Counsellor/Advocate (0.8 EFT)

West CASA Contact details

Employment until 30th June 2019

WestCASA provides sexual assault counselling, advocacy, education and training services to the western metropolitan region of Melbourne. WestCASA is located in Werribee and delivers services on a weekly basis to three outreach locations in Footscray, the Cities of Melton and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (the women's prison) at Deer Park. It also provides services to the Cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay & Maribyrnong.

WestCASA has expanded our sexual assault counselling service to deliver an extended specialist trauma service at DPFC. The service in prison now includes a service to women who have experienced family violence and other trauma. WestCASA now provides a comprehensive Specialist Trauma Services (STS) at DPFC.

This position will work four days delivering Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) at our Wyndham MDC office. (the four days includes Mondays and Fridays). This position will be part of a team providing counselling, group work and training in the Specialist Trauma Services.

The successful applicants will provide short to medium term counselling, crisis intervention & support, advocacy and group work to women, men and young people (aged 12 years and over) who are have experienced sexual assault as adults or children. We provide limited support to non-offending family and friends.

Staff receive regular clinical supervision and support through the MDC Specialist Trauma Service Team Leader and the Clinical Services Manager and access to professional development both as part of a team and as an individual. WestCASA has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment and support for staff in their growth and development in this area of work.

WestCASA supports staff to develop capacities in relation to knowledge of current research and best practice in responding to complex trauma. WestCASA provides trauma counselling services within a feminist and rights-based framework.

WestCASA is a not-for-profit organisation with a community-based Board of Governance and a member of the state-wide peak organisation of sexual assault services CASA Forum. Services are funded by the Victorian Government.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to and understanding of the personal and political issues surrounding sexual assault. You will have experience and a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic environment. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and contribute to a resilient team.

WestCASA provides a varied, engaging and supportive professional work environment and will consider flexible work arrangements. Our staff form a vibrant and committed team. They are valued for their contribution and commitment and are supported in their professional development aspirations.

WestCASA welcomes applications from Aboriginal women and women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds.

This position is fixed term until 30th June 2019 and possibly extended if additional funding is available.

The salary is paid in accordance with the Heath Services Union of Australia (Victoria – Public Sector) Health Professional Services Award. Salary packaging and meal benefit allowance is available.

For further information regarding the position:

Please contact Robyn McIvor, Chief Executive Officer on (03) 9216 0444.

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Applications close at 5.00pm Monday 15th October 2018.

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