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Intake and Brief Intervention Practitioner (Counsellor Advocate)

About The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre 

We are a leading organisation offering a comprehensive suite of services to clients and the community across the Barwon, West Melbourne and Wimmera Regions. Providing specialist sexual assault and family violence programs and services, including 24 hour crisis care support, case management, therapeutic counselling, early intervention and professional education and training, we continue to grow and develop our offerings.

About The Role

This role provides a specialised first point of contact for our service in the assessment of adults, young people, children and families (with non-offending parent/s) who have experienced sexual assault or family violence, and for children and young people who engage in problematic or abusive sexualised behaviours.

As the first point of contact for our organisation it is important that the intake service provides an informed, timely, consistent, client-centred response that is focused on a high quality service. You will provide brief interventions as part of the counselling team and refer clients to relevant counselling and therapeutic programs internally.

The role reports to a Team Leader, is supported by a team of highly skilled and qualified practitioners and receives regular clinical supervision and valuable peer and organisational support.

About You

With degree qualifications in social work, psychology, family therapy or similar discipline you will be able to demonstrate your understanding of the delivery of trauma informed therapeutic interventions and intake experience.

If you share our vision for a community free from family violence and sexual assault and are motivated to make a difference, we would like to hear from you.

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work, including by investing in your development and wellbeing. You will have access to leading specialists and training and development that supports you in your role and in your longer term career journey. We offer a variety of career pathway options, leading salary packaging benefits and flexible working arrangements that support you in your work and your life.

Why work for The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre?

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre takes pride in being an employer of choice; we are passionate about the wellbeing of our team members and we celebrate diversity and inclusion in all we do. We have a high level of employee engagement and satisfaction and provide a number of complementary benefits to our staff, some of our benefits include:

  • Generous above award Enterprise Agreement entitlements
  • Flexible and part time working arrangements
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 10 weeks Paid parental leave
  • Salary packaging
  • Health and Wellbeing initiatives
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Social initiatives
  • Positive workplace culture

The SAFV Centre acknowledges and respects the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the land.

How To Apply

Applications close 5:00pm Wednesday 22 February 2023

To apply, please send your resume and response to the key selection criteria to [email protected]All applications must address the key selection criteria outlined in the PD. 

For a confidential discussion, please contact Chantale White on 0487 546 939.

The SAFV Centre is a registered Child Safe Organisation; committed to safeguarding children and young people. The successful candidate will be required to maintain a current Working With Children’s check and National Police Check.

The SAFV Centre requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated (two doses) against COVID-19, unless they are an Excepted Person as defined by the COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination (Workers) Directions. All applicants and students must therefore be able to comply with this requirement.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Essential Qualifications and Experience

    Your application must address the following:

    1. Degree or above qualification in social work, psychology, family therapy or similar discipline.
  • Essential Skills and Knowledge
    • Demonstrated knowledge in working with the dynamics and impact of trauma on children and adults and families affected by sexual assault and/or family violence.
    • Demonstrated understanding of working from person-centred, strengths-based framework including an understanding of gender analysis, human rights and feminist theory.
    • Confident to provide specialist knowledge and secondary consultation, and to communicate, liaise and negotiate within a team and with other relevant professionals.
    • Demonstrated assessment skills for all SAFV Centre Programs, including safety and risk assessment, crisis intervention, and ongoing therapeutic care.
    • Demonstrated commitment to efficient processes and systems, continuous quality improvement, systems review and development.
    • Demonstrated organisation skills and ability to maintain accurate and confidential client records, record statistical data information and prepare professional reports.
    • Demonstrated resilience and aptitude in working with complex and demanding matters, sound judgement and ability to prioritise competing demands.
    • Ability to communicate with and work collaboratively across complex systems including but not limited to police, judicial, medical, educational, child protection, community services and family systems.
    • Demonstrated commitment to professional conduct, individual and peer supervision, debriefing and self-care practices.
    • Demonstrated commitment to a learning culture, continuous quality improvement and an ability to practice in a changing environment.
    • High level of competency in key components of Microsoft Office applications combined with the ability to learn and adapt to new information technology systems.
    • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and to value and contribute to a positive workplace as a team member.
  • Other
    • Commitment to the vision, values and purposes of The SAFV Centre.
    • Commitment to continuous quality improvement and cultural equity in service delivery.
    • Current Victorian Driver’s Licence.
  • Referees

    Applicants must provide the name and current contact details of 3 professional referees including the most recent or current supervisor.

  • Period of Appointment

    This position is ongoing, dependent on the continuation of funding to the service.

  • Hours of Work

    The position is part-time (0.6 FTE)

    • Location of the position is at the Wimmera office or (outpost)
    • Hours will usually be worked during business hours of 9.00 am to 5.06 pm. between Monday to Friday
    • The days are based on the needs of the service
    • Flexibility in working hours will be required from time to time as the need arises.
  • Salary and Conditions
    • Industrial Instrument: The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre Enterprise Agreement 2018.
    • Salary Packaging is provided via Maxxia. Our organisation holds PBI status with other expenses available to package above this cap. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre is a Public Benevolent Institution.
    • Superannuation: The employer will also make superannuation payments on your behalf in accordance with the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992.
    • Probationary Period – 6 months with a review conducted during this time.
  • Employee Responsibility – Mandatory prior to commencement

    Employee expense:

    • Valid Working with Children Check
    • National Police Records Check – renewed every 3 years of employment at employee expense

This position description is subject to review and may change in accordance with the needs of our organisation; including our operations, our clients and our stakeholders.

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre acknowledges the traditional owners and custodians of the land we stand on. We are committed to working toward creating a community where all people indigenous and non-indigenous are safe, connected and empowered to live well. The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre recognises the diverse needs of our community and we ensure our services are inclusive of all children, young people and their families including those who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who identify as LGBTIQ and persons living with disability. We work collaboratively with people and partner organisations who also support our diverse client group. Interpreter and translator services are available to all our clients upon request.

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