There is a great career opportunity at First Step as Primary Therapist in our ResetLife program

Primary Therapist - Intensive Outpatient Program

About us: 

First Step is an addiction & mental health outpatient clinic that has been operating in the City of Port Phillip for just on 20 years. Our whole-of-person treatment philosophy seeks to support clients in as many areas of their lives as possible including their physical, mental and social wellbeing.  We strive to be highly accessible, providing services free of charge and without referral for our cohort, many of whom have highly complex histories that may include out of home care, early school leaving, abuse and neglect.

The First Step family of practitioners extends to GPs, hepatitis C specialists, mental health nurses, drug and alcohol workers, psychologists, care coordinators, caseworkers, educators and psychiatrists.  Uniquely, we also boast a fully integrated pro-bono legal clinic for clients engaged in treatment at First Step.

First Step is committed to the philosophy of harm minimisation and is excited to include a treatment modality that caters to those ready to extend their treatment goals.

At First Step we believe that everybody deserves every chance to turn their lives around.

The Opportunity:

First Step is looking for an exceptional individual to join our ResetLife team in the delivery of an intensive outpatient program.

Reset Life Program is service for clients ready to take the next step in their addiction recovery.   This is an intensively supported program (based on the 'Matrix' program) has achieved high levels of success the USA.

This program offers an opportunity to add an extra treatment modality to your portfolio.   The right person will have an attitude of unconditional positive regard for both co-workers and clients, an open mind and a willingness to ‘go the extra mile.’  You will be excited to develop new skills and inspired by the opportunity to deliver new treatment option to clients.  Most importantly you will thrive on working in a highly collaborative setting.

This is a rare opportunity to work alongside and learn from the highly experienced addiction medicine practitioners of First Step that includes: doctors, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, caseworkers and lawyers among others. 

For more information on the program click here. For the full Position Description click the link below: 

**Applications that do not address the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered (see below). 

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Outline your qualifications and experience in Drug and Alcohol treatment (refer Position Description)
  2. Outline your qualifications and experience of psychological therapies and the physiology of addiction(refer Position Description)
  3. Compare and contrast your values with those of First Step (as you understand them to be)
  4. Articulate your ability to collaborate within a multidisciplinary team.   Describe your ability to move between different treatment modalities (addiction medicine).
  5. Describe your willingness and ability to adhere to a prescribed treatment program while treating all individuals with dignity and compassion.
  6. Outline your recent or ongoing professional development goals


This role is offered on a full time contract basis EFT 1.0 (approx 6 months) with possibility of a further contract pending ongoing funding.

Competitive Salary Sacrifice options apply


Applications should be emailed as follows:


REF:         RSL/Primary Therapist - FSwebsite

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, religions, sexualities, ethnicities or any other factor.