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Dual Diagnosis Counsellor

Youth Projects

About Us:

Youth Projects is an Australian-based independent, registered charity who recognise the complex and varying needs of our clients and offer a holistic model of care and provide pathways into our award-winning employment, education and social enterprise programs.

Located at our Primary Health Service in Hosier Lane Youth Projects provides front line support to individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues and young people looking to re-engage with learning and employment.

Our mission is to provide high impact support, no judgement, full stop.

About the Role

Youth Projects is now on the lookout for a dynamic ‘Dual Diagnosis Counsellor - Snr Worker’, Part Time, 30 hours per week. This role will form part of the Parallel Pathways Substance Misuse team at the Living Room Primary Health service and takes a leadership role within the team to provide line supervision, practice reflection and program development opportunities.

As this is a unique role you will have demonstrated in past:

  • Provide comprehensive AOD assessments and short-term case management to assist clients who either experiencing or at risk of homelessness
  • Engaging clients in structured and semi-structured counselling sessions to reduce the client’s level of substance use, reduce the client’s high-risk behaviours and experience of AOD related harm, improve physical and mental health, including emotional and psychological well-being
  • Conduct assertive clinical outreach (where appropriate) to engage and assess people sleeping rough in Melbourne’s CBD
  • Ensure high-quality care coordination processes for people engaged through the program interventions with a focus on linkages with Living Room services and programs
  • Proving secondary consultation across the multi-disciplinary team and to external services where appropriate
  • Engage clients to improve health literacy to improve the client’s capacity to better understand and manage their own health and wellbeing
  • Integration of care with the existing service system to ensure enhance service coordination and collaboration

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • Appropriate qualifications in health or allied health fields (such as social work, psychology and counselling)
  • Minimum 2 years direct experience with mental health/AOD sectors and treatment provision working with clients with multiple and complex needs
  • Knowledge and understanding of homelessness, housing and health sectors (including mental health and AOD)
  • Advanced knowledge of the Alcohol and Other Drug service system and processes
  • Assessment, clinical interventions and treatment modalities
  • Demonstrated organisational skills within multidisciplinary service environment
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking assessment and successful supported referrals

What in it for YOU!

  • Flexible work environment
  • Youth Projects have access to generous employee benefits including salary packaging, training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Continuous growth in owning your own space?
  • Diverse and collaborative team culture. Your success is our success!

Our commitment to diversity

At Youth Projects, we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness.

We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates

Safety screening

Youth Projects has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo a Police and Working with Children Checks. Any person with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.

Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected.

For further information, please contact Richie Goonan at richieg@youthprojects.org.au, using the subject line: Dual Diagnosis Counsellor enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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