Counsellor (Designated)

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Position Details

Yoorrook’s Letters Patent requires it to prioritise the employment of First Peoples. First Peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for all roles at Yoorrook.

Yoorrook has been established as an independent Royal Commission under the Inquiries Act 2014. It will focus on truth-telling and healing for First Peoples, by inquiring into historic and ongoing systemic injustices perpetrated against First Peoples in Victoria by State and non-State entities since colonisation until today. Yoorrook is the first Aboriginal truth-telling body to be established in Australia. Click here to see the letters patent that set out Yoorrook’s historic mandate.

Reporting to the Senior Practitioner, Social and Emotional Wellbeing and working across Yoorrook, the Counsellor this role delivers frontline trauma-informed, person-centred, and culturally safe services to participants. The key function of this role is to support participants in a trauma-informed way that minimises the potential for traumatisation/re-traumatisation through the truth-telling process.

This is a fixed-term role until 28 June 2024.

About You

This role would suit you if you have strong understanding of culturally oriented social and emotional wellbeing knowledge and practice frameworks and models, with experience in utilising these in professional practice work preferably in trauma-informed and multi-disciplinary services. An understanding of colonisation in Victoria, culturally safe service provision and experience in working with First Peoples who have experienced trauma. You will be energised by reducing barriers, enjoy creating easier ways of working and supporting your colleagues and have a commitment to truth and justice for First Peoples.

Social Work, Psychology or Counselling including current membership with a relevant professional body is a requirement of the role, values alignment and ability to provide immediate and autonomous clinical judgement and crisis intervention in highly stressful, complex, and sensitive situations will be key to success in the role.  If you have some counselling experience but don’t feel like you meet all the criteria, apply anyway, or reach out for a confidential conversation.

How to apply

Applications close on 02 Jan 2023 and should include:

  • A resume; and
  • A cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria as found in the position description (within two pages).

For a confidential conversation about the role, please contact Lisa Tricarico on 0412 597 791

Other relevant information

Yoorrook’s Letters Patent requires it to prioritise the employment of First Peoples. First Peoples are strongly encouraged to apply for all roles at Yoorrook.  Some roles as marked may be classified as designated positions under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 where only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people will be eligible to apply.

Yoorrook actively promotes diversity, inclusion and an equal opportunity workplace. We welcome applicants from all diverse backgrounds, including people who identify as LGBQTI+, people with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically different backgrounds. All roles at Yoorrook can be worked flexibly, however it may differ from role to role. This position is only open to applicants with relevant rights to work in Australia.  Staff are expected to comply with Covid-19 policies including any relating to vaccination.

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Lisa Tricarico: 0412 597 791

Closing date

January 2, 2023 11:59 pm

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