Career Opportunity

Counsellor - Family Violence


Reference: 4973441

  • Permanent Part-Time Position - 30.4 hours per week
  • Based across our Footscray and Werribee sites
  • Competitive Salary + Generous Salary Packaging Options

What We Offer

You will be joining a dedicated and caring team of professionals, you will also enjoy:

  • The opportunity to join one of Melbourne's most respected non-profit organisations
  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Keep your work-life balance in check with the flexibility of part-time hours
  • Generous salary packaging options, which will significantly increase the value of take-home pay

Our Counselling Service delivers a therapeutic service to residents in the western suburbs of Melbourne with a focus on marginalised communities. This position provides specialised family violence counselling service for women and is focused on safety of women and children. Presenting with issues such as trauma, relationships concerns, depression and anxiety.

This role provides a crucial response to the psycho-social/mental health needs of cohealth clients in collaboration with other cohealth services. Counselling duties are the primary focus however the position may also include intake, casework, care-planning, group work and health promotion.

Your daily duties will be diverse however, in essence will include:

  • Providing ethical, flexible, professional goal-directed and client-centred counselling services, to a range of individuals and families within a systems approach;
  • Provide a culturally safe, trauma-informed counselling service for people from marginalised background and a generalist client caseload
  • Providing casework, referral and advocacy to clients particularly where this would enhance the therapeutic work and/or where other services are not available;
  • Working with other professionals in an inter-professional approach within the refugee health team; and
  • Ensuring all reporting, record keeping, data management and other administrative duties are done in a timely fashion.

Being a councillor, you're already a compassionate, caring individual by definition. You wouldn't have a career if that weren't the case. What else you can bring to the role is;

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work;
  • Eligibility for membership of Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW);
  • Proven capacities to work effectively with women impacted by family violence and their children;
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct risk assessments and safety planning for women and children.
  • High-level understanding of the impact of trauma and ability to use trauma-informed practice interventions;
  • High level of understanding on how Family violence affects children and young people
  • Well-developed capacity for counselling assessment and formulation towards client-centred care planning
  • A sensitivity to, and understanding of, the needs of clients from diverse backgrounds.
  • Effective communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Sound knowledge of information technology systems and software such as Microsoft Word, Outlook and client management systems.

Additional information can be obtained by viewing the attached position description

Who is cohealth?

We believe in developing our people, to assist in driving continuous improvement within the organisation. At the same time, we're dedicated to creating a working culture where staff members can flourish. We work hard to ensure that all our positions are challenging and rewarding, where you can utilise and further develop your skills to truly make a difference.

For more information about cohealth and the services provided, please visit our website:

People accepting employment with cohealth are unable to access our services, some exemptions may apply.

The successful candidate will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number and criminal record history check)

Applications Close: 31 Jan 2020