Applications are open for a specialised therapist with experience in the following disciplines:

  • Domestic and Family Children’s Counsellor; and
  • Family Therapist

Applications are open for the position of a Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Children and Family Counsellor at Encircle Ltd.  This is a Government Funded Fixed Term Contract until June 2022.  Hours may vary during this period dependent on funding with estimated hours of position being 36 hours per week for first 12 months working across Encircle Locations.

Encircle Ltd is a not for profit community owned and operated organisation for individuals and families in the greater North Brisbane area. At a variety of locations, Encircle Ltd identifies and responds to local community needs and offers a flexible range of support services, activities and opportunities within a safe and welcoming environment.  Encircle Ltd is focused on early intervention and prevention, and encourages community participation with a strong volunteering philosophy. Encircle Ltd has a staff team of more than 50 paid employees and 250 volunteers.

Position Objectives

This is a dual discipline role operating within the Moreton Bay Community Consortium under the Family and Relationships Services Program as well as under the Domestic and Family Violence Services Program.

Objectives under the Family and Relationships Counsellor Discipline:

Operating under the Family and Relationships Services Program you will support families through the counselling process to work towards and sustain change to improve their family relationships including blended families, separated or divorced parents and current partners, who may be experiencing difficulty around communication, family dynamics, understanding and/or managing the behaviour of their children.

Completion of all administrative tasks inline with program requirements, to ensure high quality, accurate reporting and client files are reflective of outcomes.

Objectives under the DFV Children Counsellor Discipline:

Operating under the Domestic and Family Violence Children’s Counsellor program you will provide support and promote the safety and wellbeing of children (0-12) who are or have been affected by DFV, in a safe supportive environment. Working with parents/care-givers whose children have been impacted by DFV. To promote and develop early intervention strategies that address intergenerational domestic violence cycles.

This includes group work, community education and working collaboratively with other stakeholders to work towards the elimination of DFV.

To be successful in this role you will be required to demonstrate understanding and application of a counselling framework that includes:

  • Working within a Strengths Based Framework, using a variety of evidence based counselling modalities:
    • Utilizing trauma-informed and expressive therapeutic interventions for children who are or have experienced DFV.
    • To facilitate and coordinate therapy groups for children and their non-offending caregiver, who are impacted by DFV with a vision to enhance existing parenting skills and to build healthy, positive non-violent relationships.
    • To conduct risk assessments to ensure the ongoing safety of families, particularly children and young people.
    • Goal identification with the clients, including proposed length of intervention.
    • Assessment and case formulation
    • Regular evaluation of client progress and completion of associated surveys/forms.
  • Collect and maintain statistical data on program activities and provide reports as required;
  • Maintain a current knowledge and application of legislation, research and information on issues related to Family Therapy, DFV and child protection;
  • Liaise and consult with a team of multidisciplinary counselling staff and external agencies to facilitate appropriate referrals for shared options to benefit clients;
  • Maintain a client record system and other files as required, including comprehensive case notes, goal oriented case plans, progress notes, documentation of changes and review notes;
  • Utilise ongoing internal and external supervision, to enhance professional development and client outcomes; and
  • Attend appropriate staff, team and network meetings as necessary.

This position reports to the Team Leader Counselling Services and the Redcliffe and Kallangur Services Manager.

Application Requirements

In order to apply for this position, in no more than three pages, please address the selection criteria and outline your suitability for the role.  Please include a current resume in your application. Applications are to be lodged via seek or by email, clearly marking the subject line “Confidential, DFV Child Counsellor” and email to .

Essential Qualifications, authorities and experience

  • Possession of a tertiary qualification in Counselling, Social Work, Psychology, Behaviour Science, or related field; and
  • Demonstrated experience working with children and families in a counselling environment (minimum 3 years).
  • A current Australian drivers licence.
  • Valid Working with Children card, or ability to apply for; and

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated understanding of Social Justice principles
  1. Relevant Tertiary qualification and demonstrated counselling experience (minimum 3 years). This will include a working knowledge and understanding of the Queensland DFV Protection Act 2012, the dynamics of DFV as well as providing therapy to support and sustain change to improve family relationships.
  2. Demonstrated experience and/or knowledge of trauma informed, innovative therapeutic intervention practices with children particularly those who have experienced or witnessed Domestic Violence and their non-offending parent/
  3. Demonstrated ability to apply a range of therapeutic interventions when working with individuals and families, within a strengths based framework
  4. Demonstrated ability to facilitate therapeutic groups for children and their caregivers, and an understanding of the dynamics of DFV and its impacts and on children and family functioning.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively and sensitively with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Additionally, possess a sound knowledge and understanding of both cultures, societies and the issues which impact them in contemporary society;
  6. A high degree of professionalism and well-developed interpersonal skills, with a capacity to liaise effectively with a wide range of people, including clients, stakeholders and staff;
  7. Well-developed computer skills, including proficient in Microsoft Office suite of software, the management of digital client records, database management, collection of statistical data and report writing;

Closing date for applications is 5pm on 7 February 2021. Enquiries for this position can be directed to Cheryl Keil, Counselling Team Leader on 07 3284 3081.

Applications through external Agencies will not be assessed