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Counsellor - Post Adoption Support


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Counsellor - Post Adoption Support



CBD & Inner Suburbs

Work Type:




* Full Time, Fixed Term Opportunity until June 2021
* Exciting opportunity for experienced Practitioner for counselling post adoption support
* Positive workplace, Well known Not for Profit Organisation

ProCare Personnel are the leading specialist recruitment agency for the community service industry in Australia, providing casual, locum and permanent career opportunities.

The Organisation

This not for profit community based organisation provides a National service to vulnerable families, children and young people. This well-established organisation works from an ethos of social justice and strengths based frameworks, engaging with communities to inspire a sense of belonging and social change through pursuing innovation and progress to overcome barriers and opposition.

This organisation delivers approximately 145 services from 63 locations across NSW, Queensland, Victoria and the Northern Territory.

The Role

The purpose of this position is to improve the wellbeing of people affected by adoption by providing therapeutic services such as counselling, intermediary, therapeutic group work, information and research services.

Key Responsibilities:

* Provide face to face, video and telephone counselling services to people presenting with grief, trauma, identity, relationship, parenting, drug and alcohol, domestic violence and mental health issues relating to experiences of adoption.
* Engage clients using appropriate strengths based assessments and risk minimisation processes.
* Work with clients to research, create, monitor and evaluate their client plan and outcomes, that identify strengths as well as areas of risk, ensuring clients are actively engaged in the process.
* Ensure client plans are shared openly with clients, and where applicable, other agencies.
* Coordinate with other stakeholders including government departments and agencies, health services, individuals impacted by the adoption, GPs and allied health providers to ensure services are delivered.
* Work with clients affected by adoption to prepare for connection with family and the associated issues that can occur such as the possibility of rejection
* Facilitate connection meetings and provide debriefing support to clients
* Provide intermediary services to people affected by adoption seeking to contact birth relatives.
* Plan, develop and facilitate or co-facilitate evidence informed therapeutic groups and health promotion workshops which enhance the well-being and health of clients within the service.
* Support the delivery of health promotion and community education workshops to raise awareness of issues that may be impacting clients of the service, address the effects of trauma and reduce social isolation
* Act as the duty officer and respond to calls on a rotating roster
* Coordinate retreats, in consultation with the Senior Practitioner and manager.
* Assist clients to engage with wrap around services directly, as appropriate.
* Coach, advise and provide on the job support to Child & Family Practitioners, other Counsellors, mental Health Workers, Support Workers and others to better understand and apply strengths based frameworks as related to adoption
* Document client services and client changes using technology and paper based systems in a clear, logical, understandable and timely way

To be successful:

* Degree qualified in social work, psychology or similar
* At least 3 years experience providing counselling services and group work, including experience providing families/couple therapy
* Previous experience working with clients impacted by adoption would support success
* Post graduate qualifications in counselling would support success
* Understanding of the key issues surrounding adoption such as trauma, loss, attachment, identity, reunion issues, the historical context of adoption, and the position and views of differing stakeholders in the adoption space
* Knowledge of wrap around services available in the adoption space
* Ability to establish therapeutic relationships with clients who may be reluctant to engage
* Ability to apply counselling theories, skills and knowledge to clients experiencing issues relating to area of speciality
* Experience facilitating programs for individuals and groups
* Availability for some out of hours and weekend work
* Understanding of the needs of diverse communities such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities
* Cert IV Training & Education would support success

If you meet the above mentioned criteria and wish to apply for the role please submit your resume along with a two page covering letter outlining your experience in accordance with the selection criteria.

Reference Number:

Contact Details:
Contact Phone:

07 3807 2833

Contact Name:

Michelle McNamara


Community and Social Care > Counselling


ProCare Australia

Date Posted:

4/03/2021 5:37:00 PM