Part time counsellor, Well Elder, Wellington

Counsellor position description – Wellington February 2019

We are looking for a new appointment to work across Wellington and Porirua area as part of a team of three contracted counsellors. 

Applications to janetr@wellelder.nz by 5pm on Monday 11 March 2019

Please provide letter and CV

www.wellelder.nz for information, enquiries to 04 380 2440

Position Description

Purpose of Position

To provide high quality, professional counselling for individuals, couples, families, and groups as scheduled by WellElder. This includes assessment, short-term counselling, the fostering of client self-understanding and resourcefulness, and the ensuring of client safety and confidentiality, and appropriate referrals and follow ups.

To practise in a way which upholds WellElder’s values and goals and demonstrates an awareness of the needs of older people, Maori and people of a range of cultures.

To be part of WellElder team and participate in regular staff meetings and development, and input to policy, Board meetings and events as able.

The responsibilities of this position may change over time as the organisation responds to changing organisational and client need.

Accountable to:  WellElder Clinical Leader and Manager. 

Hours of Work: WellElder is open Tuesday to Thursdays, with some availability for home visits and groups on other days.

It is expected the contractor will make themselves available for one day a week, preferably Tuesdays, with some flexibility to extend if necessary.

Place of work: A combination of our counselling room at Newtown, and Johnsonville Community Centre and Pember House in Porirua.

Personal attributes:

  • Interested in working with older people.
  • Good communication skills, and flexible approaches to meeting client need.
  • Maturity and integrity in treating others with respect.
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills.
  • A willingness to continually learn and develop.
  • Ability to work independently and also as part of a team.
  • Interested in working less than full time. 

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A current NZAC or NZAP Practising Certificate and a knowledge, understanding and commitment to professional standards and ethics.
  • Training and experience in counselling, and group work.
  • A driver’s licence and the use of a car, as up to a half of counselling sessions take place in clients’ homes.
  • Ability to attend and participate in monthly staff meetings (usually in Wellington.)
  • Accurate and up-to-date record-keeping.
  • Competent Microsoft Outlook calendar use for scheduling appointments.
  • Participation in regular supervision with a qualified supervisor.
  • An awareness of Health and Safety practices in workplaces.
  • Hold Professional Indemnity Insurance.