Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator The Salvation Army


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Why this role matters

The Salvation Army Youth Services offer an integrated suite of programs engaging with young people across Australia. Our services create intentional avenues for young people to explore opportunities, build support networks, and access, participate and contribute to their communities. Youth services provide a diverse range of programs which include housing and homelessness, driver training, education, employment, and training, AOD support, social and community activities, specialist therapeutic responses and youth justice programs.

About the role

We are seeking a values-driven Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator for Oasis Drug and Alcohol Youth Support will provide early intervention counselling and psychoeducation group work to young people aged between 12-24 within South Eastern Sydney Health District.

The Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator will work towards reducing alcohol and other drug use related harm by delivering a client centred, high quality and safe AOD focused psychosocial counselling and support. The Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator will provide early intervention and prevention modules to young people to reduce development and harm of problematic substance use. The Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator will improve the health, well-being and social outcomes of clients by delivering comprehensive alcohol and other drug support interventions. In addition, the Youth Counsellor/Group Facilitator will take the lead in the team to develop and grow partnership opportunities.

You will successfully

  • Provide individual and group psychosocial counselling and support for up to 60 young people aged 12-24
  • Provide up to 210 psychoeducational modules to young people aged 12-24 (individual or group setting)
  • Provide accessible information to clients, family, and other service providers about the service
  • Assess clients with a range of co-existing physical health, mental health, and social conditions
  • Provide an environment free of alcohol and non-prescribed pharmaceutical medications
  • Facilitate regular contact and support for clients who are on a wait list
  • Ensure practice is underpinned by trauma-informed and psychologically informed care and environmentEvidence work with clear, concise recording/documentation in 48hrs, upholding confidentiality always
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reflective practice in all work, documentation, and supervision
  • Adhere to mandatory reporting legislation and guidelines
  • Participate in team meetings, supervision, training and build positive partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Support other members of team (Case Manager’s) to achieve shared goals
  • Provide culturally responsive support to diverse groups throughout counselling and group work
  • Work collaboratively with co-workers, other Oasis programs and external agencies
  • Take lead on developing partnership opportunities, external site visits and stakeholder relationships.

This is a full-time, permanent position, located in Surry Hills, NSW. Salary and conditions are in accordance with the Health Professionals & Support Services Awd Lvl 3.

You will have

  • Minimum Diploma (preferably higher) in Counselling (similar discipline social work/psychology) with minimum 1 year paid experience. Certificate 4 only considered with minimum 2 years 1:1 counselling experience with Youth.
  • Previous experience in counselling and assessment with young people experiencing AOD
  • Valid NSW Working With Children’s Check
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence
  • A National Police Check
  • Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination or Exemption
  • Compulsory Code of Conduct, WHS and Bullying and Harassment training modules are completed and up to date.
  • Registered with Psychology Board of Australia or eligible for registration with relevant peak body

What we offer

  • Flexible working conditions
  • (Maybe eligible to) NFP salary packaging ($15,900 tax free) plus meals and entertainment benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program – Independent confidential counselling service
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Discounted health and fitness programs through Fitness Passport
  • Up to 8 weeks leave per year through our purchase leave scheme
  • Generous Parental Leave offering of 12 weeks
  • Up to 5 days paid leave per year to support a TSA program or activity
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate, and professional team members
  • Positively supporting and impacting the lives of others through your career contribution

The Salvation Army is a Christian movement and one of Australia’s largest and most-loved charities, helping thousands of Australians every year find hope in the midst of all kinds of personal hardship. The Salvation Army offers the opportunity to use your professional skills and expertise to make a real difference in the lives of people who need help most.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people. We value people of all cultures, languages, capacities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all roles require a mandatory National Police Check.

We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration.