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Senior Practitioner Redress Services

Employer: drummond street services
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Mental Health & Counselling, Social Work
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 09 October, 2019.
Applications close: 25 October, 2019.

  • Are you a compassionate professional with a commitment to social justice?
  • Do you want to become an agent of change?
  • This is your opportunity to contribute to the recovery of Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse their families and loved ones through counselling and support services

About drummond street services & the Redress Support Service

drummond street services (DS) is a not-for-profit, non-denominational agency that has over 130 years in the development and delivery of innovative services that strengthen families and communities with a strong focus on evidence-based/informed practice and across the prevention and early intervention spectrum of universal and targeted support.

Redress Services provide counselling and support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse their families and loved ones who are making an application to the National Redress Scheme or have accepted an offer of counselling with Restore – Victorian Redress Counselling Service. Services are informed by drummond street’s learnings and the input of survivors in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The service offers a trans-disciplinary trauma informed, recovery model of support with survivors their families and loved ones that is flexible, compassionate, respectful, empowering and holistic.

Your role as Senior Practitioner

drummond street is seeking a Senior Practitioner to join their Redress Support Service on a part-time, contract basis until the end of June 2020 (possibility of extension subject to funding). This role will be based in Carlton, with travel with metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria as required.

Reporting to the Team Leader Redress Support Service, this role will see you providing practice leadership for and delivery of high quality Redress Services to survivors. This is an extremely important position contributing to the success of Redress Services. You'll provide a diverse range of services relevant to each survivor's situation, harnessing opportunities to facilitate and encourage an ongoing, open dialogue. 

About you

drummond street services is welcoming applications from creative and compassionate individuals who are looking to become part of a team committed to social justice for survivors their families and loved ones. You'll be driven to promote positive change and always provide the highest level of service. 

The following will be essential in this position:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (i.e. Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health) and further training in relation to family work
  • Current Accreditation with a relevant professional body, e.g., APS, AASW
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the counselling, family services and/or mental health sectors
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience providing clinical supervision to practitioners
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with survivors of institutional child sexual abuse
  • Demonstrated knowledge of complex trauma and recovery approaches to intervention
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of a range of therapeutic approaches for individuals, couples and families.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing supportive counselling and case work that supports children and families with multiple and complex needs such as mental health, family violence and drug and alcohol issues
  • Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • A genuine interest and commitment to working with LGBTIQ, Aboriginal, refugee, disability, CaLD and other higher risk cohorts.
  • A background working within a trans-disciplinary team, including team members with lived experience
  • Experience providing support services to both individuals and groups

Applicants who have a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

A rewarding opportunity

This is an incredibly gratifying opportunity to act as a key change-agent within a passionate NFP organisation.

Upon joining drummond street services, you'll be welcomed into a hard-working, compassionate and supportive team of individuals from diverse backgrounds. You'll leave each and every day knowing you've made a positive impact on the delivery of support services and a true difference to the lives of survivors their families and loved ones.

In return for your dedication and commitment, you will be offered an attractive remuneration package (negotiable based on experience), as well as salary packaging options.

If you're looking to contribute to positive change and make a difference to the lives of survivors, Apply Now! 

A full Position Description is attached below.

How to apply for this job

All applicants must provide a resume and address all the following questions for their application to be considered. Applicants should try to keep their responses to not more than about 250 words per question.

  1. Briefly outline your experience in working with Survivors of institutional child sexual abuse and their Families.
  2. What is your understanding of the National Redress Scheme?
  3. Please elaborate on your experience providing trauma informed recovery-oriented case work and/or counselling services to individuals and families, including detail on your work with people who have one or more significant disadvantage impacting on their lives. – this can include individual/family work and group work
  4. Why do you believe that lived experience is an essential part of a recovery-oriented service to Survivors and their Families?

Applicants should be sent to, using the subject line: Senior Practitioner Redress Services application via EthicalJobs.

Supporting materials  Senior Child and Family Recovery Practitioner - June 19.docx