Who we are;

The Bendigo & District Aboriginal Cooperative (BDAC) is an ACCO (Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation) registered as a member under the umbrella of VACCHO (Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation) and represented nationally through NACCHO (National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation).

BDAC provides a range of specialist services for clients based primarily in the Dja Dja Wurrung including Health and Wellbeing services, Family and Community Services and Corporate services.

Position Objective;

The Therapeutic Family Practitioner works to with the Family Safety Team to deliver on initiatives that align to the state-wide children’s resource programs strategic plan. They are responsible for the development and delivery of programs to children whom may have been affected by Family Violence and or Homelessness. 

This position will deliver high level therapeutic work with children and families to assist in children healing from the effects of family violence, as well as assisting BDAC staff through family violence risk assessment, safety planning and secondary consultation specific to the needs of children. 

What we are offering;

  • $42.94 per hour 
  • Fixed Term 12 month contract with the possibility of an extension
  • Access to Salary Packaging 
  • 10.0% Superannuation

We are offering you flexibility;

  • Work from Home / Onsite
  • Onsite parking 

Only some of the Key Responsibilities;

Therapeutic Work 

Work therapeutically with parents and children where the parent/ child relationship has been disrupted by family violence

Risk Assessment and Safety Planning 

Provision of MARAM risk assessments to families, with a special focus on using the MARAM framework when assessing risk to children experiencing family violence.

Supporting BDAC workers to understand and use the MARAM framework in providing ongoing risk assessments.

Case Management 

Holding a small caseload of families who require specialised case management relating to children’s experience of and healing from family violence. This may include where children are identified as using violence in the home towards siblings and/or parents.

Service System Development

Working with external stakeholders to improve their understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced family violence.

Participate in a state-wide network of professionals working in the area of children affected by family violence and homelessness.

Family Safety Team activities 

Participating in existing therapeutic groups to enhance healing provided to parents of children who have experienced family violence.

Working collaboratively with the Family Safety Team members to provide specialised wraparound services for individuals and families engaged in our programs.

How to Apply;

If this role sounds like you, then apply by addressing the key selection criteria questions below, send us a copy of your CV, along with you're cover letter to [email protected] by 5pm 29th September 2021.

                        Key Selection Criteria 

  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the practice of cultural safety for Aboriginal children and families.
  • Strong skills in working using trauma informed therapeutic strategies, incorporating an understanding of the unique experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, intergenerational trauma and other effects of colonisation.
  • Experience with Risk assessment and Safety Planning for individuals and families affected by family violence. Experience with using MARAM or willingness to undertake comprehensive training.
  • Ability to conduct individual and group therapeutic activities with children (or families with children) who have experienced family violence and/or homelessness.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently plan and organise own workload, with ability to work independently and in collaboration with other team members.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including verbal and written communication, including ability to write funding submissions and clear, concise reports.
  • Preferred / Desired Education, Training and/or Competencies
    • Qualification in a Social Welfare discipline or equivalent (Cert IV Minimum)
    • Experience in delivering therapeutic activities to children and families.
    • Experience in case management or support for vulnerable families and individuals

Should an applicant be the preferred candidate, background checks (Police check, reference check and Working with Children's Check) will be completed prior to the candidate’s employment being confirmed.

For more information about this position check out the position description or contact our human resources team on (03) 5442 4947 or [email protected] 

This is an Aboriginal Designated Position, classified under 'special measures' of section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010. Only Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are eligible to apply