Senior Practitioner – Sexual Assault Counsellor

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In this newly created role, we need your exceptional interpersonal skills and cultural sensitivity to drive a highly specialised response for young people and adults who are impacted by the trauma of sexual violence and family violence. You’ll provide trauma informed counselling, and will work collaboratively with clients, their families and key agencies across the Mt Isa/Gulf region, helping champion our human and child rights-based approach.


54 reasons is Australia’s leading child rights organisation – no ordinary not-for-profit.

Proudly part of the Save the Children Australia Group and global movement, we’re here to make sure that everyone understands their rights. So that children and young people have their rights met and thrive, in all their diversity.


We champion the children, young people and families we work with. We are inspired by the curiosity and creativity of children and motivated by the love of those who care for them.


With the child’s voice at the centre, we provide quality services to children and their caregivers, advocating with them so that children develop, learn, and are connected, safe and confident. Our people are proudly local, reflective of the communities we serve – in every state and territory, and across regions, remote areas and capital cities.


Where you come in:

In this full time, permanent position you’ll work in partnership with a team that includes Family Support Specialists, Childrens Counsellor, community and other service providers to support the recovery, healing and restoration journey of young people and adults accessing the service. Based ideally in Mount Isa with regular travel throughout the region including Mornington Island and Normanton, you’ll be a key member of our Gulf team and will report to your Team Leader.


You will make an impact by:

  • Providing therapeutic interventions to people who have experienced sexual assault and/or family violence, from first disclosure to investigation and criminal prosecution
  • Undertaking evidence-based and trauma focussed assessments, case formulation, goal setting, counselling, advocacy, group work and crisis response
  • Working collaboratively with the client and key agencies (non-statutory and statutory) to advocate for, assess and respond to identified risk
  • Providing advocacy and support for people, as agreed by them within the broader service system including police, judicial, medical, educational, child protection and community services
  • Assisting in the delivery of community education and professional training
  • As the subject matter expert in sexual violence, providing coaching and advice to other internal colleagues


Does this sound like you?

You’re proactive and influential, with exceptional skills in assessing and mitigating harm and working with a diverse range of stakeholders to ensure young people, their families and individuals receive the right services at the right time. You’re known for your diligence and genuine care and concern in your service to others, particularly those experiencing risk and vulnerabilities connected with appropriate supports. Your action driven and outcome focused, you have a high level of integrity and personal accountability, and you’re happiest when you are working in a role that provides others access to supports.


This role requires:

  • Significant expertise in providing therapeutic counselling relating to sexual violence, to young people and adults
  • Demonstrated experience working within Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities, including an in-depth understanding of intergenerational and interpersonal trauma
  • Demonstrated skills in therapeutic assessment, crisis intervention, risk assessment and safety planning
  • Ability to work collaboratively with partner organisations and across complex service systems
  • Degree in a Human Services field (Psychology or Social Work), or Diploma with significant equivalent child protection and remote community support experience


Working at 54 reasons is more than just a job.

54 Reasons is proudly part of Save the Children Australia. We are a learning organisation that invests in the development and wellbeing of our people. Our workforce is approximately 1100 people strong, and proudly diverse, whether in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, cultures and beliefs.


We are creative, connected and accountable, bringing energy, guts and ideas to all we do to champion children in Australia and partner with families, communities and partners to bring about change.


Our people work from both home and office, with important moments held in-person to foster belonging and support professional development. Our leave provisions include personal, ceremonial and family violence leave as well as the ability to purchase additional leave. Remuneration is benchmarked and we offer full non-profit salary packaging benefits.


Other Benefits include:

  • Award rate salary (Level 5.1 – $47.50 per hour) plus full salary packaging benefits – use this link to see how much this benefit could mean to you!
  • Professional supervision training and monthly supervision sessions
  • A great team and flexible work environment
  • Learning and professional development opportunities


For more information regarding the employee benefits of the Save the Children Australia group, please follow this link.


Sound interesting?

We’d love to hear from you. Submit your resume and cover letter by clicking on one of the buttons in the ‘Apply’ section.


Position Description: Senior Practitioner


Applications Close: 4pm AEST, 11th June 2024.


For more information please do not hesitate to call Elvene Whitbread, Regional Manager on 0432 053 909.

We have tested our application process with diverse groups in mind, with the intent to ensure its straightforward and accessible for all to apply. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our culture and improve our ability to reach our most vulnerable client groups. But we also know there is no one-size fits-all when it comes to recruitment – so if we didn’t quite hit the mark for you, please let us know! We’re dedicated to ensuring Save the Children is a workplace suitable for all people and can modify our processes to suit you – no matter your race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexuality, neurodiversity, culture and beliefs.


Save the Children is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, a Working with Children Check where necessary, and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. We also support the Inter-Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. You can read about the Scheme and our commitment to Safeguarding here.

Job Location
Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia
Mount Isa, Australia
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