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Counsellor / Advocate

Companion House

Companion House: Assisting Survivors of Torture and Trauma

Opportunity for people with a degree in social work, psychology or counselling.

Are you interested in working with children and adults from refugee backgrounds? Join an innovative and supportive counselling team.

Companion House is a non-government, community based organisation. We provide services and support to adults and children who have sought refuge in Australia from persecution, torture and war related trauma.

We will structure a full time position or more than one part time position around the needs and skills of suitable applicants. Applicants need to nominate their need for part time or full time work and interest in working with adults, children or both.

People with strong cross cultural skills and/or experience working with trauma are encouraged to apply. You need to have demonstrated experience in providing assessment and therapeutic interventions and advocacy for a diverse range of people.

The positions are well supported through internal supervision and an external clinical supervisor. Level 6 position under the SCHADS (Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services) Award 2010, plus salary sacrifice options. 

selection criteria


  1. Understanding of the impact of torture/trauma experiences on health and psychosocial functioning.
  2. Degree level qualifications in social work, psychology or a relevant discipline, demonstrated experience in and ability to provide assessment and therapeutic interventions and advocacy for a diverse range of people.
  3. Comprehensive understanding of and ability to structure work according to Companion House policies and procedures, practice frameworks and implementation of standards.
  4. Skills in cross-cultural counselling with adults and children with a proven ability to provide therapeutic interventions for those affected by trauma.
  5. Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team with a range of health professionals.
  6. Demonstrated ability to organise workload and work within agreed frameworks.
  7. Understanding or ability to acquire knowledge of refugee migration pathways, settlement services and other relevant support structures.


  1. An understanding of refugee settlement in Australia or another country.
  2. Skills in community languages.

Working at Companion House is rewarding, interesting and well supported by a motivated and professional staff team.

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