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Senior Counsellor, Psychologist or Social Worker

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Job Listing Date
7 Jan 2019
Perth, Fremantle & Southern Suburbs
$90,000 - $94,999 plus super and salary packaging
Work Type
Part Time
Healthcare & Medical, Psychology, Counselling & Social Work

Senior Counsellor

0.4 FTE (2 days) per week

Fremantle Women's Health Centre is a not-for-profit community health centre for women living and working in the south-west metropolitan region. We provide health promotion, prevention and treatment services in the area of women's health, prioritising the needs of women most at risk of poor health outcomes. Services include medical, nursing, counselling, group activities, health education and promotion events, with an occasional crèche for some activities and appointments. Services are provided by female-identifying health professionals and support staff.

Fremantle Women's Health Centre is seeking an enthusiastic and suitably qualified Senior Counsellor to join our passionate and dedicated multidisciplinary team of women committed to improving the health and wellbeing of women (this term is intended to be inclusive). This is a unique opportunity for a qualified, experienced female* counsellor to provide individual and group counselling in a well-regarded community facility that offers a safe environment for women.

The Senior Counsellor is responsible for providing efficient and high-quality general and perinatal mental health counselling services at the Centre. This includes individual assessments, supportive and therapeutic counselling, case management and therapeutic/educational group work. The Centre provides perinatal mental health counselling and general counselling that includes counselling for anxiety and depression, relationships, domestic violence, trauma, bereavement and loss, self-esteem, and parenting concerns.

The position requires a Psychology / Social Work / Counselling degree and at least five years' experience as a counsellor. The applicant will need strong communication and interpersonal skills; ability to provide high quality, effective individual and group counselling services; knowledge of the issues, and experience in counselling women with mental health issues, experiencing family and domestic violence issues, experiencing complex trauma, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and who are Indigenous; and ability to work autonomously and within a multidisciplinary team.

*Being female is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement for the position under the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 - Section 34. This allows for the exclusive employment of women in women-specific services. 


Duties of the position:

Service Provision

  1. Provide telephone triage for women referred to the counselling service at the Centre.
  2. Maintain contact with women on the waitlist for appointments.
  3. Undertake individual assessments and develop, in collaboration with clients, individual plans that are person-centred, holistic, support recovery and social inclusion.
  4. Deliver one-to-one counselling services, face-to-face and by phone, designed to achieve positive outcomes for clients.
  5. Provide information and counselling to partners of women referred, as appropriate.
  6. Ensure timely follow-up for all the Centre counselling clients in consultation with other counselling staff and Clinical Supervisor.
  7. Provide information to and referral for clients, as required.
  8. Prepare and maintain clinical notes and ensure that client data remains confidential and is securely stored and managed.
  9. Provide reports to referring health professionals as appropriate.
  10. Maintain a high level of professional standards at all times.
  11. Consult with other community health professionals as required.
  12. Facilitate education, information and support/therapeutic groups based on client needs.
  13. Provide case study, collate data and any other information relevant for reporting purposes.
  14. Other duties as required

Data Collection

  1. Collect statistical data on clients and enter into the database on a daily basis.


  1. Participate in external group supervision on a monthly basis with a clinical supervisor (clinical psychologist).
  2. Non-clinical work issues and overall work performance supervised by the Executive Director.


  1. Continue with ongoing professional development in the provision of counselling services.


  1. Undertake shared team tasks as required.
  2. Attend monthly counselling team meeting.


Expected Outcomes as a contractual requirement:

  • Regular reviews of all referrals to FWHC counselling services are undertaken to ensure the clients are receiving the most appropriate and timely service.
  • Maintenance of FWHC as a centre of excellence in women’s counselling services with programs that are based on community need and current developments in the field of counselling.
  • Existing FWHC counselling programs are appropriately serviced and new areas and opportunities are developed where there is a clear need.
  • All client records are kept completely confidential at all times.
  • All data and reports are completed within the required timeframes.


Essential Selection Criteria for the Position:

  • Psychology/ Social Work/ Counselling degree or approved equivalent –have eligibility for membership of appropriate professional Peak Body (APS, AASW, PACFA  or other relevant).
  • A minimum of five years’ experience as a counsellor.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to provide high quality, effective individual counselling services.
  • Ability to work autonomously in dealing with complex presentations and within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to maintain practice in line with professional standards and current best practice in counselling.
  • Knowledge of the issues, and experience in counselling women:
    • with mental health issues
    • experiencing perinatal mental health issues
    • experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV) issues
    • experiencing complex trauma
    • from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds
    • who are Indigenous.
  • Ability to apply knowledge/understanding of relevant theories to the work
  • Skills in collecting data and preparing written reports within set timeframes.
  • Sound organisational and record management skills and proficiency with digital database management.
  • Current National Police Clearance.


  • Ability to plan and facilitate groups


Benefits and Perks

  • Clinical supervision provided
  • Salary sacrifice




Please send a response to all Essential (and Preferred, if relevant) Criteria and include your CV to by COB, Monday 28 January.

The application form will include these questions:
  • Do you have membership with any of the following psychology, social work, or counselling boards?
  • Do you have a current Police Check (National Police Certificate) for employment?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a social worker?
  • What's your highest level of education?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a psychologist?

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