Youth Psychosocial Recovery Worker ACSO


Is this you?

  • Are you skilled in trauma-informed approaches and diverse engagement methods to support youth recovery?
  • Do you thrive on collaborative care, working closely with client care teams to ensure comprehensive support for young people’s complex needs?
  • Seeking a rewarding role within a supportive organisation that values your growth and wellbeing?

At ACSO, we look for people who believe in second chances, who share our values and are passionate about supporting forensic clients to re integrate back into the community. If this sounds like you, read on!

What ACSO can offer you

  • Full time, permanent position available. Bendigo location!
  • $82,063.28 base salary + 11% superannuation + NFP salary packaging options (more after tax $ in your pocket!)
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5%
  • Phone, laptop, and provisions to help set you up at home
  • Learning and development opportunities, including access to ACSO’s leadership development program and a dedicated leadership coach
  • Wellbeing initiatives such as free flu vaccines, wellbeing and professional development vouchers, Employee Assistance Program and Reward and Recognition Program. Our employees matter!
  • Flexible working arrangements, in line with operational requirements
  • Dedicated inclusion and diversity initiatives to support employees from all backgrounds and dispositions, including specialised leave for cultural ceremonies or gender affirmation.

About Us

The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO) is a vibrant, values driven NFP, focused on partnering with Government and the community to co-design services that create real social change. We are an organisation with a bold vision to create a safe and inclusive community where prison truly is the last resort. Our purpose is to strengthen the wellbeing of our communities by advocating for and delivering services which divert people away from the justice system.

The Australian Community Support Organisation recognises the right to a safe and inclusive service without bias. ACSO is committed to the equitable treatment of its participants, employees and partners. We believe in humanity and celebrating the diverse voices of our community through leadership, practice and policy design, to honour and embrace diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of those we support and work alongside.

About the role and program

The Youth Outreach Recovery Service (YORS) supports young people (16-25 years) who are experiencing mental health symptoms and other complex needs across Loddon Mallee who require psychosocial outreach support pre- and post- entry to a Youth Residential Rehabilitation (YRR) service, or as an alternative to a YRR placement.

The Youth Psychosocial Recovery Worker will work closely alongside client care teams (including, Mental Health services, Youth services, Primary Health services) where these are in place to support a collaborative approach to recovery. In the absence of existing care teams, the Youth Outreach Recovery Service Worker will facilitate appropriate referrals to address the young persons’ needs.

The role requires the ability to assertively engage young people through a trauma-informed, recovery-based approach. While services are delivered predominantly by outreach and telehealth, other methods of engagement will be employed as preferred by the young person. In addition to providing outreach to a caseload of young people, the Youth Psychosocial Recovery Worker may deliver Bridging, Brief Interventions, and group interventions to those awaiting allocation to the service.

What we’re looking for

  • Minimum Diploma level qualification in a health or behaviour related field (e.g. Community Services, Mental Health, Youth, etc.) and a minimum of 1-year experience in the provision of recovery-oriented supports; or the equivalent experience and qualifications.
  • Demonstrated work experience in the provision of age and developmentally appropriate recovery-oriented supports.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with families, care teams and other support networks.
  • Experience in the identification and management of client risk.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to negotiate, liaise and consult with young people and a wide range of staff in both government and non-government organisations.
  • The ability to work autonomously and as part of a team in a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Dual disability and dual diagnosis competence are desirable
  • Demonstrated capacity to work flexibly, possessing the ability to manage competing demands, and able to effectively set boundaries and limits where required
  • Ability to act appropriately in a crisis and seek support from line management in line with organisational policies and procedures.

How to apply

If you think you’d be a great fit – we’d love to hear from you!

To apply and view the position description (PD), please visit our careers website and provide a copy of your resume, a brief covering letter and a document outlining responses to the selection criteria found in the PD.

As ACSO is an NDIS provider, the successful candidate must hold an NDIS Worker Screening Check Clearance before they commence employment in this position.

To learn more about this position, please contact Sarah Skate – Team Leader, on 0499 202 679.

Applications close Monday 11 September 2023

Applications may close early if a suitable candidate is found sooner, so we recommend applying early!

ACSO proudly acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as Australia’s first peoples and pay respect to their rich culture, lores, customs and elders past and present. We strongly embrace the spirit of reconciliation and continue working towards ensuring an equal voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, particularly those who have been touched by the justice system.

ACSO recognises the right to a safe and inclusive service without bias and aims to provide a safe working environment, one which seeks to protect those affected by domestic and family violence and holds those who may use domestic and family violence to account, whilst supporting positive behaviour change.

ACSO embraces diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people regardless of their background. All suitable applicants for this role will be considered regardless of age, ability, race, gender expression, sex, cultural background, spiritual beliefs or lived experience.