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Child and Family Therapist (counsellor)

  • 495040
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Part time closed period contract

About the Opportunity 

This is a part-time contract working 17.5 hours week up until December 2021 (with likely extension) 

Uniting Counselling and Mediation has a long history of high-quality service delivery, being well regarded and connected with Family Law stakeholders.  You will provide individual, youth and family counselling for families. This includes innovative telehealth and digital options, child inclusive practice, and psycho-educational and therapeutic groups for individuals. young people and their parents.

This position is offered on a permanent part -time basis and is based in Newcastle CBD.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide high quality individual, youth and family therapy to repair and strengthen family relationships and individual self determination
  • Provide family therapy in conjunction with other Uniting Counselling and Mediation Staff (e.g. family dispute resolution practitioner) in a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Provide child consultation as part of child inclusive practice to families after separation and divorce, including involuntary and court-ordered clients.
  • Assist in the development, facilitation and promotion of clinical group work programs within the centre, and with external stakeholders such as community services and schools.
  • Under the direction of the Centre Manager/, you’ll liaise and network with relevant agencies to facilitate effective and high-quality services to our clients including the development and implementation of specific case management models.


About You

  • Essential Tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work or other equivalent and relevant field.
  • Clinical experience (highly desirable)
  • Experience delivering individual, youth and family therapy and/or experience in facilitating youth group programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage high conflict individuals, youth and families with complex issues. 
  • Competence in working with issues of family violence.
  • Understanding of child protection issues
  • Excellent communication, organisation and report writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as be able to contribute to the smooth functioning of a team
  • Meet the program specific client targets

Even better:

  • Accredited post graduate training in individual, youth or family therapy
  • Eligibility for membership to relevant professional bodies (eg. AASW, APS, PACFA)
  • Experience working with court ordered and involuntary clients
  • Experience working within a Family Law or Child Protection context
  • Familiarity with the Family Law Act and other relevant legislation (eg. Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act

Why Work at Uniting

  • Do you thrive on a challenge and enjoy doing something different every day?  You can exercise choice through our culture of continuous conversations and have a voice in our diverse and inclusive workplace.
  • To have a career that matters in an organisation that focuses on making an impact
  • Receive comprehensive training and development in areas of child, youth and family counselling and to learn within a supportive work environment
  • To work within a strong clinical and supervision framework.
  • Do you want to increase your disposable income by reducing the tax you pay?  As a Uniting employee you can package up to $15,900 from your salary for every day purchases, and up to $2650 for entertainment purposes. 
  • You receive up to 5 ex-gratia days (on top of annual leave) at the end of the year.

If the idea of working for a progressive not-for-profit organization excites you, then click APPLY now to get your application started!
Contact Alex Sullivan from Uniting's Talent Acquisition Team should you have an questions; 0466801937 / 

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which may include a National Police, reference and Working with Children checks.

Closing date: 11:55pm, Thursday 29th July 2021


Closing date: Jul 29, 2021

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