Youth Counsellor

$95,883 - $101,033 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • 09 Apr, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Closes: 26 April 2021
Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 20236 - 01V9O
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 09 April 2021
Contact Officer: Kate Soulsby on or (02) 5124 1590

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provide a range of health services from prevention and treatment through to recovery and maintenance at a number of locations and in varied environments for people suffering from mental health issues.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home.  These services include:
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services, and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
Overview of the Work Area and Position
The Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) is a part of the division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), which is contemporary, evidence, based service providing high quality alcohol and other drug services that are guided by the principles of harm minimisation.  The ADS provide a range of specialist services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use incorporating six areas including:
  • Opioid Treatment Services.
  • Medical Services.
  • Consultation and Liaison Service.
  • 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service.
  • Police and Court Drug Diversion Service.
  • Counselling and Treatment Services.
The Counselling and Treatment Service (CTS), is a contemporary, client-centred, stepped, integrated model of treatment using evidence-based service providing high quality care, guided by principles of harm minimisation. Services include the provision of counselling, psychotherapy and a range of psycho educational and therapeutic groups with people who have hazardous or harmful alcohol and other drug use as well as substance abuse and substance disorders.
The Youth Drug and Alcohol Program (YDAP) is a tertiary service within CTS for young people from 12 -25 years with complex alcohol and drug issues, both within a custodial environment, community health centres and outreach settings.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
For Social Work:
  • Degree in Social Work
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.

For Psychology:

  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia under AHPRA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.
  • Highly Desirable: Psychology Board of Australia endorsement or eligibility for endorsement as Principal and/or Secondary supervisor for 4+2 Internship program

Note: This is a full time temporary position for a period of six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Job Closing Date

26 Apr, 2021