Adolescent and Family Counsellor

Parramatta & Western Suburbs
Community Services & Development
Child Welfare, Youth & Family Services
Full time
Posted 7d ago

Type: Full Time, fixed term until 30 June 2022 (with view to extend)

Location: Penrith NSW

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

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

The successful candidate will provide alcohol and drug related counselling to young people and where appropriate their families. A major aspect of this role is to assist young people to rebuild their relationships with their families and other significant people in their lives and to manage their lives more effectively.

This role will be based out of the Street University in Penrith, an innovative youth driven space that engages at risk young people through a range of educational, recreational, cultural and arts-based programs. The role will include active participation in the Street University program, and outreach to local schools and services.

Responsibilities and duties include:

  • Conduct thorough assessments of clients.
  • Provide individual counselling as required.
  • Provide family counselling (or refer) and other relationship counselling as required.
  • Provide individual case work support and referring to other parties as required.
  • Liaise effectively with referrers, other service providers and families to ensure best service for the client.
  • Create and manage effective referral pathways for clients to access the service.
  • Arrange community networking for a young person to encourage positive interactions in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Deliver case management services for young people as appropriate.
  • Maintain client records, statistical records and provide reports as required.
  • Develop and maintain referral pathways.
  • Travel within the Nepean & Blue Mountains catchment providing AOD counselling services.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications e.g. psychology, counselling, social work.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to work with young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years old.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both as a team member and as a practitioner with minimal supervision.
  • Strong personal and interpersonal boundaries.
  • Must hold and maintain a current Drivers License (Provisional Drivers Licence Minimum) and a cleared NSW Working With Children Check.

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Experience in the drug and alcohol sector.
  • Registration or eligible for membership with AHPRA or other professional association.
  • Minimum 2 years direct counselling experience.

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 31 January 2022. 

Please not that rolling interviews may be performed, as such applicants are encouraged to apply at the earliest point. Previous applicants need not apply.

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

Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • Do you have a current Australian driver's licence?
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?
  • How many years' experience do you have as a counsellor?

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