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School Counsellor- New Graduate Social Worker

Branch: Canberra

Therapeutic counselling role with competitive salary and benefits

New graduate position with opportunities for permanency


Supportive opportunity for new graduate social workers interested in working in a therapeutic counselling environment. You will have the chance to gain a range of experience, working with children, young people, and families where you will receive guidance and mentoring from senior clinicians. You will receive regular clinical supervision and professional development.


The Role


As a new graduate you will be exposed to a range of different counselling approaches. You will be provided with the opportunity to hone your counselling skills along with evidence informed therapeutic interventions.


Your duties include:


• Counselling with children and/or young people

• Working with families to support their child and/or young person

• Co-facilitation / facilitation of group programs

• Critical incident support alongside an experienced clinician

• Practice according to social work ethics, values, and practice principles

• Ensure that clinical and administrative standards are maintained in accordance with the various program policies.


As a School 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.


What we offer


Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers. 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.


The ideal person we are looking for has:


• A recent Social Work graduate and member of AASW. Available to start in 2023. 

• 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.

• 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 driver’s licence,

• a Working with Vulnerable People’s Card (if working in the ACT),

• a Working with Children Check (if working in NSW).


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:


 Closing Date: 5pm Friday 28th October 2022


 *Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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.