carers.
- Elaborate on your experience providing trauma informed and recovery-oriented counselling services to individuals and families – this can include group work if applicable.
- Describe your experience in working within a trans-disciplinary team, and what you value in teamwork, including working with lived experienced staff/peer support workers if applicable.
- Your reasons for applying for this role and what you would like to gain out of joining this new service.
Information session and interviews will be held in the first and second weeks of March 2020.
For further information, please contact Ming-Yun Hsieh, Manager of support and counselling service for People Affected by the Disability Royal Commission on 03 9663 6733 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should be sent to email@example.com, using the subject line: Practitioner, counselling and support service for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission
Please quote in application: Practitioner – Support and Counselling Service – Full Time via Pro Bono Australia.