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Specialist Family Violence Counsellor

Berry Street Victoria
  • Eaglemont location, Wurundjeri Country
  • Part time (0.6EFT), parental leave cover until Jan 2023
  • Salary package full time equivalent up to $110k pa (inclusive of base salary - $92k FTE, super and salary packaging)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision. Together.

The Opportunity

Berry Street’s Northern Specialist Family Violence Service (NSFVS) is a provider and access point for integrated family violence services in the Northern Metro Melbourne sub-region. The service provides a range of support services to families who have experienced family violence.

This role will play a critical role in providing counselling to victim survivors inclusive of cis gendered heterosexual women and, and people from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Community (LGBTIQ+) who have experienced family violence.

This role will work in a hybrid environment of part working from home and in the office.

Key Responsibilities

You will provide single-session, short-term and medium-term counselling to victim survivors who have experienced family violence. You will work from a framework that promotes a sense of self and encourages the victim survivors own empowerment and will have an understanding of the multi factorial contributors to the experience of family violence by an individual.

The role will provide group work as required that supports the recovery of impacts of family violence and offer consultation across the family violence program areas to staff working with victim survivors.

About You

A minimum Bachelor level qualification in Social Work or recent employment in the family violence sector or equivalency met through the 7 Equivalency Principles in line with the minimum mandatory qualification requirements. Please see here for further information.

The specialised level of this role will require the ability to be able to reflect and analyse complex situations arising in specialist family violence casework and the commitment to working collaboratively with the capacity to negotiate and liaise with other agencies and the community.

The Benefits

  • Work within a team where you are truly valued.
  • Trauma-informed leadership.
  • A commitment to ongoing learning opportunities.
  • Fortnightly supervision and monthly Reflective Practice.
  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions including Study Leave; Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave; and Parental Leave for eligible staff members.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria for the position to be submitted by clicking Apply Now.

A position description is attached.

Queries to Gina Pinches, Team Leader of Family Violence Counselling or Kate Cannon Program Manager on 03 9450 4700.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

Berry Street is categorised as an Authorised Provider and this position is considered authorised work and subject to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination requirements. You will be asked about your vaccination or exemption status and any accompanying evidence should your application proceed.

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