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Reconnect Youth and Family Worker

Branch: ACT and Young/Central West

Working from a therapeutic and case management framework

Full Time and/or Part time positions available in ACT and Young/Central West

Competitive salary and benefits

Are you looking to create positive change in the lives of young people and work for a program that allows you to have a flexible lifestyle? CatholicCare’s Reconnect Youth and Family Worker role might just be for you. Reconnect is a community based early intervention program for young people aged 12 to 18 years who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their families. Reconnect provides outreach support to young people to help improve their mental health, stabilise their living situation, achieve family reconciliation where possible and improve their level of engagement with education, work and their local community.

The Role

Through outreach, the Reconnect Youth and Family Workers provide therapeutic counselling, offer case management, mediation, group programs and practical support to the whole family to break the cycle of homelessness. With a focus on family reconciliation, the program has the ability to work with both the young person and their parent’s/care giver and siblings concurrently, with individual workers where appropriate, to support ongoing positive family relationships. Practice is underpinned by a strengths-based and family focused approach. If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives - we want to hear from you!!!

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 working within a supportive and person centred workplace culture, 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.

The Ideal person – selection criteria;

The ideal candidates we are looking for have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Psychology or Social Work or Counselling
  • Membership with AHPRA or AASW or PACFA or ACA
  • Demonstrated experience in providing case management and appropriate therapeutic supports and building relationships to support young people and their parents in centre based and outreach settings
  • Knowledge and understanding of the issues relevant to eh provision of therapeutic supports to young people and their families with a view to responding to the risk of youth homelessness, disengagement from education, alcohol misuse, other drugs or cultural disconnection
  • Ability to communicate and engage with clients therapeutically and to assist clients with a broad range of intellectual abilities, motivational levels, and health profiles, and from a range of socio-economic background
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively build relationships with key stakeholders and enhance community capacity
  • Hold a current drivers’ license, a current Working with Vulnerable People card (for ACT role) or a Working with Children Check (for NSW role) and be willing to undergo a police check.

To Apply

To apply you must:

  • Attach the completed CatholicCare Application Form
  • Attach an updated resume
  • Address each selection criteria in a covering letter (no more than 2 pages).

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

Please download the selection criteria:Reconnect Youth and Family Worker Position Description

Please send your applications to:

Closing Date: COB 17/11/2021

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.