Published September 20, 2022
Last Modified September 20, 2022
The Salvation Army
Job Type
Closing Date
October 17, 2022

Job Description

Why work for us

Melbourne Counselling Service (MCS) is a program of The Salvation Army Australia (TSA) operating across the Alcohol & Other Drugs social mission streams.

MCS operates the following program:

  • Gambler’s Help City & Inner North (GHCIN) – GHCIN is part of the Victorian State Government’s Integrated Problem Gambling Strategy; it is one of nine Gambler’s Help (GH) programs funded by the Victoria Responsible Gambling Foundation (VRGF). GHCIN comprises four service components: therapeutic counselling, financial counselling, community education and venue support

Why this role matters

We are seeking a values driven Therapeutic Counsellor to provide therapeutic counselling to problem gambling clients and their significant others.

The role you could play

  • Provide education, training and professional development to health and welfare providers who may come into contact with people experiencing gambling-related impacts
  • Participate in planned service promotion activities and group work
  • Liaise with other service providers to identify training needs of professionals and develop effective training strategies

This is a permanent part time position 19 hours per week based in Melbourne CBD however you may be required to work at outposts within the GHCIN catchment area (cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Mooney Valley and Moreland). After hours work may be required.

As a Therapeutic Counsellor at the Salvos you will enjoy:

  • (Maybe eligible to) NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Discounted health and fitness programs through Fitness Passport
  • Up to 8 weeks leave per year through our purchase leave scheme
  • Generous Parental Leave offering of 12 weeks
  • Up to 5 days paid leave per year to support a TSA program or activity
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

The Salvation Army is subject to public health orders. You may be required to provide evidence of vaccine status dependent on requirements.


Juanita Davis at

Applications will close as soon as a suitable candidate is secured. Do not delay in submitting your application today!

The Salvation Army AOD Services

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest providers of alcohol and other drug services.  We offer a range of services including Harm Reduction and Primary Health Services as well as a range of treatment types (including residential treatment centres, community-based support programs, counselling and withdrawal management services). We work to a modern, evidence based and holistic Model of Care which can be viewed here: 1._AOD_Model_Of_Care_2021.pdf (

Key Selection Criteria

What we’re looking for

  • Tertiary qualifications in psychology or social work or other related disciplines are mandatory
  • Relevant experience in a social service environment
  • Applicants must be registered in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Victoria) Act 2009 or have membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or have membership of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the impacts of problem gambling and associated comorbidities upon individuals, couples, families and the wider community
  • Demonstrated ability in motivating and supporting positive change and in addressing the impacts of problem gambling, and working with underlying or contributing issues
  • Knowledge of physical, emotional, psychological and behavioural impacts of trauma and abuse
  • A current VIC Drivers Licence
  • Valid VIC Employee Working with Children Check
  • Ability to provide proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia