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Trauma Specialist Counsellor

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

Applications Closing: Monday, March 19, 2018 - 09:00

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist will provide a service that is client-centred, non-judgemental, feminist, supportive and responsive.

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist’s core role will be to provide telephone and online counselling, advocate for clients, develop interagency clinical care networks and other supports to people affected by violence and to their supporters. 

Additional activities of this role may include:

  • Face to face trauma counselling;
  • Behaviour change counselling;
  • Consultancy counselling;
  • Delivering external specialised training and professional development education to adults in a range of clinical, legal, corrections and welfare workplaces including universities, not-for-profit organisations, government bodies, and corporate clients.

This position of trust demands the highest levels of professionalism, ethical behaviour and an awareness of multiple factors which will influence individual client’s responses to both the trauma and the counselling provided. 

All Counsellor Trauma Specialists are Mandatory Reporters and are compelled by legislation to identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm.

Position Description (please click here)

Selection Criteria Form (please click here)

Shift Preference Form (please click here)

Category: Psychology & Counselling, Social Work
Field: Health, Mental Health & Counselling, Women
Employment basis: Full-time, Part-time
Job Location: Inner West Sydney
About us

Rape & Domestic Violence Services Australia is committed to upholding the rights of all women to live in a socially just and equitable society and the right of all people to live free of violence. The organisation provides services nationally and internationally in the area of sexual assault, domestic and family violence. The organisation works with all stakeholders and in accordance with its vision, mission, principles and goals.

Position details

A minimum four year Bachelor degree in psychology, social work or counselling.

Essential Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated:
    • Commitment to the provision of excellence in counselling service provision.
    • Ability to incorporate feminist perspectives within counselling frameworks.
    • Detailed understanding of the causes and consequences of sexual assault, family and domestic violence.
    • Demonstrated well developed communication and negotiation skills.
    • Experience in written advocacy and clinical report writing.
  • Minimum three years (full time equivalent) counselling experience. This may include face-to-face, and/or telephone, and/or online counselling.
  • Computer literacy.
  • High level availability across all shifts.
  • Flexibility and responsiveness to work tasks.
  • Willingness to work across trauma services.
  • Superior emotional competence when operating in a high demand trauma environment.
  • Responsive and competent work management capacity.
Desirable Selection Criteria:
  • Demonstrated:
    • Ability to provide therapeutic services in a culturally appropriate way.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.


Additional selection criteria for Trainer:

  • Commitment to excellence in provision of adult education programs.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Present with credibility, engage varied audiences and test levels of understanding.
  • Translate technical and complex information concisely.
  • Gendered understanding of the casuational and prevention factors and current trends and beliefs in relation to violence against women.
  • Demonstrated ability to incorporate feminist perspectives within training programs.
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a direct therapeutic service delivery role for people who have been traumatised.
  • Experience managing group dynamics in a training context.
  • Completion of, or working towards completion of Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110.
  • Flexibility to travel at short notice intra and interstate, including overnight stay for programs being delivered over several days.
Other Information:


Sydney Inner West location with parking available

Salary and Benefits

R&DVSA believes that quality work deserves quality pay and as such we provide above award wages and conditions to our employees:

  • Competitive hourly rate of $49.83 plus applicable penalty rates, superannuation and access to generous NFP tax concessions (specifically, a salary packaging scheme offering up to $15,899.94 of your salary tax free)
  • Flexible working conditions (24/7 shifts)
  • Currently there are permanent shifts available starting at 1500/1545 most weekdays
  • Generous training and professional development opportunities
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Opportunities for career progression

Experienced counsellors choose to align their careers with R&DVSA because of our award winning multi-pronged approach to vicarious trauma. R&DVSA acknowledges vicarious trauma as a WHS hazard which results from interaction with trauma content. In response, we have developed a NSW WorkCover approach, tailored to each individual.

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Recruitment Team
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 02 8585 0333
How to apply
  • To apply please email a copy of your resume, completed Selection Criteria Form and completed Shift Preference Form available from the careers page of our website to by 9am Monday 19 March 2018 Australian Eastern Daylight Time
  • Please note that the Selection Criteria document forms an important part of the selection process, and applications that do not attach this document cannot be accepted and will not be acknowledged.
  • Face to face interviews will be held in Sydney’s Inner West the week commencing Monday 26 March 2018. Those successful in gaining a face to face interview will be advised the week commencing Monday 19 March. Others will be advised at the end of the recruitment process.
  • The role commences with orientation (paid) on Monday, 30 April 2018 - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, concluding Friday, 4 May 2018. All successful candidates must be available to attend all dates at our Inner West Location.

R&DVSA holds an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female trauma specialist counsellors.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Date posted: 01 March 2018

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