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Senior Child Counsellor

Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • South Suburbs of Melbourne
  • Clinical supervision provided by experienced clinical psychologist
  • Pool vehicle provided for work travel
  • 12 month fixed term contract

About Us

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of therapeutic services, professional training and secondary consultation built upon up-to-date evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development. This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundations Therapeutic Services.

Social Worker/Psychologist - Pathways to Resilience Program

The Pathways to Resilience Program focuses on addressing the impacts of family violence to ensure that children, young people and families are safe, heal from their experiences of violence and develop resilience into the future, and includes working with young people who use violence in the home. This program is delivered in partnership between ACF, Uniting and EACH in Southern Melbourne.

About the role:

ACF currently has an exciting vacancy for a 0.8 EFT Social Worker/Psychologist, for a 12 months fixed-term period. This position will provide group programs as well as counselling, that aims to address the impacts of family violence for children, young people, and their parents/carers. You will have a clinical leadership focus with regard to the implementation of appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people within their particular care setting, including out of home care, and works closely with professionals and carers to develop trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to support children and young people recovering from family violence. Please note that some outreach will be required in this role.

About you - Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Previous experience in working with adolescents.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children and young people.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, other agencies and the community.
  • Experience working with adolescents is preferred.
  • A current Victoria driver's license and Working with Children Check or equivalent.

Remuneration & Benefits:

  • Competitive Compensation: Enjoy a salary that reflects your experience and qualifications.
  • Salary Packaging: Personalise how you receive your rewards to suit your financial goals.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Access a wide range of support services to enhance your well-being.
  • Guided Individual and Group Supervision: Benefit from regular sessions providing clinical guidance and support.
  • Collaborative Connections: Join forces with our Australian-wide ACF Therapeutic Services Teams, a network of professionals committed to making a difference.
  • Access to an Extensive Resources Library: Dive into a wealth of knowledge and insights from leading experts in the field, continually enhancing your impact.

To Apply:

Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children? Please click 'Apply Now' and attach a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter, addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria.

For more information about the role or a copy of the position description please email Human Resources at [email protected] using the subject line: Senior Child Counsellor enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Members of the LGBTIQ+ community are strongly encouraged to apply.

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