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Royal Commission Trauma Counsellor

WWILD-SVP Association Inc.

WWILD – Sexual Violence Prevention Association Inc. is a non-profit community organisation that works to achieve social justice and systemic change that upholds the rights of people with intellectual and learning disabilities to live free from violence.

WWILD provides counselling and case management to women and men with intellectual disabilities who have been victims of crime, their families and supporters in the Greater Brisbane area. We also run groups, develop resources and offer state-wide information, advice and referral services and professional training.

WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Association is collaborative, team-based feminist organisation which provides a supportive and flexible work culture.

WWILD offers salary packaging arrangements, professional development opportunities, a supportive team culture and some flexibility on days and hours with TOIL arrangements available. This position is offered at a Level 5-6 of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010-2011 (SCHCADS) (22.5 hours), dependent on level of experience.

The Royal Commission Counsellor is a part-time position until end of June 2022. The Royal Commission Counsellor will work closely with the Manager, other Counsellors, Victim of Crime Support Workers and Royal Commission Case Manager in providing support to people with intellectual disability who have been affected by the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities.

The role is providing individual medium-term trauma recovery counselling to young people and adults with intellectual disabilities who have been victims of recent or historical domestic or sexual violence, or other violence or abuse, neglect, or exploitation, and who are interested in engaging with the Disability Royal Commission. The role may also involve some minimal case management as well as providing support to the families and carers of people with intellectual disabilities who have been victims of recent or historical violence.

RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES

  • To respond in a professional manner to people with intellectual disability who have experienced recent or historical violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation using counselling and group work strategies.
  • To respond to above named client base in an open and flexible way utilising a variety of mediums to concretise their experiences, understand their options (e.g. safety, justice) and a range of concepts during counselling.
  • To assist clients to make submissions to the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disabilities.
  • Share in the responsibility with other team members in the role of intake and assessment as required.
  • Work with other staff to contribute to projects that utilise the knowledge gained through direct service delivery to further the organisation’s objectives and address target group needs.
  • To assist with client group work where necessary and if appropriate.
  • Actively contribute to creating an inclusive environment for clients and provide relevant referrals, information and advice to people with a disability, their families, carers, support workers and other professionals.
  • Actively commit and productively participate as a team member and in its operations to achieve the outcomes of the organisation, the provision of high quality and client focused service delivery.
  • Undertake appropriate administrative tasks required by the organisation and prepare appropriate data and reports as directed to the ensure accountability to funding bodies.

SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Demonstrated high level of knowledge and experience in trauma-informed practice and supporting those who have experienced violence and trauma, utilising a range of therapeutic interventions during individual counselling.
  2. A high level of knowledge and understanding of the effects, causes and dynamics of sexual abuse within a social and community context.
  3. A high level of knowledge and understanding of the dynamics, support needs and safe practice with those experiencing domestic violence.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of practice with people with intellectual disabilities, including communication strategies, and knowledge of the systemic nature of disadvantage, and how it impacts on people with disabilities.
  5. Strong oral and inter-personal communication and negotiation skills and ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with colleagues, clients and relevant sector stakeholders.
  6. An ability and willingness to contribute to the work of a team and work collaboratively with WWILD staff and external stakeholders.

Essential Requirements

  • Current driver’s license.
  • An ability to utilise a range of basic business software packages.
  • Eligible for a ‘suitability card’ from the Commission for Children and Young People or exemption status. This position is subject to pre – employment history checks including a working with children suitability check.
  • Relevant Tertiary (or other relevant) Qualifications in Counselling or Psychology, Social Work or Behavioural Sciences,

Preferred Requirements

  • Some knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system.

Referees:

  • Contact details are required of at least two referees who have supervised you or are knowledgeable about your work. Referees from recent employers are preferred.

WWILD values diversity and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Contact us for further information at wwildmanager@wwild.org.au, using the subject line: Royal Commission Trauma Counsellor enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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