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Trauma Counsellors x2

WWILD-SVP Association Inc.

who we are

WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Assn. is a respected feminist, community-based organisation who supports people with intellectual disability of all genders to live good lives, with no violence. Our primary programs are our Sexual Assault Service and our Victims of Crime Program, and we are based in North Brisbane.

WWILD is currently recruiting for two Trauma Counsellors to expand our therapeutic support for people (primarily women) with intellectual disability recovering from trauma associated with experiencing sexual violence and other abuse, to offer further outreach locations in Brisbane North and South. Support to recover may include individual counselling, psychoeducational or therapeutic groups to clients with intellectual disabilities who have experienced sexual violence or other abuse. These roles may also involve some minimal case management and delivering professional training to increase the capacity of service providers, families and carers to respond appropriately to this client group.

Hours and Location

These positions are fixed-term part-time (22.5 - 30 hrs/week neg.) for two years, and is based in North Brisbane in Wooloowin and will involve outreach to either Brisbane North or Brisbane South outreach locations. Some room for negotiation around what days will be worked.

Salary and Conditions:

  • Level 4-5 of the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010-2011 (SCHCADS) (22.5-30 hours neg.), level dependent on level of experience, plus 11% super (to increase to 11.5% from July 1st) and salary sacrificing arrangements. 
  • Above award conditions including additional leave for block stand-down during Christmas-New Year period, and additional COVID-19 leave.
  • The position is subject to a probationary period of three months and an annual performance review.
  • The position is reliant on the availability of ongoing funding.

Responsibilities / Duties

  • To respond in a professional manner to people with intellectual disability who are at risk of or who have experienced acute or historical sexual assault using counselling, group work or community education strategies.
  • To respond to above named client base in an open and flexible way utilising a variety of mediums to concretise and process their experiences, understand their options (e.g. safety, justice) and a range of concepts during counselling, group work and community education.
  • Share in the responsibility with other team members in the role of intake and assessment as required.
  • Undertake minimal client support through worker mentoring and professional development with other organisations where the client is unable to attend counselling at WWILD due to location/distance.
  • Develop and deliver community education to clients, parents, family and carers, and professional training to other service professionals (government and nongovernment), to develop their ability and capacity to support people with disabilities who are either at risk of or who have experienced acute or historical sexual assault.
  • Work with the Victim of Crime Community Education and Training workers, and Manager to develop projects that utilise the knowledge gained through direct service delivery to further the organisation’s objectives and address target group needs.
  • Actively contribute to creating an inclusive environment for clients.
  • Provide relevant referral and information support to people with a disability, their families, carers, support workers and other professionals.
  • Where appropriate, participate in networks and interest groups to further develop responses to address the needs of our target group and to ensure an up-to-date understanding of current trends and issues.
  • Actively commit and productively participate as a team member and in its operations to achieve the outcomes of the organisation, the provision of high quality and client focused service delivery.
  • To uphold the human rights of all service users in compliance with the Human Rights Act 2019. 
  • Undertake appropriate administrative tasks required by the organisation and complete ongoing data reporting and evaluations as directed to ensure accountability to funding bodies.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the issues facing people with intellectual disabilities including the systemic nature of disadvantage, sexual abuse and domestic violence, and how these impact on people with disabilities.
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the effects, causes and dynamics of sexual abuse within a social and community context.
  3. Demonstrated experience in adapting and providing therapeutic interventions to support people with intellectual and other disabilities who have experienced sexual violence, or other gendered or interpersonal violence to recover from trauma.
  4. Demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating therapeutic and/or psycho-educational groups with a commitment to developmental practice and a capacity to explore methods which are creative, flexible and effective.
  5. Strong oral and inter-personal communication and negotiation skills and ability to build and sustain effective working relationships with colleagues, clients and relevant sector stakeholders.
  6. An ability and willingness to contribute to the work of a team and work collaboratively with WWILD staff and external stakeholders in undertaking research, training and education programs.

Essential Requirements

  • Current driver’s license.
  • Confidence and ability to utilise a range of basic business software packages.
  • Eligible for a Blue Card from the Commission for Children and Young People. This position is subject to pre – employment history checks including a working with children suitability check.
  • Relevant Tertiary Qualifications in Social Work, Counselling or Psychology
  • At least 2 years experience in providing therapeutic support to people affected by interpersonal violence.
  • An Intersectional Feminist framework.

Preferred Requirements

  • Some knowledge and experience of the criminal justice system and workplace training.


  • Contact details are required of at least two referees who have supervised you or are knowledgeable about your work. Referees from recent employers and/or relevant organisations are preferred.

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