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Counsellor - Domestic & Family Violence

Job No: S3368
Location: Anglicare SQ - Mental Health & Wellbeing - Brisbane South, QLD

About the Position

Anglicare SQ’s Mental Health and Family Wellbeing teams assist all kinds of people who may be struggling to overcome challenges, providing support in the home, workplace or community. Our Domestic and Family Violence service provides comprehensive assessments, group-work and individual counselling to men who have perpetrated Domestic and Family Violence. Increasing the safety of affected family members, particularly women and children, through facilitating change and accountability with the man, is the first priority. The wellbeing of all family members is also a focus.

We are currently looking for a part time Counsellor to join our team, working three days per week and providing service to the Metro South region. As a Counsellor - Domestic and Family Violence, you will provide group facilitation and individual counselling and case management services to men who have perpetrated domestic and family violence. This position may also provide and/or coordinate the provision of advocacy, information, support and referral services to survivors (primarily women and children) affected by the man’s violence.            


About You

With a background in Social Services, you will have significant experience working within domestic and family violence services, and knowledge of mental health or substance abuse. Your capabilities in this area will include:

  • Capacity to effectively engage and work productively with both mandated and voluntary male clients
  • Ability to administer and interpret outcomes-based assessments, and perform domestic violence risk assessments
  • Facilitation of both group and individual counselling, and provide support services using evidence based frameworks
  • Develop goals and case plans with men that align with the priority of ceasing the use of abusive, violent and controlling behaviour, as well as supporting improved wellbeing
  • Provide Court support services to perpetrators of Domestic and Family Violence
  • Provide advocacy, information and referrals to partners and other family members affected by domestic violence
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external agencies and groups to manage risk and provide the best outcomes possible
  • Participate in continuous improvement objectives and maintain current awareness of legislative requirements and practice standards

Along with the ability to relate effectively with a wide range of people, particularly men who have used violence towards women and children, who may also have mental health and/or substance abuse issues, you will also offer:

  • Maturity and emotional resilience with the ability to self-care effectively
  • A calm, professional approach with the ability to use initiative & sound judgement in decision making
  • Demonstrated organisational and self-management skills with the ability to prioritise your own workload whilst working within a team environment
  • Excellent communication skills and a sound understanding of group dynamics
  • Flexibility and availability to work outside of normal business hours as required, and across two sites within the Brisbane region

Your official qualifications and certifications will include:

  • A relevant degree in Psychology, Counselling, Social Work or similar
  • Post graduate qualifications in a relevant field would be considered highly desirable
  • Membership of a relevant professional body or eligibility to apply
  • A current National Police Certificate
  • Current Positive Blue Card (Working with Children) with Yellow Card exemption
  • A current Queensland Drivers Licence and your own reliable vehicle


Due to the nature of this role only female applicants will be considered. This is arguable under Section 25 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.


What We Offer

Anglicare is committed to building a highly skilled workforce, assisted by a dedicated management team. We support our staff with learning and development initiatives, an employee benefits program and progressive human resources management strategies, and are recognised as a leading employer in the non-profit sector. You will also enjoy:

  • Being part of a highly regarded domestic violence prevention service, operating in the Brisbane region for over 25 years
  • Strong management and leadership structure in a rewarding and safe workplace that promotes excellence
  • Work and life balance with part time hours within a dedicated and supportive team environment
  • The option to increase your take home pay with salary packaging


Show Your Interest

Apply now and be rewarded with a position that directly and positively influences the quality of life for our clients; working with an organisation that values your professional contribution and personal well-being.  People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Description


For further information please contact

Anna Haylock on 07 3028 4600


Applications close Sunday 22nd April 2018

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Assessment that requires disclosure of pre-existing injuries, illnesses or conditions that could reasonably be aggravated by performing the duties of this position.


About Us

Anglicare Southern Queensland is a proud member of the Anglicare Australia network. We provide the support you need for the life you want in partnership with government and other support organisations in response to identified care needs throughout southeast Queensland.

For over 140 years our staff have connected with people on every step of their life path, responding with compassion, creativity, commitment and courage to the needs of the members of our community who require support.

Every day the passionate staff and volunteers of Anglicare Southern Queensland are working to respond to growing community demand for our services. Whether it is providing nursing care and domestic assistance in the home, physiotherapy to enable the return of mobility, emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence, working with foster carers in the care of vulnerable children, a safe caring environment for the elderly, skills training for young unemployed people or parental education and counselling, Anglicare Southern Queensland is here, to offer the best quality support to enable you to live the life that you want.

We also offer a range of specialist services within indigenous, homeless, multicultural and rural and remote communities.  The work of Anglicare Southern Queensland stretches from Cairns to Coolangatta, from Birdsville to Brisbane and reaches out to support to people of all ages with a variety of needs.

Anglicare Southern Queensland has a workforce of over 2500 people in Queensland across residential aged care, community care and a range of social services programs all working towards a happier, healthier community.

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