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School Counsellor ACT

Branch: Canberra

Permanent Part time position with competitive salary and benefits

Available for immediate start

School Holidays break

Family Friendly

Join a large, dynamic team of psychologists and social workers committed to providing evidence based therapeutic counselling and group work interventions to primary and / or secondary school students and their families within a trauma informed model. Additional critical incident response when required. Potential to gain additional work and skills as an integrated worker, across programs with CatholicCare. Your New Role As a Student and Family Counsellor you will be an integral part of a school’s pastoral care program and will work with students, families and school staff to build safety, recovery, relationships and resilience for a child / young person’s social, emotional and educational wellbeing. Your duties include:
  • Individual and family counselling with children and families from your schools;
  • Develop and implement therapeutic/psychoeducational groups for student cohorts and year/assembly presentations
  • Develop and implement professional development for school staff
  • Practice according to social work and psychology ethics /values and practice principles
  • Ensure that clinical and administrative standards are maintained in accordance with the Program’s policies


What we offer Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option, clinical supervision 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.


Essentials Qualifications in Social Work (including eligibility for membership of Australian Association of Social Workers) or registered with AHPRA as a Psychologist


Ideal person The ideal person we are seeking has:

  • Experience in providing evidence based therapeutic interventions with children, young people and their families.
  • Knowledge of issues affecting children, young people and families and current approaches to assist wellbeing, supporting recovery and building relationships and resilience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working within a child safety framework that is client centred and family focused.
  • Excellent relationship building skills to maintain effective stakeholder relationships with schools and community interagency partners; provide a consultation service to school staff and promote the counselling service to the local community.
  • Proven experience and ability to respond appropriately in crisis situations and to students presenting with complex needs
  • Basic computer literacy skills, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Outlook and simple data bases


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 Vulnerable People’s Card


To apply you must:

  • Attach an updated resume
  • Covering letter
  • Address each area in the selection criteria.


Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. Previous applicants need not apply.


Please send your applications to: kirsten.stafford@catholiccare.cg.org.au To access the Duty Statement: SFC PD June 2019 Closing Date: Until position is filled *Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn is committed to equal opportunity in employment, and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.