CA position vacant

Counsellor/Advocate - 0.6 FTE

Location: Based at Morwell MDC

Gippsland Centre against Sexual Assault (GCASA) is funded by the Department of Human Services, Victoria. It is managed by an incorporated community-based Board and is funded to provide comprehensive sexual assault services across the Gippsland region (Health Region 5), which extends from Bunyip River to the NSW border at Mallacoota, and from the Great Divide to the sea, including Phillip Island. The primary offices are in Morwell and in Bairnsdale. Outreach sessions are offered in Orbost, Sale, Leongatha and Warragul.

The Agency operates within a framework that actively supports the protection of the rights, integrity, autonomy and dignity of women, men and children who have experienced recent and/or non recent sexual assault.

GCASA also provides support to their families, carers and other support networks that may include information, resources, counselling and group work. The Agency provides consultancy and professional training for other workers to increase professional knowledge about the incidence, causes and effects of sexual assault, and to develop skills in responding sensitively to people’s needs. The Agency provides assessment and treatment for children demonstrating problematic sexual behaviour and to young people demonstrating harmful sexual behaviour.

GCASA works within the community to reduce the incidence of sexual assault, to increase awareness and to build the capacity of community members to appropriately respond. Community development activities that promote social inclusion within and across marginalised groups are an integral part of the organisation’s mandate.

Your role will be include providing evidence based, trauma informed counselling to children, young people and adults reporting recent and/or non recent sexual assault and providing evidence based clinical intervention to children with problematic sexual behaviour and to young people with harmful sexual behaviour.

The successful applicant will have

  • a degree level qualification or equivalent certification from a nationally accredited provider in the area of social welfare, counselling, social work, family therapy, psychology, creative arts therapies or community mental health nursing.
  • a minimum of 12 months, recent counselling experience within a therapeutic setting, providing face to face, short – longer term intervention.
  • knowledge related to the incidence and impact of sexual assault, as well as an understanding of the dynamics that support the occurrence of sexual assault, including feminist empowerment philosophy and social inclusion theory.
  • demonstrated understanding and application of theoretical frameworks underpinning trauma – informed counselling for children, young people and adults

All applications are to be emailed and marked ‘Confidential application for Counsellor/Advocate MDC’ and sent to:

Laura Carson, Administration Manager


Closing date: Monday 9th May 2016, 9.00am

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If you have any further queries regarding this position please contact Laura Carson on 03 5134 3922.


To contact any Victorian CASA or the Sexual Assault Crisis Line phone 1800 806 292

For sexual assault counselling within Australia phone 1800 RESPECT