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A custom made painting titled "They Gather at Laurel Place"by the artist Beverly Ash Gilbert.  The image depicts in bright colours women, children and families gathering around a laurel tree under a full moon.
Murgon Children & Families Counsellor

Murgon, QLD

Psychology, Counselling & Social Work (Healthcare & Medical)

Part time

$47.50–$49.65 per hour + Super & Salary Sacrifice

Applications are sought for the position of Children and Families Counsellor based at the Murgon office of Laurel Place, Inc. 

  • Applications close:  Monday 29th January 2024 

  • SCHADS award Level 5 + Super + Salary Sacrifice

This is a part-time position 4 days per week in the children’s sexual assault program. The position is subject to ongoing funding and the successful completion of a 6-month probationary period. The incumbent of the position will be required on occasion to travel within the Sunshine Coast and Gympie areas.

Organisational Environment:

Laurel Place Inc. is funded by The Department of Justice and Attorney General as well as the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs. Laurel Place is governed by a Board drawn from the local community. The service employs over 40 staff across four programs and four locations in Maroochydore, Gympie, Murgon, and Moreton Bay.

The service provides a range of options to women, men, children, young people, families and the community that work towards reducing the impact and incidence of sexual violence in the Sunshine Coast, Gympie, South Burnett, and Moreton Bay Regions. Laurel Place also operates Women’s Space from the Maroochydore location which provides support to women who have experienced all forms of gendered violence.

The service also focuses on providing education, information and resources to target groups and the wider community.

The Role:

The primary focus of the position is the provision of trauma-informed therapeutic intervention and support to children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse. Focus is also directed toward the provision of therapeutic support to non-offending family members/supporters to strengthen family functioning and prevent further harm. The position also provides therapeutic intervention and support to children under 12 years of age who are engaging in harmful sexual behaviours. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide a range of culturally appropriate and sensitive, trauma-informed therapeutic interventions to children, young people, adults and their non-offending family members/carers/ supporters who have experienced sexual abuse.

  • Provide culturally sensitive and appropriate therapeutic interventions and support to children who engage in sexually harmful behaviours.

  • Conduct and complete thorough assessments, including the assessment of risk/safety and the use of appropriate assessment measures.

  • Develop and facilitate a range of therapeutic and educational group programs when required.

  • Provide relevant information and resources to children, young people, adults and their non-offending family members and supporters as well as other allied agencies.

  • Liaise and work collaboratively with statutory bodies and other relevant services regarding case planning and monitor child protection concerns as appropriate.

  • Promote community awareness of the issues relating to sexual violence including the magnitude and extensiveness of its impacts on individuals, families, communities and wider society

  • Engage in the accurate and relevant collection of statistical data and provide to the Team Leader.

  • Participate in training, case planning/review and regular supervision. 

Employment Benefits of Laurel Place:

  • Consideration given to work life balance

  • Prioritizing staff well-being

  • Salary Sacrifice

  • Generous professional development budget

  • Provision of regular internal supervision

  • Opportunity for variety in your role 

  • Inclusive & supportive culture for staff and clients

  • Welcoming & supportive team environment

  • Contributing towards the elimination of sexual violence in all communities

Selection Criteria: 


  1. Minimum of a four-year tertiary degree in social work, psychology or similar and experience in the field of sexual violence or similar.

  2. Demonstrated understanding of the gendered nature of sexual violence and its impact at both an individual and societal level.

  3. Demonstrated ability providing trauma-informed and culturally appropriate intervention to children, young people, adults and their non-offending carers/supporters in the field of sexual violence.

  4. Ability to work with children up to 12 years who have engaged in sexually harmful behaviours.

  5. Demonstrated ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  6. Well-developed skills in assessment and case planning relevant to children, young people, adults and their non-offending carers, who have been affected by sexual violence.

  7. Proven ability in establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships with government and non-government organisations.

  8. Ability to access and deliver appropriate information and resources targeting a range of audiences. 

  9. Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment.

  If you feel you are the right person for this position and would like to be part of growing not for profit organisation that values staff, invests in your professional development and work in a supportive environment, please forward your CV, Cover Letter and addressed Selection Criteria to 


Applications close 9am Monday 29th January 2024.

Only applications who address the selection criteria will be considered.

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