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School Counsellor – South Coast

Branch: South Coast

Posted: Jan 10, 2019

Part time position with competitive salary and benefits – with the opportunity to work up to full time hours with another CatholicCare program


Available for immediate start


School Holidays break


Fortnightly supervision will be funded along with some professional development


Reporting to the Program Manager, you will be providing therapeutic counselling and/or group work around particular issues to primary school students and their families. In addition, support will be provided during and after a critical incident and liaising with other agencies and services where appropriate. The counsellor will be part of the Pastoral Care team at the schools.


There is also the opportunity to work additional hours as the SINC Social Worker, working with older people who have been referred to CatholicCare for Allied Health Services. This position has flexible hours which could be worked in addition to the School Counsellor role should you be looking for closer to full time hours. Social Work services may be delivered in the home of individuals, from CatholicCare office’s or hubs and in the community and may be delivered on an individuals or group basis. We are currently seeking a Student & Family Counsellor to provide therapeutic counselling to students and their families in the South Coast region. This position is 4 days per week (excluding school holidays) at Pambula & Bega and also includes an additional 2 days per term in Bombala.


CatholicCare is open to providing overnight accommodation should some travel be involved.


If you are seeking additional hours, there is also the opportunity to work 1 day a week as the SINC Social Worker, working with older people who have been referred to CatholicCare for Allied Health Services. Social Work services may be delivered in the home of individuals, from CatholicCare office’s or hubs and in the community and may be delivered on an individuals or group basis. This role will work primarily within the Bega area with the possibility of servicing surrounding areas.


The Role The counsellor is a member of the school’s pastoral care program and works with students, families and school staff to assist in the emotional, social and educational well-being of the students, their families and the school community. Your duties may include (but not be limited to):

  • Carrying out individual, peer and family counselling in the allocated schools;
  • Planning/providing groups for students and parents/caregivers when required;
  • Planning/providing professional development for school staff when required;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of both students and families within the parameters of duty of care;
  • ensuring 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; helping people in the wider community in a diverse range of program areas. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option, free parking, 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.


Ideal person The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • qualifications in Social Work (including eligibility for membership of Australian association of Social Workers)
  • Counselling experience or knowledge of counselling skills, particularly in relation to issues facing children, young people and families
  • Ability to liaise effectively with and provide consultation to school staff and to promote the service to the school community
  • Experience supporting individuals who are aging or in a relevant sector
  • Experience coordinating supports or utilising flexibility and initiative to respond to changing and/or complex needs to achieve individuals goals
  • 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 Children Check


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. Previous applicants need not apply.  To access the Duty Statement:Position Description - SFC Position Please send your applications to: kim.linsell@catholiccare.cg.org.au


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.