Published August 4, 2022
Last Modified August 4, 2022
Uniting VicTas
349 Bell Street, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
August 17, 2022

Job Description

  • Leading Community Services Organisation
  • Salary packaging and competitive sector remuneration
  • Full Time, Maximum Term Parental Leave Contract (until October 2023)

About the opportunity

The AOD Counsellor provides support to reduce AOD related harms to individuals and their families by conducting assessments and providing a range of counselling interventions to assist clients and their family members to change harmful behaviours and increase their capacity to effectively manage the problems they are experiencing associated with AOD use and promote recovery.

About you

We are looking for a skilled Counsellor who is enthusiastic, energetic and confident and works well in a team environment. To be successful in the role you will have tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, nursing or other relevant allied health discipline.  It is expected that the applicant will have Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work or required competencies in AOD, qualifications in dual diagnosis or willingness to undertake, as well as demonstrated experience working with AOD or dual diagnosis clients.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, apply today by submitting the following

  • Cover Letter (1 page outlining your suitability by addressing the key/core selection criteria according to the position description)
  • Current Resume (no more than 3 pages)

Applications close on Wednesday 17 August 2022

Get in touch

For more information about the role, please contact Keryn Ralph – Manager, Catchment Clinical Services on 0447 200 374

About Uniting

At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

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Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. It is a condition of employment that all eligible workforce receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Relevant health and or welfare Tertiary Qualification such as Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or Allied Health Sciences.
  • Certificate IV in AOD or have completed the core competencies (or able to complete within the first 24 months of employment.
  • Competencies in dual diagnosis (or able to complete within the first 24 months of employment).
  • Experience in the provision of assessment and counselling services preferably with AOD or dual diagnosis clients.
  • Experience in therapeutic approaches such as: Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills Training, Family Inclusive Practice, self-help groups, Community Reinforcement Approaches.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide safe environments for children and young people and protect them from abuse and neglect.
  • Values alignment: ability to demonstrate and authentically promote Uniting’s values (this is mandatory in all Uniting position descriptions).
  • Proven ability to effectively work with people and families experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use in a respectful, compassionate and positive manner.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community-based interventions for reducing alcohol and drug related harm.
  • Proven ability to work with a range of people and organizations (including specific work groups such as Aboriginal, CALD and Forensic clients).
  • A demonstrated commitment to teamwork and the ability to take appropriate individual and team responsibility for the welfare of clients.
  • Ability to convey warmth, openness, empathy and concern for the welfare of clients.
  • Collaborate effectively with clients, families, colleagues, stakeholders and other service providers.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide safe environments for children and young people and protect them from abuse and neglect
  • Current Australian drivers’ licence