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Private Company - Deakin, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Apply nowJob no:507305
Work type:Part-time
Location:Geelong - Waurn Ponds
Categories:Student Services

Student and staff wellbeing is a priority at Deakin. We offer a range of specialised services to help students stay healthy and safe – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Counselling and Psychological Support service - Our counsellors are registered psychologists and social workers. They have extensive experience working with students with mental health presentations, ranging from adjustment issues to complex mental health presentations. The service is free and confidential. The role:

  • Contributes to the Health and Wellbeing of our students
  • Is part time and fixed-term for 12 months (22.05 hours per week)
  • HEW 8 – $100,289 plus 17% superannuation

Based at across our Geelong campuses, this exciting role sits within the Division of Student Life and provides the opportunity for you to utilise your expertise in mental health to enhance student mental health and wellbeing within a supportive team environment.

As a Counsellor, you are responsible for the delivery of accessible counselling services that are responsive and relevant to the needs of students from all backgrounds (international, CALD, age, gender, LGBTIQ etc). 

To thrive in the role you will be able to work in a fast paced environment and cope with a high demand. You will be capable of counselling approximately 5 clients per day either by phone or in person.

The position will include collaboration with and education of staff across the University and will be responsible for regular consultation and formal presentations on matters relating to student mental health and wellbeing. You will be providing support/recommendations regarding suitable interventions for students’ psychological presentations that impact academic success.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Provide evidence-based assessment and short term psychological interventions to support student mental health and improve academic outcomes and student retention.
  • Assess for, and manage, emerging, acute, and complex student mental health presentations, including student risk.
  • Identify student mental health trends in order to design, implement and evaluate initiatives that are based on best practice guidelines.
  • Provide expert advice and consultation to staff and students regarding student mental health.
  • Provide training and education to enhance mental health literacy and improve student outcomes.
  • Maintain appropriate records management in accordance with the requirements of Deakin University, relevant legislation and professional bodies.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships within and external to Deakin University to achieve best possible outcomes for student success.
  • Coordinate the local counselling team response to critical incidents including provision of psychological first aid.
  • Provide formal clinical supervision to students on placement as required.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and review of CAPS services.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or membership of Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) with registration as a mental health Social Worker.
  • Expertise in the provision of evidence based short term psychological counselling with a diverse population who present with a broad range of issues of varying complexity.
  • Advanced clinical, assessment and intervention skills to autonomously address emerging serious mental health problems and moderate risk issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise, plan, prioritise and complete tasks, within the context of conflicting demands and changing priorities.
  • Ability to initiate, implement and evaluate effective psychoeducational programs/presentations.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

 FINAL PD - Counsellor_0.6.pdf

Applications for this position close on 23rd February 2021.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Please submit your updated resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter (maximum two pages), please explain your interest in and suitability for the role, including examples demonstrating capability, your skills and your aspirations for the position.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Nicole Pluim, Manager, Counselling and Psychological Support, on 5227 1221 or nicole.pluim@deakin.edu.au

Are you Ready?

Deakin is one of the new breeds of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative. We are committed to making a genuine difference in people’s lives through excellence in education and research. As a Victorian university with a global impact, join us and let’s see what we can achieve together.

Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third-party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.

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Deakin, ACT

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