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School Counsellor

Branch: ACT and Regional NSW (Temora and Young)

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 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 (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.

To access the Duty Statement:SFC PD 2019


Please send your applications to: kirsten.stafford@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.

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.