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Senior Counsellor

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Job Listing Date
10 Mar 2020
Work Type
Full Time
Healthcare & Medical, Psychology, Counselling & Social Work

About Melaleuca


Melaleuca Refugee Centre is a not-for-profit organisation whose sole purpose for existing is to provide dignifying person-centred humanitarian services to individuals and families from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

For over 21 years, their unique approach to settling clients into the NT has cultivated respect and awareness and inspired acts that support cultural diversity.

As one of Australia's five nationally approved Humanitarian Settlement Providers, they are the first point of contact for refugees entering the "Top End" of Australia. A responsibility that they accept with honour knowing that their actions or inactions can create a lasting impact that transcends generations.

They are also one of the eight specialist rehabilitation agencies across Australia that work with survivors of torture and trauma, supporting individuals from refugee backgrounds.

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The Senior Counsellor Position Details


Melaleuca Refugee Centre has a rewarding opportunity for a full-time Senior Counsellor to join their multidisciplinary team in Darwin. As a highly accountable values based professional that is focused on ensuring service delivery is aligned with positive client recovery outcomes, the Senior Counsellor is responsible for the provision of high level clinical counselling services to individual clients and families who have experienced torture and or trauma and who have complex support needs. 

You will also provide advocacy, case management and referrals in relation to client's assessed needs to other appropriate services. In addition to direct support to clients, you will be responsible for supervision of a Trauma Counsellor.  you will be required to develop and deliver training to other providers in relation to topics such as but not limited to domestic violence, psycho-social and trauma informed training.

More specifically, your day-to-day duties will include (but not be limited to):

  • Conducting comprehensive psychosocial assessments and preparing treatment plans to provide short and long term Trauma counselling in line with the contemporary best practice;
  • Provide one to one clinical supervision, peer group clinical supervision, ad hoc "case" consultation and debriefing as necessary to Counsellor
  • co‐ordinating an integrated intake and assessment process for clients
  • Research and maintain awareness to provide current, accurate and accessible information resources and referral options for the range of potential client needs
  • Providing ongoing support, mentoring and initiating professional development opportunities to ensure skills are maintained for self and other Trauma Counsellor

This position will provide counselling to those who have experienced great trauma before their arrival in the Northern Territory. It is important to note that this role requires the ability to engage with people from a wide variety of cultures who have different religions and customs.

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Other benefits at Melaleuca


In return for your hard work and dedication, you'll be rewarded with an attractive remuneration base salary circa $86,000  PLUS penalty rates and Super.

Salary packaging options available up to the value of $15,900.

Melaleuca Refugee Centre are committed to providing professional development and training opportunities for their staff.

Working in the Tropical Darwin City is a must do!


Skills and experience


To be considered, you'll have relevant tertiary qualifications in Psychology. You will have experience in conducting clinical assessments and clinical interventions within a mental health service, particularly with anxiety and depression. You will have case management experience and Leadership qualities to enhance the provision of services to clients.

To be successful in this role, you will need previous experience working with a range of clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.  You will require experience and knowledge on complex Trauma and therapeutic interventions. 

In addition, you'll be highly organised with the ability to prioritise your workload and meet deadlines. Strong written, oral and interpersonal communication skills are also required, as is the ability to maintain comprehensive documentation including case notes regarding client treatment plans. 

Please note: You must hold or be willing and eligible to obtain a Working with Children Card, a national police check and a current driver's licence before the commencement of this position.  For a full copy of the position description please go to 

Applications Close Friday 20th March 2020 - please hit Apply and submit a current copy of your resume and a supportive cover letter that addresses the requirements of the role.


The application form will include these questions:
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