AOD Youth Counsellor Holyoake



Position Title:              AOD Youth Counsellor

Award:                          (SCHADS) Industry Award 2010

Classification:             Social and Community Services Employee Level 5

Hours of work:            Full time / Part time 

Reports to:                  Chief Executive Officer

Position Purpose 

  • The AOD Youth Counsellor provides clinical assessment, education, and ongoing therapeutic support to minimise the harm of alcohol and drug use (or other addictive behaviours) to young people aged 12-25. 


  • Demonstrated experience providing therapeutic interventions for clients with AOD/ addictive behaviours
  • A minimum of 3 years experience working with young people in a counselling capacity


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in AOD / Counselling / Youth Work or other health related qualifications

Selection Criteria for Appointment into Role (Candidates must address each criterion to be eligible for selection)

  • Knowledge of and understanding of the key issues facing young people
  • Experience in working with young people with complex needs especially issues relating to problematic alcohol or other drug use
  • Demonstrated understanding of adolescent development and an ability to practice a range of interventions, including conducting complex assessments, care planning, review, and case work approaches. 
  • Experience in working with young people with mental health comorbidities
  • Sound knowledge and application of contemporary models / best practice in therapeutic interventions for addictive behaviours
  • Demonstrated understanding and practice of trauma informed care
  • Understanding of responding to crises, and accessing other support services 
  • Advanced engagement and communication skills with young people from a range of backgrounds (including cultural awareness) and age groups, including the ability to model appropriate behaviours and motivate young people
    • High standard of written and oral communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships in a team environment
    • Demonstrated ability to address and resolve conflict
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with young people
  • Demonstrated experience of participation in co-operative and collaborative work practices with other service providers including youth justice, police, child protection, and community groups, including well developed liaison and networking skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as advanced interpersonal, coaching, and consultative skills 
  • Ability to constructively work within a team environment
  • Ability to work within an outreach model of service delivery
  • Computer literacy, including MS office, internet, and email
  • A current Tasmanian driver’s licence


Key Responsibilities:

Clinical Service Delivery         

  • Demonstrates excellent clinical skills in assessment and therapeutic interventions 
  • Delivers clinical service in schools and other outreach locations
  • Works with clients to develop, implement and review individual treatment goals based on the clients identified needs
  • Demonstrates an understanding of crisis management and the ability to deal with suicide interventions
  • Works competently with complex comorbid clients and refers to appropriate external services where required
  • Practices in accordance with Holyoake conceptual model and philosophy
  • Ability to prioritise clinical and administrative duties, including the effective and efficient planning and organisation of a complex caseload
  • Participates in the analysis, design and review of Holyoake programs and program materials
  • Documents client information and maintains client files and statistics

Legislation / Policies / Procedures         

  • Practices within Holyoake policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates knowledge of and practices within relevant Commonwealth and State legislation
  • Participates in policy review and development


  • Demonstrates advanced interpersonal skills including:
  • Develops networks with a range of youth services including youth justice, employment /educational and recreational facilities to promote referral pathways
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills and ability to deliver innovative solutions
  • Provides reports on progress of program activities for:
    • Holyoake Board
    • CEO
    • Funding bodies
  • Demonstrates excellent documentation skills in the timely and accurate collection of client related information


  • Attends 6-weekly external clinical supervision consultations
  • Engages in regular internal clinical supervision sessions with other staff
  • Provides clinical supervision and expert advice for students and peer workers
  • Assists in the induction of new staff

Professional Development

  • Commitment to personal learning, development, and improvement in pursuit of own performance objectives and those of the team and organisation.
  • Participates in Holyoake staff development program

Quality Improvement

  • Participates in Holyoake quality improvement program

Occupational Health and Safety

  • Exercises reasonable care in the performance of duties consistent with relevant OHS Legislation
  • Identifies and reduces immediate workplace risks and reports all OHS hazards to CEO

Marketing / Networking

  • Participates in activities to promote Holyoake services

Performance Review and Development

  • A performance review will be conducted at the completion of a 3-month probation period and annually thereafter
  • All staff appointments are subject to a review of the results of a current WWVP (Children) and National Police Check