Employment Opportunities

Specialist Trauma Service Counsellor/Advocate
(0.8 EFT)

Employment until 30th June 2019 (with the possibility of 1-year extension)

WestCASA provides sexual assault counselling, advocacy, education and training services to the western metropolitan region of Melbourne. WestCASA is located in Werribee and delivers services on a weekly basis to three outreach locations in the Cities of Footscray, Melton and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (the women’s prison) at Deer Park. WestCASA also provides services to the Cities of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay & Maribyrnong.

WestCASA has expanded our sexual assault counselling service to deliver an extended specialist trauma service at DPFC. The service in prison now includes a service to women who have experienced sexual assault, family violence and other significant trauma. WestCASA now provides a comprehensive Specialist Trauma Services (STS) at DPFC. This position will work two days at DPFC and two days at our Wyndham (MDC) office. This position will be part of a seven-person team providing counselling, group work and training in the Specialist Trauma Services at DPFC.

The successful applicant will provide short to long-term counselling, crisis intervention and support, advocacy and group work to women incarcerated at DPFC. There will be opportunities to also provide the same support to women, men and young people (aged 12 years and over) who are have experienced sexual assault as adults or children at our MDC. We provide limited support to non-offending family and friends.
Staff receive regular clinical supervision and support through the DPFC Specialist Trauma Service Team Leader and the Clinical Services Manager and access to professional development both as part of a team and as an individual. WestCASA has a strong commitment to providing a learning environment and support for staff in their growth and development in this area of work.

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

WestCASA is a not-for-profit organisation with a community-based Board of Governance and 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 and complex trauma. You will have experience and a strong interest in working with complex trauma in a therapeutic environment. This position also requires an understanding of working within a correctional system and the additional barriers this creates that is not normally faced when working with individuals in the community. 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 and will consider flexible work arrangements. 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.

This position is fixed term until 30th June 2019 with the possibility of 1 year.

A generous salary is paid in accordance with the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault and the Health Services Union Agreement 2006-2007 and then the Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc (WestCASA) Employees Enterprise Agreement 2016 – 2020, once this has been approved by Fair work Australia. Generous salary packaging and meal benefit allowance is also available. The conditions of employment will be in accordance with the agreements as above.

For further information regarding the position please contact Robyn McIvor Chief Executive Officer on (03) 9216 0444.

Applications close at 9.00am Monday 25th February 2019.

Position description is available from info@westcasa.org.au and via the link below.