Heartlinks Practitioner (Child Counsellor)

  • Fixed-term role, until June 2019 (potential to extend)
  • Sandringham location
  • Salary packaging available

If you would like to join a team to support individuals and families towards improved health and wellbeing outcomes, strengthening families and contributing to a thriving community, then we would love to hear from you!


About Family Life
Family Life is an independent, entrepreneurial community service organisation, offering a range of services, support and community building services. Family Life’s work is acknowledged at all government levels for our innovation, impact and whole of community approach. Priority is given to vulnerable families, children and young people.

Family Life is a centre of research, knowledge and innovation delivering measurable social change and impact. We contribute to national and international knowledge through our reputation for changing lives by effective connection, care and transformation.

Family Life is a child safe organisation.  We value, respect and listen to children and young people. We are committed to the safety of all children and young people including the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and young people, culturally and/or linguistically diverse children and young people, gender and sexually diverse children and young people and children and young people with a disability.


About the Position
Family Life is seeking to appoint a qualified practitioner to the Heartlinks team to respond to individuals, couples and families with counselling, education and support needs. The practitioner will adopt a trauma-informed approach to delivery and will be trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) developed by Dr Bruce Perry.

About You
We are looking for someone with:

  • A Bachelor Degree (minimum) in Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Counselling, Education, Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • Preferable completion of the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Training.
  • Demonstrated experience in Social Work, Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Counselling, Education, Social Sciences or equivalent.
  • A demonstrated ability to manage clients with complex needs, using trauma-informed approaches to practice.
  • Experience of assessment and planning for interventions that optimise child development, parenting capability and family functioning.
  • Experience in working with clients who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and clients from CALD backgrounds (Desirable).


How to Apply

For a position description, please click here

Please email your confidential application which includes a resume and a covering letter addressing the ‘About You’ section, to jobs@familylife.com.au.
Applicants who do not meet this criteria will not be considered.

Further enquiries can be directed to Alida, Heartlinks Manager, on (03) 8599 5433.

Family Life values diversity amongst its workforce and welcomes applicants who meet the job criteria, irrespective of race and ethnicity, colour, age, gender, gender identity, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

 Applications close: 7 December 2018

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