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Family Violence Therapeutic Practitioner

Advertiser: Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operativeMore jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
5 Jan 2020
Ballarat & Central Highlands
Work Type
Full Time
Community Services & Development, Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services

Ballarat & District Aboriginal Co-operative (BADAC)


Established in 1979 by the Ballarat Aboriginal community in the Ballarat district, BADAC’s vision is to be the strongest voice and presence in the Ballarat area, supporting and respecting their people, enhancing our community, growing their culture and honouring their heritage. BADAC is the Aboriginal Community-Controlled Organisation (ACCO) for the Ballarat and District area, covering 4 local government areas (LGAs). The organisation is extremely proud of the contribution and support they have provided the local Aboriginal community over the past 40 years delivering a comprehensive range of health, social, welfare and community development programs to local Aboriginal people.


Our vision


Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative exists to achieve self-determination for the Aboriginal community, enabling stronger families by ensuring equal opportunities in health, housing, education, employment and justice through a holistic and culturally relevant approach.


The Opportunity

The Ballarat and District Aboriginal Co-operative’s (BADAC) provides Therapeutic Family Violence Services to members of the Aboriginal community and their family who are experiencing or recovering from family violence. The program utilises a wrap-around ‘whole of family’ model of therapeutic intervention focused on healing and recovery for families.


The program supports individuals, couples and families through:

  • comprehensive risk assessment and safety planning
  • practical support
  • psycho-education around family violence
  • individual, relationship and family counselling
  • yarning circles and therapeutic group programs for adults and children
  • supported linkages and referral to BADAC’s comprehensive suite of services and other community agencies.


This role presents the opportunity to be involved in developing and implementing the Family Violence Therapeutic Program at BADAC. In this program you will work with victim-survivors and their families to develop strategies to manage trauma and ultimately reduce the prevalence and impact of family violence within the local Aboriginal community. This will include support for family members to address their use of family violence where safe to do so.


BADAC’s Family Violence Program The position will also work with children and young people to develop strategies to work through and heal from trauma caused by family violence.


A sound knowledge of Aboriginal culture and society and the ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people is an important pre-requisite for this position.


Key Responsibilities


  • Provide therapeutic interventions including counselling to individuals, couples, and families to Aboriginal people and their families affected by family violence. 
  • Work with victim-survivors (present or historic) to develop strategies to support healing and better manage the effects of trauma caused by experiencing family violence.
  • Provide a secondary consultation around family violence to other BADAC programs and staff.
  • Work in accordance with the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and the Child Information Sharing Scheme. 
  • Utilise the MARAM tool to accurately assess family violence risk and implement safety plans.
  • Refer to external and internal services to provide the client with a holistic wrap around service that underpins BADAC service provision.
  • Provide practical intervention for those affected by family violence by responding to barriers affecting their ability to engage in therapeutic interventions. Work with families and individuals to develop strategies that better manage behaviour, develop healthy relationships and respond to trauma caused through family violence.
  • Develop and deliver programs that target children affected by family violence such as group and therapeutic play programs.
  • Ensure that effective administration is completed including but not limited to: Case notes, data collection etc.
  • Participate in case management and care team meetings. Participate in regular line management supervision with the Program Manager and external clinical supervision where required.
  • Complete other duties as required and requested by the Family Violence Project Manager, Koorie Family Services Executive Manager and the Director of Family Support Services.
  • Maintain strict standards of confidentiality and act at all times in a professional manner in accordance with the policies & procedures of the Ballarat & District Aboriginal Cooperative.



Key Selection Criteria

To be considered and successful in this application, you will possess the following:


  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and the ability to effectively communicate with Aboriginal people including men, women and children.


  • Tertiary qualifications in psychology, social work, counselling or related discipline and 5 or more years experience in Family Violence or Therapeutic interventions.


  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with Aboriginal people to address a range of complex and diverse needs including the understanding of the importance of culture and community connection as a means of addressing childhood trauma.


  • Demonstrated ability to work with individuals, young people and children to address the impacts of Family Violence.


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thorough assessments of family violence and other family risk factors, to identify all forms of violence, safety risks and vulnerabilities, and respond to identified safety risks through the creation of collaborative safety plans with the client.


  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, including with families, government & community, health, education & welfare services.


  • Good skills in time management, prioritisation and professional integrity. Experience with maintaining case records, data and statistics.


  • Previous experience in facilitating group sessions and a variety of interventions including individual counselling, relationship counselling and family therapy.




Other Info


To be considered for roles with BADAC you will need to have (or be willing to have) Victorian driver licence, a National Police Clearance and current Working with Children check Clearance prior to employment.





This is a great opportunity for the right person to join our dedicated team of professionals who are committed to helping our community whilst enjoying a great work / life balance.


If you have further questions on the role or wish to discuss this opportunity further please contact Natasha via email or call (03) 5331 5344 EXT 186.


If this sounds like an opportunity for you click on ‘Apply Now’ 


Please Note: All applications will require applicants to provide a cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria above and a copy of their resume. Applications without the required documents will not be accepted.


Applications for this role will close C.O.B on Friday 10th Jan 2020.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.


BADAC is a Child Safe organisations and all employees are expected to adhere to our Child Safe Guidelines.

BADAC is committed to diversity in employment aiming to develop a workforce that reflects the diverse community that we operate in. We foster a workplace culture in which LGBTI employees feel included, safe and supported.


The application form will include these questions:
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?
  • Have you completed a qualification in community services?
  • Do you have experience working with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island communities?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?

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