Adolescent & Family Counsellor (Residential Drug and Alcohol Program)

Community Services & Development
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
Full time
Posted 18d ago

Type: Full Time, 12-month fixed-term contract (maternity leave cover)

Location: Watson ACT

Remuneration:  Social, Community, Home Care & Disability Award 2010 (Level 5) + full salary packaging options available.

“Our purpose is to help disadvantaged young Australians to flourish.”

Noffs is looking for a dynamic and compassionate Adolescent & Family Counsellor to join our Residential Drug & Alcohol Program (PALM) to support young people aged 13-17 with serious alcohol and/or other drug-related difficulties. The successful candidate will work as a member of our multi-disciplinary team on the day-to-day program management and delivery in a residential therapeutic community, which includes group management and crisis intervention skills and organising positive recreational and educational activities. 

Noffs holds itself to the highest standards, and only looks to employ people whose passions lie with supporting this highly complex yet amazingly resilient population. Our cargo is simply too precious to settle for second best. If this sounds like a challenge you would be willing to rise to, then the rewards are endless.

Responsibilities and Duties include but not limited to:

  • Conduct thorough assessment and be able to make clinical recommendations to the wider PALM team.
  • Develop a comprehensive case treatment plan in collaboration with the young person.
  • Provide regular individual counselling, as well as brief family interventions.
  • Facilitate planned, and impromptu group sessions.
  • Support the residential team in the day to day implementation of the agreed care plan for each resident.
  • Liaise with family and support networks regularly regarding treatment progress, including comprehensive exit planning.
  • Maintain client records, including assessment and statistical records.
  • Act as a clinical leader within the program, helping to guide other staff through the treatment episode of each client.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications e.g. psychology, counselling, social work (candidates due to complete their studies by the end of 2021 are welcome to apply).
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with young people.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to a therapeutic community model.
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and as a practitioner with minimal supervision.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal boundaries.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Commitment to the principles of harm minimisation and to the aims of the Ted Noffs Foundation.
  • Must hold and maintain a cleared ACT Working With Vulnerable People Card and a current Driver Licence (provisional license minimum).

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant counselling experience.
  • Relevant experience in the drug and alcohol sector.
  • Registration or eligible for membership with AHPRA or other professional association.

Ted Noffs Foundation is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes, but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

How to Apply: 

Submit your application via SEEK which MUST include a Resume and a Cover Letter addressing the selection criteria. Applications must be received by 24 October 2021.

Please note that rolling interviews will be performed, applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest point. 

For further information, contact us at Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?
  • How much notice are you required to give your current employer?

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