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July 2020

RANSW Team Leader Counselling

Job No: RANSW535
Location: Broadmeadow

About Relationships Australia NSW
Relationships Australia NSW is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to enhancing relationships within families and their communities in order to foster personal and social well-being. We are committed to building our support for families who are in greatest need, facing complex issues and have limited access to resources and services. Further information about our organisation can be found on our website

About the Opportunity
The position of Team Leader is part of the senior team in the region, a key advisor to the Centre Manager in their practice area, and holds significant autonomy and decision-making capacity. The primary function of the role is to provide supervision and leadership in the program area, as well as providing direct service where required. The role is situated between the manager and front line clinical and administrative staff.

The role requires well-developed practice and clinical supervisory skills, as well as flexibility, initiative, coordination, and organisational skills.

Team Leaders may have both Program and Center responsibilities managing the organisational interface with clients and external customers and ensuring the provision of quality services through support, supervision, and facilitating team functioning and performance.

This is a part-time position working 4 days per week, days of work will be discussed during the recruitment process.
The annual base salary range for this position is:
$88,691 to $90,909 (if this were a full-time role) which equates to
$70,953 to $72,727 for this 4 days per week role
(the hourly rate range is $45.48 to $46.62)

In addition to the base salary, there is the employer’s contribution (9.5%) to superannuation, annual leave loading (17.5%) and we offer salary packaging.
The actual salary will be dependent on experience, training and qualifications.

RANSW is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and recognises the importance of attracting the right people for the right job. Candidates are selected in accordance with pre-determined selection criteria.

RANSW is committed to creating opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, this is a core part of our Reconciliation Action Plan. Australia’s First Peoples are encouraged to apply for this role.

How To Apply?
For more information about the role and to apply, click on the link:

Beyond Trauma: Storied, Embodied, Affect, Power – PART ONE

Who is this training for?
Tertiary qualified professionals in health or social sciences including the fields of counselling, social work, psychology,
psychotherapy, psychiatry, chaplaincy, and occupational therapy. Other applicants with significant relevant work
experience and therapeutic aptitude will be considered.

About the training
The stories people tell themselves and others about traumatic events do affect how they live their present and future lives. While the actual events and their effects can be helpfully explored, a narrative approach also seeks to bring forth and richly describe people’s responses to traumas.

Often these responses have been, and still may be, of value to the person. Typically, these response stories are undeveloped or completely invisible. Keeping this in mind, we will consider how to:
• Identify and name resistance to traumatic events: thoughts, feelings or actions taken that reduced the negative effects at the time and/or later

  • Assist people to tell the unsaid stories: noticing details and asking helpful questions about them
  • Relate to traumatic incidents from a safe place outside the trauma story
  • Bring forth a valued sense of self in spite of the effects of trauma
  • Name the relational politics of traumatic experience

We will also think about how we might bring these constructive responses to trauma, the actual incident/s, and the effects of trauma, into a fuller storied life. This practical and interactive workshop will explore the importance of asking different kinds of questions while creating a felt-sense of compassion. Participants will be introduced to a variety of ways of working with people including some mindfulness and somatic awareness skills as complementary to narrative question-asking. Brief and extended stories from therapy will illustrate narrative approaches.

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An Introduction to Narrative Approaches

Early bird ends Friday 2 October
An Introduction to Narrative Approaches in Therapy 

October and November 2020

Who is this training for?
Tertiary qualified professionals in health or social sciences including the fields of counselling, social work,
psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, nursing, chaplaincy, and occupational therapy. Other applicants with
significant relevant work experience and therapeutic aptitude will be considered.

About the training
People often arrive for therapy with a sense of despair and feelings of failure concerning their lives and relationships. Narrative Therapy seeks to acknowledge their concerns as well as recognise that people’s lives are multi-storied and they do possess certain knowledges and skills that can address their difficulties.
The narrative questions that therapists ask can have generative and healing effects for people through the identification and rich development of alternative and preferred stories that take them to hopeful possibilities.

Course Curriculum
This revised 4 day course provides a practical comprehensive training in contemporary Narrative Therapy. Highly regarded foundational skills will include externalising the problem with individuals, couples and families, identifying unique outcomes, and plotting constructive initiatives through time and context. The somatic and affective dimensions of narrative approaches will be covered. Participants will learn how to create histories of valued lives through remembering conversations.

Key ideas and practices will be covered in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere with many opportunities for trainees to try out various methods. Further, the philosophy, values and ethics that underpin Narrative Therapy will be presented in an accessible way. These knowledges and skills can enrich and sustain new and desirable developments in people’s lives. As people learn in different ways, this concentrated practice-based course may be facilitated through a variety of teaching methods including:

  • guided exercises
  • demonstration interviews
  • roleplays
  • group discussions
  • DVDs of the originators of Narrative Therapy
  • reading seminal articles and other literature

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June 2020

2019 Conference Keynote Video Presentations

Conference Keynote Presenter videos are uploaded to the Members Portal, please login to view

AAFT Vice President – Ian Goldsmith Interview on ABC Life

Click on this HERE to read the interview

Group Clinical Supervision – Narrative and Systemic Perspectives

Narrative and Systemic Perspectives
ONLINE Group Clinical Supervision
Early bird ends Tues 16 June

Dear Colleague

This group clinical supervision, facilitated by Ian Percy and Roxanne Garven, offers practitioners a context to talk about their work in a safe, collaborative and respectful environment. It will be completely online through Zoom.

Ian and Roxanne will draw from their decades of Narrative and Systemic practice, offering participants a rich understanding of concepts and various skills to enliven and sustain their clinical work.

Participants will explore different aspects of their practice including
• identifying and appreciating their existing helpful perspectives and skills
• introducing new therapeutic thinking and acting
• creating effective conversations
• addressing common and uncommon problems
• skilful responses in challenging circumstances
• turning clinical predicaments and impasses into opportunities
• how to create hopeful new directions

The attached flyer has further details EARLY BIRD $506 (incl GST)
I would appreciate it if you could distribute this email and flyer through your agency or organisation.
If you have any queries please do get in touch by phone 0422 498 607 or email

With kind regards

Dr Ian Percy MSW PhD
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker
Clinical Family Therapist (Australian Association of Family Therapy)
Accredited Supervisor RANZCP