Adolescent Counsellor and Case Worker

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Reference No: Paddington

St Francis Social Services

Applications Closing: Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 00:00

Centre 360 Youth and Family Service, a project of St Francis Social Services, is looking for a passionate counselling professional to join our team. To provide flexible casework and/or a range of counselling interventions to young people, to help them reach their goals and improve their wellbeing.

This is a Permanent full time position.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Category: Psychology & Counselling, Social Work
Field: Family, Children and Youth, Mental Health & Counselling
Employment basis: Full-time
Job Location: Sydney CBD, Eastern Suburbs, South East Sydney
About us

About Centre 360 Youth and Family Service

Centre 360 Youth and Family Service (the Centre) is a community-based adolescent counselling and support service operated by St Francis Social Services at Paddington. The service has been operating since 1978 and has provided individual and family counselling, advocacy, practical assistance, group work and mentoring programs to highly disadvantaged young people aged 12-24 years and their families who either reside in or move through the inner city of Sydney.
The team is passionate and committed to delivering high quality therapeutic services. We work flexibly and creatively to enhance young people’s connection to their families and communities, increase their wellbeing, and to help them achieve positive life outcomes such as good physical and mental health, healthy relationship skills, strong support networks, stable housing, employment, education, and training.  

The Centre commonly works in the areas of trauma and loss, adolescent mental health, the emotional difficulties associated with family dysfunction and breakdown, substance abuse, homelessness, and juvenile and young adult offending.

The Centre operates a number of integrated projects: 
•    Adolescent and Family counselling and support: Family counselling, parenting programs and case management with a focus on early intervention. We use a trauma informed and strengths based approach to our work with all our clients. We also draw on several other therapeutic frameworks, depending on the needs of the individual client and skills of the counsellor, including Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic theory, and Family Systemic Therapy.
•    Group Based Programs: a range of therapeutic and psycho-educational groups for adolescents and Triple P for parents. Existing groups are facilitated within a range of external providers, including educational institutions and residential services. 
•    Mentoring Programs:
o    TeamUp: A social and wellbeing mentoring Program for disadvantaged young people aged 15-21
o    Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partnership: Young people are partnered with employees from the HSF law firm for group social and recreational mentoring activities. They also receive a scholarship to put towards their education.
We offer a combination of Counselling with Case Work, enabling our team to assist young people with their internal needs (mental health) at the same time as improving their relationships in their external world (with family, school and community.) We also create a safe, supportive environment or go to places young people feel safe to remove barriers that may prevent young people from attending therapeutic sessions. 

Position details

Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling, family therapy, or other related discipline.

Essential Selection Criteria:

•    Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling, family therapy, or other related discipline.
•    Proven ability to engage with diverse young people and their families.
•    Experience in providing counselling and case management to young people and their families, with a minimum of 2 years experience.   
•    An understanding of the issues faced by at risk and marginalised young people and their families/care-givers, and a demonstrated ability to engage and work effectively with this client group.
•    A capacity to reflect on your own work and actively participate in supervision.
•    Strong organisational and time management skills.
•    Full driver's license.
•    Successful applicants must have or undergo a Working With Children Check and Police check. 

Desirable Selection Criteria:

•    Experience working flexibly with clients and families, including outreach. 
•    Experience working in partnership with other services and organisations.
•    Demonstrated skills in facilitating therapeutic group work.
•    Ability to write assessments and reports.
•    Familiarity with data collection and measurement tools, or experience in program evaluation.

Position Description: Download position description
Contact details
Contact Name: Irene Drivilas
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 0293312691
How to apply

Please provide a CV, with a cover letter of no more than 2 pages responding to the essential selection criteria.

Date posted: 22 November 2018

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