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Work type: Full time - Fixed term/Contract
Location: Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Categories: Education


The Counsellor is a key role within the Wellbeing and Counselling Services in providing assessment and interventions at an individual, group and broader organisational level. The primary aim of the professional counselling provided is to facilitate the personal, emotional, social and educational transition and adjustment of students.  The counselling has an emphasis on brief outcome-informed interventions, rather than long term.

Related responsibilities include working with the families of students seeking counselling, working with academic advisors and academic staff to ensure early detection of psychological problems or learning disabilities, working with the University’s medical services provider concerning health seminars.  The Counsellor is required to provide secondary and tertiary consultation to RMIT staff in connection with students’ issues.


  • Provide assessment, case-management and counselling of RMIT Vietnam students some of whom present with high risk issues.
  • Provide counselling services to students and their families, and support the Senior Manager, Wellbeing and Counselling Services in the provision of such services. This includes providing individual counselling, group programs, family sessions, and seminars.  Individual counselling will be provided on an appointment or drop-in basis for students requiring assistance.  Additional support includes support via email and phone.  Other support, such as home or hospital visits will be provided on a needs basis. 
  • Facilitate the academic adjustment of students and assist students to negotiate RMIT Vietnam’s policies and procedures.
  • Provide crisis intervention counselling and secondary consultation of students and staff affected by incidents involving students.
  • Identify and support “at-risk” students and students with learning difficulties through developing, implementing and monitoring supportive learning programs in conjunction with relevant RMIT staff, and refer students for specialised assistance as appropriate.
  • Liaise with and provide consultancy services to teaching, administrative and support staff regarding student mental health issues and initiatives.
  • Participate in professional supervision and professional development including regular supervision and case management discussions with the Senior Manager Wellbeing and Counselling Services.
  • Assist in the collection of relevant data pertaining to the counselling services and maintenance of the counselling services database.
  • Assist in continuous improvement and other counselling services research and development, quality assurance processes and client outcome research, relevant policy review and development.
  • Promote counselling services by actively participating in University programs and activities including Orientation Day, health seminars, club activities, and community programs.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with a referral list of mental health service providers in the region.
  • Create, maintain and regularly update counselling files.
  • Routine administrative duties in relation to the operation of the Counselling Services.


  • Masters Degree in Psychology or Counselling or Social Work
  • Membership/eligibility for membership with respective professional Psychological or Counselling or Social work Association is desirable.
  • At least five years of experience in assessing and providing individual counselling to diverse range of client groups, preferably in an academic context.
  • Experience in brief counselling approaches, such as cognitive-behaviour therapy, psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, solution focussed therapy, family therapy is desirable.
  • Strong assessment, intervention and referral skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural skills to complement formal training in counselling or psychology.
  • Ability to deal with specific concerns of various groups of students, such as ESL and international students, part-time and/or mature aged students, students with serious mental health problems, students with disabilities, and rural students.
  • Demonstrated capacity to develop, implement, manage and evaluate projects and programs, including student and staff group programs relating to psychological issues.
  • Ability to conceptualise and undertake research relating to counselling issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with people at all levels and areas of the University, including students, academic staff, and management, as well as people in the wider community including, family members, psychiatrists, doctors, specialists.
  • Excellent communication, liaison and presentation skills including verbal and written skills in English.
  • Ability to speak Vietnamese is highly regarded
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and flexibly, cooperatively and productively in a diverse team environment.
  • Acute attention to detail, accuracy, and confidentiality when managing information.
  • Computer Skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point, SPSS).


For Vietnamese candidates:

  • Unique opportunity to work within a multi-lingual, multi-cultural environment with creative and innovative committed colleagues.
  • Attractive salary package with base salary starting from VND 38,000,000 VND gross per month
  • Meal allowance VND 680,000; Clothing allowance VND 416,000 gross per month
  • 13th month Tet bonus
  • Private premium medical insurance
  • 20 days annual leave, 10 days sick leave per annum
  • Education fee support for staff dependents after a qualifying period

For foreign candidates:

  • Unique opportunity to work within a multi-lingual, multi-cultural environment with creative and innovative committed colleagues.
  • Attractive and competitive remuneration starting up to 55,000 USD gross per annum depending on candidates' knowledge and experience
  • Relocation from home country to Vietnam 
  • Private premium medical insurance
  • 20 days annual leave, 10 days sick leave per annum
  • Education fee support for staff dependents after a qualifying period
  • Support with visa and work permit application


For further information about this role, please click on the Job Description document below.

Download File Wellbeing_Counsellor_2019 May_PSV7.docx

Download File NEW Information Pack - Foreign Candidates - Professional 2018.pdf


If English is not your native language then you will be required to demonstrate a minimum English language proficiency standard at a BULATS Advanced level (BULATS score 75), equivalent to IELTS (General) 6.5.  RMIT Vietnam will require you to complete a BULATS test to assess your level of English before an offer of employment can be made.


Click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Applications close on 26 May 2019

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