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Trauma Specialist Counsellor

(Permanent positions)

The Role

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist will provide a service that is client-centred, non-judgemental, feminist, supportive and responsive.

The Counsellor Trauma Specialist’s core role will be to provide telephone and online counselling, advocate for clients, develop interagency clinical care networks and other supports to people affected by violence and to their supporters. 

Additional activities of this role may include:

  • Face to face trauma counselling;
  • Behaviour change counselling;
  • Consultancy counselling;
  • Delivering external specialised training and professional development education to adults in a range of clinical, legal, corrections and welfare workplaces including universities, not-for-profit organisations, government bodies, and corporate clients.

This position of trust demands the highest levels of professionalism, ethical behaviour and an awareness of multiple factors which will influence individual client’s responses to both the trauma and the counselling provided. 

All Counsellor Trauma Specialists are Mandatory Reporters and are compelled by legislation to identify and respond to children and young people at risk of harm.


Position Description (please click here)

Selection Criteria Form (please click here)

Shift Preference Form (please click here)



Sydney Inner West location with parking available.

Salary and Benefits

R&DVSA believes that quality work deserves quality pay and as such we provide above award wages and conditions to our employees:

  • Competitive hourly rate of $49.83 plus applicable penalty rates, superannuation and access to generous NFP tax concessions (specifically, a salary packaging scheme offering up to $15,899.94 of your salary tax free)
  • Flexible working conditions (24/7 shifts)
  • Currently there are permanent shifts available starting at 1500/1545 most weekdays
  • Generous training and professional development opportunities
  • Five weeks annual leave
  • Opportunities for career progression

Experienced counsellors choose to align their careers with R&DVSA because of our award winning multi-pronged approach to vicarious trauma. R&DVSA acknowledges vicarious trauma as a WHS hazard which results from interaction with trauma content. In response, we have developed a NSW WorkCover approach, tailored to each individual.

Application, Orientation and Commencement

  • To apply please email a copy of your resume, completed Selection Criteria Form and completed Shift Preference Form available from the careers page of our website to by 9am Monday 19 March  2018 Australian Eastern Daylight Time
  • Please note that the Selection Criteria document forms an important part of the selection process, and applications that do not attach this document cannot be accepted and will not be acknowledged.
  • Face to face interviews will be held in Sydney’s Inner West the week commencing Monday 26 March 2018. Those successful in gaining a face to face interview will be advised the week commencing Monday 19 March. Others will be advised at the end of the recruitment process.      
  • The role commences with orientation (paid) on Monday, 30 April 2018 - 9.00 am to 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday, concluding Friday, 4 May 2018. All successful candidates must be available to attend all dates at our Inner West Location.

R&DVSA holds an exemption under the Anti-Discrimination Act and only employs female trauma specialist counsellors.

Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia.


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