Farming Community Counsellor - Temora/Young
Posted , 25 Oct 2019 | Job Id :C025-6315-72018415
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Murrumbidgee Local Health District

  • Full time
  • Temora NSW, Australia

Job Summary: Temora NSW Employment Type: Temporary Full Time until June 2020 Position Classification: Dependant on skills & qualifications Remuneration: Dependant on skills & qualifications Hours Per Week: 38 Requisition ID: REQ118175 Vaccination Category: A Applications Close: 6 November 2019 Grow your career with us. We have pathways galore.

Job Details: What you will be doing
The position of Farming Community Counsellor is to engage with and provide support to rural farming communities and individuals within the broader agricultural sector who are experiencing severe stress due to the current drought. The expected outcomes of this service are to provide individualised support, build individual and community resilience and sustainability during these difficult times.


Farming Community Counsellor will ensure they are connected to interagency and other networks to assist with identification and access to the target groups.
The Drought Relief – Farm Gate Counsellor will:

Identify individuals and families experiencing severe stress by developing effective linkages into the agriculture sector and drought affected communities;
engage with affected individuals/families in locations that are accessible, suitable and/or comfortable for them,
provide a counselling service that uses a supportive, strengths-based, resilience-building and problem-solving approach and ensure that individuals and families with mental illness are linked to the relevant MLHD community and inpatient services and lower intensity CMO s where appropriate.
More specific tasks include:
providing community-based counselling and mental health support where indicated, to individuals and families in drought-affected areas (who may not otherwise access community mental health support). This will include individuals and families experiencing severe stress rather than mental illness;
providing a variety of counselling interventions with individuals including relapse prevention, cognitive behavioural interventions, mindfulness; ‘Single Session’ work and where appropriate facilitate referral to Financial Counselling;
responding to the needs of email referrals, phone calls and drop-in clients; carrying out accurate & consistent needs assessments with clients, to determine appropriate support and responses;
providing information and appropriate advice, including advocacy, information, referral to other services, community resources, and support networks as required, & to maintain resources accordingly;
maintaining and recording client information records, including database and written documentation while maintaining service confidentiality and adhering to MLHD documentation standards and relevant counselling policies and procedures
The Drought Relief – Farm Gate Counsellor should have a working knowledge of the following theories and practices in relation to providing therapeutic support:
Narrative theory
Attachment and separation
Loss and grief
Family dysfunction
Crisis intervention
Strength Based Practice
Single Session Work and Mindfulness
Selection Criteria
Relevant tertiary qualifications (or equivalent experience) in health, welfare or Counselling
Evidence of high level mental health literacy skills and a working knowledge and awareness of the impact that drought has on individuals, family relationships and communities; particularly as they relate to mental wellbeing and rural adversity
Demonstrated sound counselling skills, including supportive, strengths-based, resilience-building and problem-solving approaches; combined with knowledge and skills in community engagement and development of community group education opportunities.
Please refer to the Position Description for the essential requirements and full selection criteria. Your application must include a current resume and address all selection criteria.

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