Published August 3, 2022
Last Modified August 3, 2022
Western Region Centre Against Sexual Assault Inc.
Level 2, 236 Hoppers Lane, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
August 12, 2022

Job Description

WestCASA is a community based not for profit sexual assault, family violence and trauma counselling service operating in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne for over 30 years. WestCASA provides counselling, crisis response, advocacy, education, and training and is located in the Multi-Disciplinary Centre (MDC) in Werribee with outposts to Footscray, Melton, and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC, a women’s prison) in Ravenhall.

WestCASA is a partner with the Gatehouse Centre, Victoria Police (Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team – SOCIT and the Westgate Family Violence Unit), IPC Health, Women’s Health West, and Child Protection in the Multi-Disciplinary Centre (MDC) in the City of Wyndham.

WestCASA receives funding to deliver sexual assault and family violence support services from the Victoria State Government. WestCASA aims to provide a service that facilitates the recovery and healing for women, men, diverse gender folk and young people over the age of 12 years who have experienced sexual assault, family violence and other trauma using an empowering, respectful, and culturally sensitive therapeutic approach.

Reporting to the Head of Clinical Services, the Senior Practitioner will, in conjunction with the Head of Clinical Services, provide clinical leadership, organisational support and development. This position champions the provision of quality clinical counselling and therapeutic interventions at WestCASA. The senior practitioner will have a strong emphasis on collaboration and building and supporting a robust resilient clinical team, with outstanding communication with a broader view of achieving positive client outcomes. Their high level of experience and postgraduate education will be amply demonstrated within their clinical practice and leadership. This role has thorough knowledge and experience of WestCASA and the services it provides as well as a broader of view across the sexual assault, family violence and trauma sector. This knowledge and experience will underpin the provision of highly competent assistance to the Head of Clinical Services functions.

This role will play a pivotal role in championing an inclusive, respectful organisational culture.

For further information on this role contact: Elisa Buggy, CEO: Ph 03 9216 0411

Submit applications to: using the subject line ‘Senior Practitioner (VAADA)’ .

Applications close 5PM AEST 12 August 2022. 

Key Selection Criteria

Knowledge and experience
  1. Commitment to and understanding of the vision, mission and aims of WestCASA.
  2. Training and experience in providing Clinical Supervision supporting a range of modalities and disciplines.
  3. Demonstrated advanced clinical experience working therapeutically with and responding to complex trauma related to sexual assault
  4. Demonstrated advanced crisis intervention skills, including risk assessment and safety planning
  5. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including supporting counsellor/advocates to prepare professional written reports for therapeutic and legal purposes.
  6. Advanced knowledge in the application of relevant legislation and professional guidelines (including privacy requirements, children and young people at risk, MARAM, Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme, Child Information Sharing Scheme, professional Code of Ethics and Practice Standards).
  7. including, Demonstrated skills and ability to engage individuals, teams or working groups collaboratively and respectfully.
  8. Demonstrated ability and experience in providing complex trauma counselling with individuals and families.
  9. Excellent teamwork, interpersonal and communication skills, including proactive and collaborative approaches
  10. Experience in project management and implementation of new initiatives, programs, and resources.
  11. High level of written communication skills and ability to adapt to diverse audiences and purpose. Including, but not limited to, funding submissions, responding to subpoenas and legal correspondence.
  12. Experience in training and facilitation, and supervision of tertiary students.
  13. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries.
Qualifications, registrations, licences
Social Work
  • An Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) accredited Bachelor Degree or entry level Master’s Degree of Social Work that provides eligibility for membership of the AASW
  • Written evidence of eligibility of AASW membership for overseas qualifications
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience as a qualified social worker
  • Completion of post-graduate qualification in a relevant field or working towards such a qualification
  • Current general registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) AHPRA
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience as a general registered psychologist
  • Having or working towards supervisor endorsement with AHPRA
  • Appropriate post graduate qualification in counselling. Clinical or forensic psychology in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited course
  • Evidence in participation in clinical research activities
  • Post graduate qualification in a relevant field or working towards