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Bushfire Support Counsellor

Branch: Bega Valley and Eurobodalla

Accommodation allowance for 12 months


Therapeutic Counselling role with competitive salary and benefits


Full Time/Part Time position


Positions available in Bega Valley and Eurobodalla


  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. Due to an increase in services, we are looking for an enthusiastic Counsellor to help support those across NSW affected by the 2019/2020 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. Clients may be experiencing moderate to severe mental health presentations.


You may be required to work across office sites and travel to various in-reach external locations in the region to deliver counselling services, psycho-education workshops and run groups. Participation in community lead activities along with other support services is encouraged.


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.


If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives - we want to hear from you!!!


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 the social services arm 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 while adhering to our values of Solidarity, Stewardship, Respect and Excellence.   Ideal person


The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • Qualifications as follows:
  • Registration with APHRA as a psychologist, or
  • Social Workers with AASW membership (mental health accreditation desirable), or
  • Degree qualified counsellors with registrations with ACA or PACFA (level 3 or 4), or
  • Mental Health accredited Nurse, or
  • Mental Health accredited Occupational Therapist
  • 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 evidence based intervention
  • 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 Check


To Apply


To apply you must:

  • Attach an updated resume
  • Address each area above in a covering letter (no more than 2 pages).
Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.  


Please download the selection criteria:Bushfire Response Counsellor



Please send your applications to: kim.linsell@catholiccare.cg.org.au



Closing Date: when filled



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.