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Crisis Counsellors / Advocates


Employer: Canberra Rape Crisis Centre
Work Type/s: Full Time, Part Time
Classification/s: Mental Health & Counselling, Social Work, Women's Organisations & Services
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Canberra & ACT

Job posted on: 10 September, 2019.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Various roles
  • Permanent and Part Time Positions (SaCS/MEA Grade 5) - Full time Equivalent
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Canberra Rape Crisis Centre is inviting applicants who have a broad and diverse background in domestic, family and sexual violence to contribute to a national program.

About us:

The Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) is a non-government, not for profit, feminist organisation working to eliminate sexual violence against women, young people, children, families and men.

We provide:

  • A 24 hour crisis call out service to police and forensic services every day of the year
  • A crisis and counselling telephone support service between 7am-11pm (7 days a week)
  • Counselling and group work to survivors of sexual assault and their families and supporters
  • Education, training and professional consultation to agencies and private practitioners

CRCC is a complex and unique agency that encompasses a service dedicated to supporting men, Service Assisting Male Survivors of Sexual Assault (SAMSSA), and a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander community service, Nguru, that provides crisis and counselling support for the impacts and effects of recent and historical trauma, making CRCC nationally unique for the diversity of services provided within one agency.

Position responsibilities include, but not limited to:

  • Participate in a crisis roster for telephone crisis intervention, between the service hours of 7:00am and 11:00pm seven days a week and callouts to medical, police and forensic services, including after hour shifts
  • Provide counselling, information referral, advocacy and support services to women, men, children, young people and their non-offending supporters, who have experienced sexual assault
  • Develop, coordinate and monitor case plans of CRCC clients including attendance at case conferences as appropriate to the role
  • Provide information, consultation and informal debriefing regarding issues related to client work
  • Support clients to navigate the criminal justice system and other legal or administrative systems
  • In consultation with Management, write reports for external agencies, such as reports for the Family Court, Criminal Courts, Immigration, Housing, Centrelink and victim impact statements
  • Adhere to policies, procedures and established work practices
  • Demonstrate respect and work with diversity and difference in the workplace and in the community

Selection criteria:

  • Articulate knowledge and understanding of the causes and consequences of domestic, family and sexual violence, within a feminist framework
  • Ability to or experience in presenting and delivering training to professional organisations and clients
  • Ability to or experience in forming relationships and partnerships with other professional organisation and in working with them towards joint goals
  • Proven ability to work independently within a team environment, to identify priorities, meet deadlines and to manage the workload
  • Demonstrated ability to work positively in a team to promote and model collaborative and respectful staff and client relationships
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy including use of Word, email and information databases

Mandatory requirements:

  • This is a woman only position under section 34 (1) of the Discrimination Act 1991 which does not make it unlawful for a person to discriminate against someone else on the grounds of sex in relation to a position as an employee, contract worker etc., if it is a genuine occupational qualification for the position
  • Child Protection legislation requires that the preferred applicant will be required to undertake an employment screening including a Police check and must hold a current Working with Vulnerable Persons Card
  • Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology or counselling or relevant experience are required
  • A current driver’s license is required

Desired requirements:

  • Previous experience working in an advocacy or service delivery organisation

Benefits: Above award rates are paid, clinical and cultural supervision is provided. CRCC is a flexible and supportive work environment.

Canberra Rape Crisis Centre supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with a disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.

How to apply for this job

Applications addressing the selection criteria including current resume, should be sent to crcc@crcc.org.au, using the subject line: Crisis Counsellors / Advocates application via EthicalJobs.

For more information regarding the position please contact crcc@crcc.org.au.