We offer placements and internships...

Counselling services

We offer placements for final year Social Work students to develop their professional skills with an educative and supportive environment. We are looking for students who are:

  • Interested in working with people living with HIV and members of the gender and sexually diverse community, and be responsive to their changing needs
  • Proactive in empowering individuals and communities to enhance their own wellbeing
  • Committed to building supportive environments for our clients
  • Wanting to work and actively participate in a creative and enthusiastic team environment

Experience and supervision

You will get training and experience in:

  • Duty work — handling enquiries from the public, counselling calls, and other related tasks
  • Assessments — structured clinical interviews with prospective clients to assess their eligibility for the service
  • Allocations — participating in allocation meetings where clients are reviewed by the team and allocated to counsellors or referred elsewhere
  • Training days — attending professional training days that is offered to our staff, volunteer counsellors, and students
  • Project work — developing policies, promotional strategies, resources, and training

Supervision is a key part of students’ professional development. A qualified staff member offers fortnightly supervision sessions designed to expand the students’ knowledge on HIV issues, the gender and sexually diverse communities, and clinical skills.

Arranging a placement

Course coordinators should contact us to arrange placement for their students, although students can also contact us directly by sending a letter of application and their CV. We interview applicants and then contact them and their university to advise them of our decision.

For more information, please contact the counselling service manager on (03) 9865 6700 or 1800 134 840 (free call for callers from regional and rural areas), or email counselling@vac.org.au.

Community support program

We offer placements for students of community development or welfare. Students can participate in all aspects of the program, including team meetings, client visits, and group social activities.

Volunteers currently working in the program are also encouraged to apply for placements.

For more information, please contact the community support program team leader on (03) 9863 0426 or email support@vac.org.au.