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Mental Health Outreach Worker

Branch: Canberra

CatholicCare is looking for an experienced Mental Health Outreach Worker to join our Youth & Wellbeing Program until June 2022.

The Role

The Youth and Well Being Program is an outreach mental health therapeutic service for young people in the ACT aged between 10-25 years who have a mental illness. The aim of this program is to build resilience and coping strategies in dealing with mental health issues and assist them to secure and sustain long term tenure through early intervention, collaborative engagement, service coordination, information/education, referral and advocacy. The service operates across the whole of the ACT. The Mental Health Outreach Worker provides support to young people experiencing mental distress using a case management, therapeutic intervention framework and recovery oriented practice. This is an outreach position which requires effective time management and administration skills.  You will be required to work with minimal supervision as an outreach worker, as well as working effectively within a small team.

What we offer

Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers; helping people in the wider community in a diverse range of program areas. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option, free parking, and professional development in a family friendly environment.

About us

CatholicCare is the social services arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Our mission is to provide quality services to people by promoting healthy, inclusive communities through relationships, partnerships and collaboration while adhering to our values of Solidarity, Stewardship, Respect and Excellence.

Selection Criteria:

The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • Relevant Mental Health qualifications and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in the welfare sector working with vulnerable and at risk clients
  • Demonstrated understanding of the client group and their needs
  • Ability to liaise and advocate with various stakeholders
  • Highly developed problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for sound work organisation and effective use of time
  • High standard of written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated awareness of the relevant principles and practices such as EEO, OH&S, Confidentiality and Duty of Care.

To apply you must provide:

  • The completed CatholicCare Employment Application Form
  • An updated resume
  • Responses to the selection criteria in a covering letter (no more than 2 pages).
To be considered for this role you will be also required to:
  • Hold a valid Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Willingness to undergo a National Police Check
  • Hold a current drivers licence

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.

  Please download the selection criteria:Youth Wellbeing Position Description

Please send your applications to: Leanne Luff Administration Officer. Email: Phone: 6163 7600

Closing Date: COB 29/10/2021

*Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CatholicCare Canberra and Goulburn is committed to equal opportunity in employment, and encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with a disability and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.