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Employment Opportunities

DPFC Counsellor/Advocate

Two Part time roles (0.8 and 0.6 FTE)

Fantastic opportunity for an experienced counsellor to provide specialist trauma services within the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre – Women’s Prison

WestCASA is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault, family violence and trauma counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for over 30 years. WestCASA provides counselling, a crisis response, advocacy, education and training and is located in Werribee, with outreach to Footscray, Melton and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC, a women’s prison) at Ravenhall.

The successful applicant will provide counselling to people who experience sexual assault and related family violence and other trauma within the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre. The role will also take intake calls and undertake assessments for clients within DPFC who have experienced sexual assault and related family violence trauma either recently or in the past, to enable access to our service. Though the role will predominantly be based at the DPFC, on occasion there may be a requirement to attend WestCASA’s counselling services at Werribee, Footscray and Melton.

Our staff receive regular clinical supervision and support through the Clinical Services Team and access to professional development both as part of a team and as an
individual. WestCASA is known for its strong commitment to providing a learning environment and support for staff in their growth and development in this area of work. It supports staff to develop capacities in relation to knowledge of current research and best practice in responding to complex trauma.

We provide services within a feminist and rights-based framework.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to and understanding of the personal and political issues surrounding sexual assault & family violence. You will have experience or a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic environment. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and contribute to a resilient team.

WestCASA provides a varied, engaging, and supportive professional work environment. Our staff form a vibrant and committed team. They are valued for their contribution and commitment and are supported in their professional development aspirations.

WestCASA welcomes applications from Aboriginal women and women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds.

For full details on the Counsellor/Advocate – Two Part time roles (0.8 and 0.6 FTE) position
> Download position pdf

For further information regarding the position:
Please contact Robyn McIvor on phone (03) 9216 0411.

Please submit a written application addressing the Key Selection Criteria, your Curriculum Vitae including three referees to:
Robyn McIvor,
Chief Executive Officer,
WestCASA, 236-Hoppers Lane,
WERRIBEE VIC 3030
Or email: karen@westcasa.org.au

Applications close 5 pm Wednesday 23 June 2021

After Hours Crisis Care Unit Counsellor/Advocate

(Casual)

Counsellor/Advocate to join our after-hours Crisis Care Unit.

WestCASA is a community based not-for-profit sexual assault, family violence and trauma counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for over 30 years. WestCASA provides counselling, a crisis response, advocacy, education and training and is located in Werribee, with outreaches at Footscray, Melton, Wyndham and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC, a women’s prison) at Deer Park.

We are looking for a Counsellor/Advocate to join our after-hours Crisis Care Unit. WestCASA provides a 24-hour response to recent sexual assaults, in partnership with the Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL), Western Health (Sunshine Hospital) and Victoria Police, SOCIT (Sexual Offences & Child Abuse Investigation Team) and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medication (VIFM). The Counsellor/Advocate on the after-hours team will provide a coordinated response outside business hours at the Sunshine Hospital. (Please see Job description). The after-hours team member may be expected to attend other hospitals in the western region, as well as Sunshine Hospital.

The successful applicant will be on call (on the after-hours roster) a minimum of four shifts per month. After-hours Counsellor/Advocates will provide services Monday to Friday between 5:00 pm to 9:00 am and Saturday to Sunday (24-hour shifts), including public holidays. Successful Counsellor/Advocates are expected to provide crisis care support and advocacy for the victim/survivor while liaising with WestCASA partners; SOCIT, VIFM and Western Health. (Please see job description)

Counsellor/Advocates are expected to attend monthly 2-hour meetings (first Tuesday of each month). The Crisis Care Coordinator will provide clinical support/supervision on an as needs basis.

WestCASA supports staff to develop capacities in relation to knowledge of current best practice in responding to complex trauma. WestCASA provides services within a feminist and rights-based framework.

WestCASA is a not-for-profit organisation with a community-based Board of Governance and is a member of the state-wide peak organisation of sexual assault services, CASA Forum. Services are funded by the Victorian Government.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to and understanding of the personal and political issues surrounding sexual assault & family violence. You will have experience or a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic

environment. You will be an excellent communicator, able to work independently and contribute to a resilient team.

WestCASA provides a varied, engaging, and supportive professional work environment. They are valued for their contribution and commitment and are supported in their professional development aspirations.

WestCASA welcomes applications from Aboriginal women and women from culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds.

A generous salary is paid in accordance the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc (WestCASA) Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 – 2020.

For full details on the After Hours Crisis Care Unit Counsellor/Advocate (Casual) position
> Download position pdf

For further information regarding the position:
Please contact Cindy Tarczon, CCU Coordinator via email: cindy@westcasa.org.au, and she will call you to discuss.

Please submit a written application addressing the Key Selection Criteria and include three referees to:
Robyn McIvor,
Chief Executive Officer,
WestCASA, 236-Hoppers Lane,
WERRIBEE VIC 3030
Or email: info@westcasa.org.au

Applications close 5 pm 30 June 2021

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