About the Role

The purpose of this role is to provide Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) counselling, education and support to young people aged between 12-25, presenting with substance use and mental health concerns.  Services will be informed by an awareness of vulnerability, developmental stage and in a manner that promotes resilience in young people.

The key objectives of this role include:

  • To engage, assess and provide counselling, education and support to young people and their families and carers.
  • To make supported referrals to required services including General Practitioners, generalist welfare and AOD treatment services to meet young people’s holistic needs.
  • To effectively engage with young people to assist in reducing the impacts of harmful substance use.
  • To encourage healthy alternate choices and develop coping strategies to respond to emotional needs and life events.  
  • To work in alignment with best practice guidelines and Youth AOD frameworks that recognize each individual’s unique context including environment, relationships, culture, values and beliefs.

Vacancy details

Ongoing Part-time role (30.4 hours per week)

$79,000 pa (pro-rata) + super + salary packaging

To view the Position Description, please click here.

About You

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Qualification in Youth Work, Social Work, Psychology or other health related field with AOD experience.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing youth focused AOD counselling, support and outreach.
  • Completion or willingness to complete the core AOD modules.
  • Knowledge and experience of frameworks for working with young people with substance use issues.
  • Education, training and experience in mental health and adolescent and youth development.
  • Willing to assist in the development and delivery of AOD education sessions to small groups and schools, or other community based settings.
  • High level of competence in case noting and report writing utilising data systems and MS Office applications.
  • Excellent networking and referral skills to external services, at times negotiating and advocating with services on behalf of a young person
  • Understanding of the purpose and expectations of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and demonstrated commitment to contributing to a child safe organisation in both practice and culture

Application Process

Applicants must address each of the Selection Criteria outlined in the respective Position Description and provide a current Résumé in order to be considered.

Applications to be submitted by email at recruitment@bcyf.org.au

Successful applicants will be required to provide a current Working with Children Check and undergo a National Police Check prior to commencement.

Applications close 5 pm Thursday 30 January 2020

V.I.D 2000566

Apply online

Contact Details

For more information about the position please contact Phoebe Chiller, Team Leader – Ongoing Care at headspace on 03 5222 6690.

BCYF is committed to providing a safe and friendly environment for children and young people.

BCYF is an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities or applicants with a lived experience of disability to apply. Reasonable adjustments will be made for people with disabilities where operationally viable.

Applications close 5 pm Thursday 30 January 2020

V.I.D 2000566