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Family Violence Counsellor

Organisation : Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC)

Location : Melbourne (Box Hill)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Client Services, Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Women

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 22 Apr, 2021

About the role

The Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC) is seeking an experienced counsellor to provide counselling for women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds who are at risk of, have experienced or are experiencing family violence residing in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  The counsellor is also required to facilitate two therapeutic group programs annually for CALD women.

The program aims to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities to make informed choices that ensure their safety and that of their children.

The Specialist Family Violence Counselling program aims to empower women, assist understanding of the gendered nature of violence and its impact and support women to recognise that responsibility for violence lies with the perpetrator. The counselling will support women to recognize their strengths and resources and enable exploration of strategies to ensure safety including that of any children.

The groups will provide support and educational programs that are time-limited to address the impact of violence and provide an educational component on its causes, complexity and consequences with a focus on the women’s and children’s safety.

The MIC works within the MARAM framework and the successful candidate will be required to understand and follow the framework, including completing MARAM training.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To support women and children from CALD backgrounds who risk being unsafe in the family environment helping them to identify and pursue options to protect their safety.
  • To assist women and children from a CALD background to recover from experiences of family violence, helping them to identify and pursue opportunities for positive and lasting change.
  • To reduce isolation and improve social networks for women and children from a CALD background who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing family violence.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Melbourne) (MIC)

MIC provides support to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds residing in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.  The region covers the Local Government Areas of Boroondara, Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Monash, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges. The MIC is governed by a Board of Directors.

The MIC’s objectives are:

  • Provide poverty support and emergency relief programs to migrant families and individuals suffering financial crisis, destitution, misfortune, helplessness and sickness
  • Deliver post arrival services relevant to new migrants and refugees in the Eastern Melbourne Region (the region) to ensure effective local settlement and orientation
  • Enhance direct provision of settlement services to migrants in the region
  • Provide a primary focus for settlement planning, coordination and delivery in the region, with the objective of ensuring effective and culturally sensitive service provision to migrants by mainstream agencies
  • Enhance existing links with and between a range of service providing agencies in the region
  • Identify service gaps and/or shortfalls in relation to migrants by mainstream agencies within the region and provide advice and assistance related to appropriate service delivery in the development of new, alternative or additional services for migrants to bridge gaps and shortfalls
  • Assess duplication of service within all areas of migrant settlement and to facilitate an effective network grid for the minimisation of duplicate services
  • Investigate technology-based solutions for the provision of information on services available within the region to the wider community
  • Carry on any other activity, which in the opinion of the majority of the Board of Directors would comprise the spirit and intent of the Board

How to apply

To apply for the position, please address all Key Selection Criteria and send this, along with your resume and two professional referees to Virginie Charoux-Mindiel at by 6pm on Thursday 22nd April 2021.

For more information about the role, please contact Jessica Bishop at MIC on 9285 4888.

Please quote in application: Family Violence Counsellor via Pro Bono Australia.


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