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Practice Lead Counselling and Mental Health

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Organisation : Wyndham City Council

Location : Melbourne (Werribee)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Government

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $103,394.41

Application closing date : 6 Feb, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Wyndham City Council

We are Wyndham, one of Australia’s fastest growing and most diverse cities.

Our people are hard at work designing the precincts, building the infrastructure, developing the policies and delivering the programs that will ensure the City is prepared to welcome over 200,000 new residents by 2040.

Wyndham City Youth Services is committed to making a positive difference to the lives of the young people in one of the fastest growing municipalities in Victoria. We are proud to represent young people, their diversity, freedom, and creativity.

Currently, young people make over 17% of the total Wyndham population, with this comes a distinct need for youth related services. Every day we strive to keep young people engaged, inspired and feeling part of the community through a range of programs, events and support.

Our growing service if made up of 42 employees and work across four locations across Wyndham and our state-of-the-art mobile youth facility. We run more than 340 programs and events annually and engage a total of 15,000 young people and their families into our service annually.

Shape new possibilities. Be part of something more.

We are a proud equal opportunity employer. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply for our job opportunities. Our commitment is to provide safe and inclusive environments where everyone can grow and succeed.

About the role

A bit about the role
As a Practice Lead Counselling and Mental Health, you will supervise and provide clinical supervision to a vibrant team of children and youth counsellors who provide counselling to young people and families within Wyndham. You will draw on your expertise and experience in engaging at risk young people and will effectively advocate all issues in relation to mental health.

A confident leader, you will provide consultation and supervision to Council staff, providing strategies and expert advice on issues related to mental health and improving wellbeing. As an innovative and creative thinker, you will keep to continually improve at the forefront of what you do – ensuring the counselling service and youth services programs are tailored to meet the needs of local young people and families and are forged from evidence based research.

No two days are the same in this role, with responsibilities spanning from 1:1 counselling sessions, presentations, stakeholder meetings you will have the balance of client work and leadership functions in your role. Your knowledge of contemporary best practice in the area of therapy, counselling and supporting young people will ensure successful outcomes for community members.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to truly make a difference to a vibrant community. It is a unique opportunity to help Wyndham City transform the future of mental health for children and young people and be a devoted advocate in this space.

What you’ll deliver

  • Provide intake, assessment, confidential generalist counselling and family inclusive casework and/or a range of other counselling interventions to children, young people and families to help them reach their goals, improve their wellbeing, and strengthen their relationships
  • Lead and support the day to day operational coordination of the Youth Services Counselling service, ensuring that services are aligned to Councils key priorities and are reflective of the diverse and changing needs of the community
  • Provide professional direction, clinical supervision, expert advice, representation and reporting in the areas of counselling and youth mental health and wellbeing

What you’ll bring

  • Proven track record in building and maintaining positive working relationships, across multiple sectors and with a range of organisations and community members
  • Substantial experience in family therapy, counselling and engaging children and young people in a community setting
  • Substantial experience in providing clinical supervision to practitioners
  • Ability to work collaboratively and autonomously, being confident in your abilities and being able to provide advice to other team members
  • Tertiary qualification in Psychology or Counselling with a Post Graduate Qualification
  • Positive leadership skills to motivate and inspire others to work together as a team to achieve objectives
  • A positive, curious and flexible mind

Be part of something more
Take a look at our job opportunities and you may be surprised at what you discover: a future-focused culture, a sense of purpose and possibility, and real opportunities to strengthen our diverse community. It all adds up to make Wyndham City a great place to belong. 

Our people are our most valued asset. We are focused on building a culture that empowers every person to do their best work. Flexibility is built right into our DNA and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive workplace that celebrates a diverse workforce. Ask us how this role can be worked.

So, are you ready to shape new possibilities?

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Practice Lead Counselling and Mental Health via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services
Sector: #Government


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