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Counsellor Advocates

STTARS (Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Services)
  • Fixed Term 12 month Contract - Part time 0.6 to 1.0 FTE
  • Immediate Start
  • Make a difference in primary health care for people from refugee backgrounds


STTARS is a non-government, not for profit organisation who have been operating in South Australia since 1991. STTARS has no political or religious affiliations.

STTARS provides counselling and support services to people from refugee and migrant backgrounds who have experienced torture or been traumatised as a result of persecution, violence, war or unlawful imprisonment prior to arrival in Australia.

We are currently looking for highly experienced Counsellors to provide trauma informed, strength based and recovery orientated counselling for our clients.

The role of Counsellor will require a high level of professionalism complemented by a commitment to consistently deliver a high quality standard of work.


  • Conducting specialised assessments and developing counselling plans with the active involvement of clients
  • Providing trauma informed strengths based counselling
  • Preparation and maintenance of client notes, files and reports
  • Advocating for individuals and their families for the purposes of establishing connections to appropriate services
  • Facilitating group activities with therapeutic purpose
  • Providing outreach and support services to clients


  • Have relevant tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling or related health or social science discipline.
  • Experience in the counselling of adults, children and young people, including recognising and responding to the effects of torture, trauma and the specific impact on family relationships.
  • Experience undertaking comprehensive psycho-social assessments to establish appropriate therapeutic goals with clients.
  • Experience and an understanding of adapting counselling practice to cultural sensitivities.
  • Experience in working with interpreters.
  • Knowledge of counselling models that are trauma informed, strength based and recovery orientated.
  • Have an understanding of psychological, social and cultural issues confronting asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Be flexible to work from various locations as required.


  • Multiple roles
  • Fixed Term - 12 month Contract - Part time 0.6 to 1.0 FTE
  • Salary is based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award (SCHADS) 2010 - Level 5

As a team member at STTARS you can expect to be working alongside a highly skilled and professional team who are focused on the health and wellbeing of our clients.

We welcome applicants with lived experience and/or from a refugee background.

For further information about the role please contact Robyn Smythe, Director, on 8206 8900.

A position description is attached.

Appointment to this role is subject to you having / obtaining a current DCSI Child Related Employment Clearance. As a health care service all staff working for STTARS are required to provide evidence of COVID vaccinations or have an approved medical exemption.

Recruitment activities will commence immediately and close when we have found a suitable candidate so don’t delay in submitting your application.

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