Duty Counsellor

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Bedford Park, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Job Type: FullTime



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Availability:
Fixed-Term until Dec 20200 | Full-Time
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 7
Salary Range:
$88,384 - $97,837 p.a.
Reporting To:
Manager, Student Services
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Under broad direction, the Duty Counsellor, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plays a key role in the delivery of a timely and responsive intake and assessment service to enhance student wellbeing and improve academic success. This includes crisis intervention services to students presenting with mental health crisis and support of critical incidents relating to students. The Duty Counsellor will provide generalist intake and assessment services to students, including conducting assessments for mental health, the provision of short-term interventions and referral/triage to other internal and external supports and services.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Duty Counsellor is accountable for:

  • Providing intake and assessment services to all new students accessing the Counselling and Disability Service who are experiencing issues impacting on their wellbeing and/or accessing their studies. This includes assessment, triaging to appropriate services, information provision and crisis intervention.

  • Providing short-term solution focussed interventions for students to enhance their wellbeing.

  • Providing advice and information to students with disabilities regarding access and inclusion under the Disability Discrimination Act and Education standards.

  • Liaising with key stakeholders including internal and external community services to ensure students are receiving adequate support and services and any identified risks are managed.

  • Promoting student wellbeing through the development and delivery of a range of health promotion activities and programs.

  • Providing support and assistance with academic progress issues including advice regarding University policies and procedures and liaison with other University staff, both academic and professional as appropriate.

  • Advising and consulting with other University staff, both professional and academic, on matters relating to student wellbeing and students with disabilities.

  • Some out of hours, weekend and travel may be required.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia or eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers as well as postgraduate experience.

  • Demonstrated experience providing intake and assessment services including triage, assessment and management of clients experiencing crisis and/or acute mental health issues.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing short-term, solution focussed interventions to a diverse client group.

  • Demonstrated experience and/or understanding of working with people with disabilities and the implications for access and inclusion in higher education.

  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure client’s needs are managed and that they receive necessary support and services, especially in cases where risk is identified.

  • Demonstrated high-level oral communication skills and the ability to produce quality written materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in participating in mental health promotion activities.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the higher education sector and factors that impact on student wellbeing.


Prescribed Conditions for Employment

It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Child Related Employment Screening which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA).

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

02 Feb 2022



About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:

Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary

Availability:
Fixed-Term until Dec 20200 | Full-Time
Compensation Grade:
Higher Education Officer Level 7
Salary Range:
$88,384 - $97,837 p.a.
Reporting To:
Manager, Student Services
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students)
Under broad direction, the Duty Counsellor, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, plays a key role in the delivery of a timely and responsive intake and assessment service to enhance student wellbeing and improve academic success. This includes crisis intervention services to students presenting with mental health crisis and support of critical incidents relating to students. The Duty Counsellor will provide generalist intake and assessment services to students, including conducting assessments for mental health, the provision of short-term interventions and referral/triage to other internal and external supports and services.

Key Position Responsibilities

The Duty Counsellor is accountable for:

  • Providing intake and assessment services to all new students accessing the Counselling and Disability Service who are experiencing issues impacting on their wellbeing and/or accessing their studies. This includes assessment, triaging to appropriate services, information provision and crisis intervention.

  • Providing short-term solution focussed interventions for students to enhance their wellbeing.

  • Providing advice and information to students with disabilities regarding access and inclusion under the Disability Discrimination Act and Education standards.

  • Liaising with key stakeholders including internal and external community services to ensure students are receiving adequate support and services and any identified risks are managed.

  • Promoting student wellbeing through the development and delivery of a range of health promotion activities and programs.

  • Providing support and assistance with academic progress issues including advice regarding University policies and procedures and liaison with other University staff, both academic and professional as appropriate.

  • Advising and consulting with other University staff, both professional and academic, on matters relating to student wellbeing and students with disabilities.

  • Some out of hours, weekend and travel may be required.

  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and/or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia or eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers as well as postgraduate experience.

  • Demonstrated experience providing intake and assessment services including triage, assessment and management of clients experiencing crisis and/or acute mental health issues.

  • Demonstrated experience in providing short-term, solution focussed interventions to a diverse client group.

  • Demonstrated experience and/or understanding of working with people with disabilities and the implications for access and inclusion in higher education.

  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal and negotiation skills, including the ability to liaise effectively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure client’s needs are managed and that they receive necessary support and services, especially in cases where risk is identified.

  • Demonstrated high-level oral communication skills and the ability to produce quality written materials.

  • Demonstrated experience in participating in mental health promotion activities.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the higher education sector and factors that impact on student wellbeing.


Prescribed Conditions for Employment

It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent maintain a current Child Related Employment Screening which is satisfactory to the University in accordance with the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA).

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.



Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59pm:

02 Feb 2022
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