SECASA - Counsellor / Advocate

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SECASA - Counsellor / Advocate

Job Description

Due to expansion of service, new and exciting opportunities are available to utilise and enhance your social work skills working at South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA) as Counsellor/Advocate (Grade 2).

Social Worker  Grade 2, temporary position
Based at East Bentleigh office
Part time– 32 hours per week
Professional development and salary packaging
SECASA attracts candidates who understand sexual assault and family violence as a human rights issue, and have experience working with complex interpersonal trauma. SECASA Counsellor/Advocates work collaboratively with clients to support empowerment, safety, recovery and justice seeking. This role will suit innovative candidates who strive to learn and embrace emerging practice directions. We are highly driven by internal collaborative relationships and value enthusiastic work practices and enhancing team relationships.

The position is responsible for delivering high-quality counselling and advocacy to victim survivors of sexual assault and family violence, using frameworks of intersectionality, trauma focussed interventions, gender equality and a human rights based approach. 

About Monash Health

Monash Health provides a world of healthcare across south eastern Melbourne, uniquely integrating primary, secondary and tertiary health services as well as world-renowned research and teaching facilities. We employee more than 18,000 staff who work across 40 care locations. In Monash Health your own growth and development is important and with us you can really be your best. For more information please visit


The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA) provides sexual assault and family violence therapeutic support and advocacy across nine locations within south eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne. SECASA delivers a wide range of services including individual and group counselling, advocacy, crisis support, and community education prioritising the empowerment of victim survivors.

About the role:

SECASA Counsellor/Advocates

Provide high quality therapeutic interventions for children, young people and adults who have experienced sexual assault and/or family violence, including individual counselling, advocacy, and group work
Provide crisis support for people who have recently experienced or disclosed sexual assault, including on SECASA’s After Hours Sexual Assault Crisis Response roster
Conduct risk assessments, and work collaboratively with clients and key agencies to enhance safety and wellbeing
Mentoring and/or supervision of students and staff as required and consistent with the relevant certified agreement
Provision of community and professional education
About you:

Are you a social worker with a minimum of 2 years post qualifying experience?
Have you worked with complex trauma, using frameworks of intersectionality, gender equality and a human rights based approach?
Are you an excellent communicator, committed to collaborative work and contributing to a dynamic and resilient team?
Are you passionate about delivering high quality counselling support and advocacy for people who have experienced sexual assault and family violence?
What you need

Eligibility for AASW membership including continuing professional education
Experience in working with people who have experienced complex trauma related to sexual assault and/or family violence
High quality risk assessment and safety planning skills
Experience in working collaboratively with key agencies to advocate for clients
Excellent communication skills
A commitment to contributing to a resilient team.
What we offer

Attractive salary including salary packaging
Monthly ADO (full-time candidates)
Professional development
Opportunities to use your drive for innovation to meet the changing landscape within health care and the broader service sector.
Monash Health offers access to profession specific, inter-disciplinary, health and welfare education and encourages participation in quality and research activities.

How to Apply

Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.

As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview. 

Please note, applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System – e-mail applications will not be considered. 

Current Monash Health employees should apply through Mercury using their Monash Health employee account. Our Recruitment Services team can answer any queries on this matter and can be reached on 9265 2776 or via email to

Enquiries to:                       Ali La Rocca, Team Leader – SECASA, East Bentleigh 9928 8741

To view the full position description and to apply now, click HERE!

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