Trauma Specialist Counsellor

Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia

Applications Closing: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 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 their supporters. 

Upon mutual agreement 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
Field: Mental Health & Counselling, Women
Employment basis: 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.

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.

•    A minimum four year Bachelor degree in psychology, social work or counselling.
•    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.
Other Information:

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 $51.08 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)
  • 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.


Currently located in Sydney's inner west, with a possible move to another Sydney location in 2019.


Ideal commencement is 4 March 2019, though there is some flexibility.


Please either call 02 8585 0333 or email enquiries to 

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Contact details
Contact Name: Recruitment Team
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 02 8585 0333
How to apply

To apply, please view the detailed position and application information via the careers page of our website and email a copy of your resume, completed Selection Criteria and Shift Preference Form to by 9am, Tuesday 29 January 2019, Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

We will acknowledge all complete applications received. Please note that the Selection Criteria Form is an important part of the selection process, and applications that do not attach this document cannot be accepted and will not be acknowledged.

R&DVSA holds an exemption under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female workers.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia.

Face to face interviews will be held in Sydney the week commencing 4 February 2019. Those successful in gaining a face to face interview will be advised by Friday 1 February 2019. Others will be advised at the end of the recruitment process.

Date posted: 09 January 2019

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