Do I need a referral to access your services?
No you do not need a referral to access our service.
You can call us yourself or be referred by a professional.
If you would like to know more about our counselling services, please call us on 5222 4318. Our Intake Counsellor will arrange a time for you to come in for an initial appointment.
How much does counselling cost?
There is no charge for counselling at Barwon CASA.
Do I need a medicare card to receive a service?
You do not need a medicare card to receive counselling at Barwon CASA.
Will my information remain confidential?
Information from your file is only able to be viewed by relevant Barwon CASA staff members. Your information can only be shared with professionals from other organisations if you give your permission.
There are three exceptions to this:
- If a Counsellor Advocate has reason to believe that a person aged 17 years or younger, is at risk of harm.
- If a Counsellor Advocate has reason to believe you may seriously hurt yourself or someone else.
- Sometimes, if there are court proceedings, your file may be requested from us. If this happens we may oppose the request in order to protect the privacy of your file. However, in the event that we are unsuccessful we are legally required to hand over your file. We will try to contact you and inform you of this prior to any action being taken.
More Information on Barwon CASA Privacy
Can I bring children to an appointment?
It is preferential for children to not attend your counselling sessions.
We ask that when attending your appointment, you ensure you make a time with your counsellor when your children are at school, in care or are being looked after at home.
Alternatively if this is not possible, you may choose to bring a family member or friend that can attend the centre with you and watch after the children whilst you are in session.
Barwon CASA does not offer a child minding service, however we do have a dedicated children’s waiting room. All children need to be accompanied by an adult whilst using this area.
Can I remain anonymous?
Yes, you can remain anonymous. We understand that some people are not comfortable disclosing their name when making contact with Barwon CASA.
If you wish your data to remain anonymous please speak with a Counsellor Advocate.
What are your hours of service?
Our office hours are from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
We provide a 24 hour crisis care service for people who have experienced recent sexual assault.
Can I get a late appointment if I am unable to attend during these hours?
We are able to offer counselling appointments outside of our business hours. To discuss options available to you, please speak to your Counsellor Advocate.
Do you do home visits?
We do not provide home visits. Our specialist counselling services are offered across the Barwon and Wimmera regions. For a list of our outreach locations, please click here
Can I Volunteer with Barwon CASA?
We appreciate that people wish to volunteer their services with us however due to the confidential nature of our work we are unable to take on volunteers.
For those seeking employment with us, please click here to view current positions vacant.
Barwon CASA offers student placements throughout the year. Contact your University Student Placement Coordinator to see if we are registered with your University.
Do you have someone that can come out and deliver a talk or training to our organisation about the work that you do?
Due to the high demand for our staff to deliver talks to organisations, we offer annual professional training packages on issues relating to sexual assault, problematic sexual behaviours, family violence and trauma.
If your organisation is seeking specific training tailored to your needs we are happy to discuss how we can assist.
Barwon CASA training and professional development is informed by best practice and current research and theory relating to complex issues of trauma, sexual abuse and family violence.
The aim of our professional development program is to enhance the skills and confidence for professionals working with trauma, abuse and violence.
To view our professional development training calendar or to register online, click here
If you would like to contact us about your training needs, email firstname.lastname@example.org