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Family Mentor / Peer Support - headspace Functional Recovery Team

Uniting (NSW.ACT)
  • Support family & carer of mental health consumers using lived experience
  • Full time in Mount Druitt - with friendly multi-disciplinary team
  • SCHADS Level 2 +Super +Generous salary packaging benefits

headspace Early Psychosis program is divided into 3 areas – Functional Recovery Team (FRT), Mobile Assessment Treatment Team (MATT) and Continuing Care Team.

headspace Early Psychosis is an early intervention service for young people aged 12 to 25 years, that runs alongside headspace. The service provides long term case management and therapeutic intervention (up to 5 years) to young people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or shorter term (6 months) to those who are at risk of experiencing psychosis. Psychosis involves the experience of symptoms such as, confused thinking, false beliefs (delusions), hallucinations, changes in mood - such as ongoing depression and changed behaviours, such as irrational anger.

Role Overview:

The Family Mentor is a staff member who has a lived experience of being a family member and carer of person with psychosis/severe mental ill health. The role of the Family Mentor is to use their experience of having supported a family member through treatment, diagnosis, and recovery to engage and support family members of young people accessing the headspace Early Psychosis service. The Family Mentor works alongside other professionals in the headspace Early Psychosis team.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Establish and develop a peer support relationship, with families and/or carers, through using lived experience of having a family member living with psychosis/severe mental illness.
  • Ensure families/carers feel supported in all aspects of their life. This may involve supporting them to link in with external services.
  • Provide advocacy support for families and carers to clinical teams.
  • Provide a range of family peer support activities via face-to-face sessions, telephone sessions, groups and community focused events.

Essential Criteria:

  • Appropriate certificate relevant to work required to be performed or willingness to obtain.
  • Previous experience in related industry, service, or equivalent level of experience to activities required.
  • The incumbent has 'lived experience' having a family member who has a history of psychosis/severe mental ill health and has received treatment in tertiary mental health services.
  • Ability to maintain the philosophy, standards and policies of the program model and the organisation and to promote the recovery of young people
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act (2007) and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  • Current NSW Driver’s license

Desirable Criteria:

  • Certificate IV in Peer (Mental Health) work

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

Benefits & culture

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a diverse cultural background are encouraged to apply. 

  • Salary packaging entitlements
  • Ongoing training & development, including cultural awareness training
  • Career development opportunities

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Enquiries to Rose Rivera, Talent Acquisition Specialist on 0438 206 164 or rrivera@unting.org using the subject line: Family Mentor / Peer Support - headspace Functional Recovery Team enquiry via EthicalJobs

Reference 499518.

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