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Bushfire Response Counsellor- Psychologists, Mental Health Social Workers, Mental Health Nurse and Mental Health Accredited Occupational Therapist

Branch: Canberra & Regional Area (Eurobodalla, Queanbeyan Palerang, Bega, Snowy/Monaro & Goulburn/Mulwaree)

Counselling role (psychological interventions) with competitive salary and benefits


Full Time or Part Time position


Regional Area (Eurobodalla, Queanbeyan Palerang, Bega, Snowy/Monaro & Goulburn/Mulwaree)


CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is a leading not-for-profit organisation with a presence in the community for over 60 years providing a range of services. We are looking for an enthusiastic Counsellor to help support those across NSW affected by the recent bushfires. This position offers work with a broad range of age groups with a focus on the impact of trauma and grief on mental health and community wellbeing following a natural disaster. We work within a supportive team of clinicians, provide regular team meetings, professional development and supervision.


The Role


The role involves providing high quality therapeutic services to individuals and families who have been affected by the recent bushfires across NSW. Duties include providing assessment, treatment and evidence-based, trauma informed counselling services (telehealth and/or face to face) to individuals and families affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires.


You might be required to work across office sites and travel to various in-reach external locations in the region to deliver counselling services, psychoeducation workshops and run groups where support is required. This may include participating in mobile bus outreach service with other support services.


The role requires you to undertake some administrative tasks including maintaining counselling records, writing relevant reports, data entry, ensuring treatment plans are followed and other associated tasks.


Due to the current COVID-19 situation, initially the role will involve providing telehealth services to clients.


What we offer


Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers; helping people in the wider community in a diverse range of program areas. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option and professional development in a family friendly environment.


About us


CatholicCare is a large welfare agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Our mission is to provide quality services to people by promoting healthy, inclusive communities through relationships, partnerships and collaboration.


Selection Criteria


The ideal person we are looking for has:


One of the following;


1) Registration with APHRA as a psychologist, both generally registered psychologists and clinical psychologists; Provisional psychologists are eligible to work in certain programs


2) Mental Health accredited Social Workers eligible for AASW membership;


3) Trained counsellors with registration with ACA or PACFA


4) Mental health accredited Occupational Therapist


5) Mental health accredited Nurse


  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of trauma and grief on mental health and community wellbeing following a natural disaster
  • Demonstrated skills and experience working within a trauma informed model of therapeutic intervention
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in working in a therapeutic role
  • Demonstrated skills and/or experience providing services via telehealth)
  • Commitment to and proficiency delivering evidence-based practice
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to travel as required


You will also be required to undergo a National Police Check.


To be considered for this role you will be also required to hold:

  • a current drivers licence, and
  • a working with children card


To apply you must:

  • Attach an updated resume
  • Address the selection criteria above



Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.


Please download the selection criteria:Bushfire Response Counsellor PD


Please send your applications to: Jaclyn Dunkley jaclyn.dunkley@catholiccare.cg.org.au


Closing Date: 29th May 2020 


*Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


*Previous applicants need not apply CatholicCare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.