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Complex Trauma Recovery Practitioner

Drummond Street Services
  • Do you want the opportunity to work for justice, choice and self-determination for people with disability?
  • First Nations People and people from Culturally Diverse Communities, LGBTIQ+ people and people with disability are encouraged to apply
  • Applicants who have a lived experience are encouraged to apply 
  • Committed to prioritising child safety and adhere to the Reportable Conduct Scheme for organisations

Drummond Street Services provides trauma responsive, recovery-oriented counselling, case work and advocacy services to people with disability who have experienced violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation. We work to ensure people with disability can safely share their story with the Disability Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, as well as meet their day-to-day living goals.

About the role

drummond street services (ds) is seeking an experienced complex trauma Practitioner to join their service for people with disability, Your Way Through: Independent support for people affected by the Disability Royal Commission on a part-time or full time, contract basis until the end of June 2022, with the possibility of a longer contract subject to funding. This role will be based in Northern region (Carlton & Coburg locations), with occasional travel in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria required.

Reporting to the Senior Complex Trauma Practitioner, this role will see you collaborate with a trans-disciplinary trauma informed team to ensure delivery of high quality, client led counselling, case work and advocacy services.

You are a skilled counselling practitioner, experienced in case work, who is looking to become part of a team committed to social justice and intersectionality. You can share and build knowledge to support trauma responsive practice that centres the voice of survivors who are people with disabilities that have experiences of trauma due to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

About Drummond Street Services & Your Way Through

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, early intervention, treatment and recovery spectrum of universal and targeted support. We supported survivors to tell their story to the Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and continue to support survivors to seek justice through the National Redress Scheme and Restore-Victorian Redress Counselling Service.

Following years of sustained advocacy by people with disabilities, in 2019 the Commonwealth Government established the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability. Learnings from the Royal Commission will help to inform Australian governments, institutions and the wider community on how to prevent, and better protect, people with disability from experiencing violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation in the future.

Your Way Through provides state-wide, trauma informed counselling, case work and advocacy services that are accessible, client-focused and meet the needs of people with disability, their families, carers, support workers and advocates. The service offers a model of support and advocacy that is flexible, compassionate, respectful, empowering and holistic with the aim of addressing individual client needs and undertaking systematic advocacy. The service centres a human rights model of disability and employs a number of staff who have disabilities and are also members of the LGBTIQA+ communities.

Our services assertively engage those experiencing marginalisation and/or discrimination, prioritising First Nations people, people of colour, and/or those identifying as LGBTIQA+, with a specific focus on public housing residents. 

Selection Criteria

Essential 

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant field (i.e., Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health) and along with other training and experience related to delivery of trauma informed counselling services for people who experience complex trauma, with a specific focus on people with disability.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of delivering counselling and case work for people with disabilities, people who experience complex trauma and recovery approaches to intervention.
  • A minimum of two years’ experience in the counselling, family services, the disability sector and/or mental health sectors
  • History of working with people with disability in a manner which centres human rights and intersectionality.
  • Demonstrate your genuine interest and commitment to collaborating with LGBTIQA+, First Nation, and people of colour in a way that is affirming.
  • Demonstrated experience with providing interventions that support individuals and families with multiple and complex needs such as experiencing barriers to the NDIS, or DSP, complex communication, mental health, family violence and drug and alcohol issues.

Highly Desirable

  • You identify as belonging to LGBTIQA+ communities, as well as other communities with whom ds assertively engages. Applicants who have a lived experience of disability are encouraged to apply.  
  • Experience working with young people and children with disabilities.  

To discuss your application contact Vicki Khouri, Manager Your Way Through on 03 9663 6733 or vicky.khouri@ds.org.au using the subject line: Complex Trauma Recovery Practitioner enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Application process

All applicants must provide a resume and covering letter addressing the following:

  1. Your knowledge and experience of delivering counselling for people with disabilities, people who experience complex trauma and 
  2. Your history of working alongside LGBTIQA+ staff and clients in a way that is affirming.

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