Trauma Counsellor

Trauma Counsellor – community support services

Northern Rivers Community Gateway is a not-for-profit, QIP accredited community organisation providing welfare and community capacity building services. We are a person-centred and values-driven organisation.

Our services are aimed at alleviating disadvantage. We are committed to social justice and to the financial and social inclusion of every human being.

We are now recruiting for the part-time position of Trauma Counsellor – 12 month fixed term contract.

Working hours: 21 hours per week, worked over 3 days per week
Remuneration: Aligned to the SCHCADS 2010 Level 5 Award

In addition to salary, we offer the following benefits:

  • Salary sacrificing entitlements
  • Bonus leave at Christmas
  • Access to staff wellness program
  • Professional training and development

About the ideal person for this role

Our organisation is looking for suitable candidates who can align with our values:

  • Vision
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

The Trauma Counsellor supports the counselling team to provide a free counselling service for children, adolescents and adults who have experienced childhood trauma.

Key role responsibilities

  1. Facilitate a range of evidence based counselling and psychotherapy modalities for an individual, family, and group setting
  2. Conduct client assessments and review to evidence client outcomes throughout the counselling process
  3. Promote quality outcomes for clients and work towards building resiliency skills that allow client independence from service
  4. Apply theoretical knowledge of trauma and/or crisis interventions within the counselling process, demonstrating an ability to assess for and manage trauma appropriately
  5. Ensure interventions have clear linkages to the initial assessment of identified need and align with client counselling case assessment/or plan
  6. Prepare and facilitate content as required for groupwork that addresses identified need

Key selection criteria

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in a related field with a minimum of 3 years relevant working experience
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in counselling and conducting therapeutic and support groups
  3. Demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding of trauma and its affects
  4. Sound understanding and experience in culturally sensitive practice
  5. Sound knowledge of child protection
  6. Knowledge of the effective therapies in supporting victims of sexual assault
  7. Ability to undertake community development and deliver community education
  8. Good knowledge in the use of Microsoft and database programs.

All applicants must be willing to undergo a national police record check, have a NSW Working With Children Check and provide copies of relevant qualifications.

If you have any questions relating to the application process, contact Kathleen Oliver by emailing or calling (02) 6621 7397, extension 129.

For more information about the position details, contact Katie Burgess by emailing or calling (02) 6621 7397, extension 105.

Position applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 25 February 2020


How to apply

Checklist for your application

  • Download and read the position description via the link above
  • Write your responses to the position’s selection criteria
  • Include your resume / CV
  • Include electronic copies of any formal qualifications you might have
  • Write a cover letter including an overview of your experience
  • Submit your application by email to