Peer Support Coordinator

The Peer Support Coordinator will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team. You will work directly with the primary therapist who will act as mentor for your ongoing development.  You will have the opportunity to co-lead program elements like Early Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention groups.  It is our aim that you will have the opportunity to build on your existing skills doing such things as facilitating topics in smaller groups where appropriate.

Key Responsibilities

The Peer Support Coordinator will be part of a team and will be supported to co-lead Early Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention groups. The focus of this role will include:

  • Role modelling recovery attitudes and behaviours
  • Providing a safe, familiar, less-structured group experience in which clients can begin to practice re-socialisation skills
  • Encouraging clients to continue to broaden their support systems of abstinent, and recovering associates
  • Attending briefing meetings with the primary therapist prior to Early Recovery Skills and Relapse Prevention groups
  • Actively engaging with clients to build cohesive relationships
  • Providing treatment that is welcoming, empathic and optimistic and ensure, where possible, the reduction of stigma and shame for people and their families experiencing complex alcohol and other drug use
  • Welcoming and learning from mentoring of primary therapist
  • Providing clients with up-to-date details of Twelve Step and SMART Recovery meetings
  • Using lived experience openly, appropriately and effectively to build therapeutic relationships


Key Selection Criteria

  1. Outline your experience (lived or other) in AOD and/or any training you may have completed or be in the process of completing
  2. Describe any experience you may have working with clients within a group context
  3. Briefly Compare and contrast your values with those of First Step (as you understand them to be)
  4. Describe your willingness and ability to follow a prescribed treatment program while treating all individuals with dignity and compassion
  5. Outline your recent or ongoing professional development goals

Essential Requirements - QUALIFICATIONS:

  • No minimum qualifications required; however, a Cert IV AOD is desired


Skills and Experience

  • Ability to work as a member of an alcohol and other drugs therapeutic treatment team
  • Understanding of recovery principles
  • Commitment to working with clients within a group context
  • Demonstrated ability to separate and contain personal experience as a consumer from that of clients
  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to
    consult, liaise and work collaboratively with colleagues

**Please note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with
Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to
commencement


Terms:

**Initially this role is offered on a part time contract basis EFT 0.6 until end of June 2023
and ongoing is subject to continued federal funding.

Competitive Salary Sacrifice options apply

 

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Outline your lived experience in AOD and/or any training you may have completed or be in the process of completing (refer Position Description)
  2. Describe any experience you may have working with clients within a group context (refer Position description)
  3. Briefly Compare and contrast your values with those of First Step (as you understand them to be)
  4. Describe your willingness and ability to adhere to a prescribed treatment program while treating all individuals with dignity and compassion.
  5. Outline your recent or ongoing professional development goals

NB: Initially this role is offered on a part time contract basis until end June 2023 (EFT 0.6) with the opportunity for an extension pending ongoing funding.

**Competitive salary sacrificing benefits apply

 

Applications should include the following:

  1. Cover letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria
  2. Up to date CV
  3. Details of 2 professional referees

 

Applications should be emailed to:

TO:           [email protected]

REF:         RSL/Support Coordinator

By:           ASAP

Note: First Step is an independent not-for-profit organisation that provides a safe and nurturing work environment for people of all backgrounds, genders, religion, sexualities, ethnicities or any other factor.