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Youth Psychosocial Recovery Worker

Organisation : The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

Location : VIC Regional (Bendigo)

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Profession : Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

About the role

Is this you?

  • Looking for a meaningful role at a not-for-profit?
  • Passionate about supporting young people in the community?
  • Seeking a full or part time position in regional Vic?

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 telehe alth, 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.

Please note, as ACSO is an NDIS provider, the successful candidate must hold an NDIS Worker Screening Check Clearance and Working with Children Check before they commence employment in this position.

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.


What ACSO can offer you

    • Full-time and part-time (0.5 FTE) fixed term positions available until 30 June 2022. Bendigo location!
  • $64,500 full-time base salary + 9.5 % superannuation + NFP salary packaging options (more after tax $ in your pocket!)
  • Paid parental leave
  • 17.5% annual leave loading
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Wellbeing initiatives such as free flu vaccines, Employee Assistance Program and Reward and Recognition Program
  • Flexible working arrangements


About the organisation

Organisation Name : The Australian Community Support Organisation (ACSO)

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 thr ough leadership, practice and policy design, to honour and embrace diverse traditions, cultures and experiences of those we support and work alongside.

How to apply

ACSO embraces diversity within its workforce and as such encourages applications from appropriately qualified and skilled people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island heritage. ACSO acknowledges the traditional Aboriginal owners of country throughout Victoria and pays respect to them, their culture and their Elders, past, present and future.

Please contact Catherine Nolan, Program Manager, Residential Services, on 0408 647 521 to learn more about this position.


Please quote in application: Youth Psychosocial Recovery Worker via Pro Bono Australia.


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