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Mental Health Services Assistant

Branch: Canberra

Permanent Part Time/Casual positions available offering flexibility to work weekdays, weekends, evenings, and sleepovers.

Rewarding shift work rates apply.

Opportunity to work in partnership with CAMHS services to support vulnerable young people in the ACT.

Fun, innovative team environment.

The Program – Your Team

CatholicCare and ACT Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) work in partnership to deliver STEPS. The STEPS program provides 24-hour residential support to up to five young people aged 13 to 18 years who have moderate to severe mental illness. The program is a step up/step down model working within a case management framework to assist young people to identify recovery goals and work towards these with their CAMHS clinician and their other supports, including family. The program services young people across the whole of the ACT.

The Role

As a Mental Health Service Assistant, you will:

  • support residents to access community, social, and recreational activities.
  • prompting self-care and personal domestic activities.
  • assist with transport.
  • skills development in a group and individual settings.
  • supporting with development of social skills and improved daily living skills.
You will be working with young people in mental distress. This position requires effective time management and administration skills as well as the ability to work efficiently within a specialist youth mental health team.  Successful applicants must have a strong belief that all people can achieve outcomes, are values driven and contribute to their community.

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.

Ideal person

The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • Minimum qualification requirements are Cert IV in Mental Health or higher.
  • Experience in working with young people with moderate to severe mental illness, preferably in a residential setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of mental illness and recovery principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in responding appropriately in crisis situations.
  • Sound written and verbal communication and IT&C skills.
  • Understanding of work health and safety, privacy legislation, and mandatory reporting.
  • Valid Working with Vulnerable People Card, first aid qualification, and current driver’s license.
You will also be required to undergo a National Police Check.

To be considered for this role you will be also required to hold:

  • a current driver’s licence, and
  • a Working with Vulnerable People Card
  • Attach an updated resume
  • Address each criteria above in a covering letter (no more than 2 pages).
If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives - we want to hear from you!

To Apply

To apply you must:

  • Complete the CatholicCare Employment Application Form

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

Please send your applications to: Neha Kumar – Mental Health Programs Manager Email: Phone: 6163 7600

Closing Date: COB Friday 17th March 2023

CatholicCare has a commitment to child safeguarding and zero tolerance to child abuse.  CatholicCare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.