Tumbelin Farm Counsellor Baptist Care SA

JOB DESCRIPTION

About us: 

Baptist Care SA works collaboratively with South Australians from all walks of life. We provide Camping and Adventure Programs, Disability Services, Homelessness Services, Out of Home Care and Youth, Family and Community Programs. We are committed to finding a way forward for everyone we serve and supporting them to achieve their life goals. We find ways to make people’s lives better.

About the role – 30.4 hours per fortnight (Mondays & Thursdays), max term contract until 30 June 202

Tumbelin Farm is an intensive residential adventure therapy program for 16–21-year-olds whose use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) is having a negative impact on their life and are seeking to make a change. It is an early intervention program working within an adventure therapy framework to overcome their challenges with drug and alcohol use. The counsellor engages with the young person and their circle of support at the point of referral to engage them in family group conferencing and decision making, assisting them to develop a community re-engagement program. This is not your traditional counselling role, day to day you will be situated on the farm (10 minutes outside of Mt Barker) working alongside a multi-disciplinary team, including the program lead and case manager, Adventure Therapy Practitioners and the Farm Supervisor.

Your duties include but not limited to:

  • Facilitate the intake process including interviews of perspective clients to the program
  • Connect and engage with at least 2 people in an outreach setting to establish a circle of support (COS) for each young person (e.g. family members, significant others, etc) 
  • Provide 1:1 counselling sessions ,and plan and deliver group sessions to residential clients.
  • Coordinate Tumbelin Alumni activities, including the provision of lived experience support to other young people and their COS members who have been referred to Tumbelin Farm 

About you:

You take pride in your ability to create connections with those around you. Outside of 1:1’s and group work, you embrace the day-to-day activities that the residents participate in on the farm, and you relish in the chance to further build your connections by supporting them in this. You are someone who has a deep understanding of the complex needs and behaviours that our clients have, including the comorbid nature of AOD addiction, mental health and trauma. You love the great outdoors, and the prospects of a unique working in environment like a working farm, ticks all the boxes for you. 

You will also have the following skills and experience: 

  • Relevant degree qualification and/or a diploma with demonstrated experience (minimum 3 years) in social work, psychology, education, counselling, youth work, adventure therapy or a related field
  • Minimum Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Counselling (or willingness to work towards this or an equivalent qualification)
  • Demonstrated experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their families 
  • Demonstrated experience or a well-developed understanding of working within a Restorative Practice framework 

Specific Requirements: 

Baptist Care SA is committed to the safety and protection of all children and vulnerable people and as such applicants will be considered in accordance with our safety practices and suitability. 

You will be required to have, or be willing to obtain: 

  • Full unrestricted South Australia Driver’s Licence 
  • DHS Child-Related Employment Screening or Working With Children check 
  • National Police Clearance
  • A current Apply First Aid certificate
  • Training: Secure Environments for Children and Young People (or willingness to obtain)
  • Ability to work outside of normal office hours may be required
  • Use of own vehicle

Why work with us? 

Baptist Care SA offers a flexible and supportive environment where you are encouraged to be the best version of yourself.

You’ll also receive: 

  • A competitive salary on the SCHADS Award (Level 4)
  • A truly unique working environment in the Adelaide Hills with a close-knit team
  • Salary Packaging to increase your take home pay 
  • A corporate health plan with BUPA offering discounted health insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • Support for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander employees cultural and community obligations, including NAIDOC Leave and up to five days Paid Cultural Leave 

We do not accept applications via email, however, for more information, please see our website, or reach out to Dayle Skein at [email protected] for a confidential discussion. 

Please note, screening and interviews may take place prior to the closing date – applications may also close before this date.