Youth Counsellor – Youth Focus Youth Focus


Mental Health Clinician – Youth Focus Great Southern

About Us

Youth Focus is a for-purpose organisation that creates brighter futures for young people in Western Australia by offering a range of no-cost mental health services. Established in 1994, Youth Focus delivers innovative and accessible mental health services and programs across Western Australia to help at-risk young people aged 12 to 25. 

A key component of this, is our role as the lead agency for a number of headspace centres, including the dynamic and successful headspace Albany located on Minang Noongar Boodja, where this role will call home. This role will deliver Youth Focus services both in schools and at the headspace Albany Centre.

Youth Focus is committed to ensuring every individual that interacts with us feels safe and is able to bring their whole selves, being welcomed with equity, dignity and respect. In doing so, we understand that we must first include, listen, and reflect in order to build trust, connect, and partner. We celebrate individuality and are guided by the stories and journeys of the communities in which we live and work. Everyone is welcome at Youth Focus.

  • Full-time position (1.00FTE)
  • Fixed-term contract until June 2023, with likely extension inline with contract funding

About The Role

The Youth Counsellor is responsible for carrying out the following:

  • Work under the direction and supervision of the Regional Manager and Clinical Lead to provide office and school-based interventions and outreach youth-friendly mental health services.
  • Deliver focused, evidence-based brief interventions, including group interventions, psychoeducation, single session therapies, skills training, with young people and their families.
  • Have a flexible approach to working with young people, and their families.
  • Develop and implement case formulations and care plans in collaboration with young people, their families and other services where involved.
  • Maintain accurate and timely case notes and records in approved software system.
  • Participate in regular clinical case review meetings and multi-disciplinary team meetings to ensure appropriate clinical service pathway and service delivery.
  • Liaise with relevant referrers and other services to promote a consistent and coordinated service delivery response for young people and their families.
  • Collect and enter data into the HAPI system and other data collection tools, completed weekly.


About You

To be considered for this position, applicants will have: 

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline; Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nursing or equivalent.
  • Registration or membership with an appropriate professional body – e.g., AHPRA, AASW.
  • Eligible for MBS billing, or willingness to pursue MBS eligibility during course of employment (desirable) for mental health interventions.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to undertake screening and assessment to determine young person’s needs, level of risk and to refer to other services as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum 3 years) in delivering mental health interventions with young people.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to problem solve and work creatively with young people.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, government policies and strategic directions in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drug disorders, particularly as it relates to young people.
  • Commitment to supporting clinical research and evaluation within the service.
  • Competence regarding information technology, software packages and willingness to be trained and implement the headspace Albany data collection tool.
  • Ability to work a late evening per week until 8.00pm (Tuesday or Wednesday).
  • ‘C’ class Drivers Licence and access to a reliable vehicle.

To successfully become part of our team, it is just as important to align with our values as it is to meet our selection criteria. Our values are part of who we are and are demonstrated in the way we work every day. 


What we offer

  • An opportunity to be part of a person-centred, flexible, family friendly organisation
  • An inclusive and welcoming environment for all
  • Competitive salary offerings with the ability to salary sacrifice
  • Access to professional development opportunities
  • Additional annual leave, and other leave offerings, including COVID leave
  • Generous paid parental and partner leave



If you are interested in this opportunity, please prepare a 1-2 page Cover Letter addressing the abovementioned selection criteria in the ‘About You’ section. Please submit this with your current CV by clicking on the ‘apply’ button.


Closing date for applications: 9.00am, Monday 5 December 2022


Please note:

  • Appointment to the role is subject to the successful candidate providing a satisfactory National Police Check certificate and Working with Children Check card
  • Shortlisting will commence immediately, and the role may close earlier than the date mentioned above if we find a suitable candidate
  • Due to the high volume of applications received for our advertised positions, only those applicants who are short-listed will be contacted. To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering Youth Focus as a potential employer
  • For further information or a confidential discussion about the position please contact Human Resources on 08 6266 4333



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