Woden Community Service’s (WCS), Mental Health Services is currently entering an exciting new phase of expansion. A number of positions are being made available in mental health outreach, suicide prevention, the Commonwealth Psychosocial Support program and in the Hoarding Advocacy Support Service.

Right now, we have a fulltime opportunity for a qualified and committed mental health Outreach Recovery Worker for the Outreach Phase of the Southside Community Step-Up, Step-Down and the Transition to Recovery (TRec) programs.

In this dynamic role, the SUSD Outreach Recovery Worker will work in WCS’s Step-Up, Step-Down Outreach programs (TRec/SC-SUSD). The Outreach Recovery Worker will provide person-centred, recovery-focused outreach support to participants of these programs.

To apply – please email the following to careers@wcs.org.au (and copy in Paul.Russell@wcs.org.au) by COB Friday 12th August 2022.

  1.   1-2 page cover letter addressing the essential selection criteria in the position description
    2.   Current resume

Applicants who do not address the essential selection criteria may not be considered. 

Click here for a full position description.

Our Offer

  • Work in a highly skilled, supportive and dedicated team with a respected mental health service provider and Employer of Choice, Woden Community Service
  • Professional development, training and clinical supervision provided
  • Paid shutdown leave on standard working days between Christmas and New Year
  • Study leave opportunities
  • National EAP Service
  • Full time 38 hours per week with some after-hours work (with penalty rates applying);
  • Location: 1 Bowes Place, Phillip ACT 2606
  • Salary $77,840 p.a plus 10.5 % Superannuation
  • Salary packaging option up to $15,900 on everyday purchases and entertainment benefits capped at $2,650 per year.

About our SUSD programs

Our SUSD outreach programs provides intensive outreach support to people experiencing a mental health crisis, as an alternative to hospital admission, or as a warm transition from hospital back into community living.

WCS has provided the TRec program for over ten years and is also partnered with Stride to deliver the outreach phase of the Southside Community Step-Up, Step-Down program.

The Outreach Recovery Worker will provide person-centred, recovery-focused outreach support to participants coming out of the residential phase of the Southside Community Step-Up, Step-Down program or participants in the TRec program; assisting them back into community life and linking them to primary health and mainstream services to sustain their recovery.

 About you

 You will have a strong understanding of strength-based and recovery approaches, personal integrity and a passion for social justice.  You will also have an ability to manage a complex caseload, supporting people with mental illness and associated functional issues to live a fulfilling and contributing life in their community.

Qualifications in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work or Community nursing, and experience in therapeutic models such as motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy and solution-focused therapy, will be highly regarded.

We encourage people with a lived experience of mental illness and recovery to apply for this role. 

Qualifications & Experience (Essential Selection Criteria)

  • Relevant tertiary Qualifications in Psychology, community nursing / education, Counselling or Social Work will be preferred. The minimum qualification for the role is a Certificate IV in Mental Health or equivalent.
  • Extensive skills, knowledge and experience in providing direct and personalised assistance through outreach services, providing referrals, monitoring and reporting progress.
  • An understanding and demonstrated awareness of strength-based, solution focused and recovery approaches. An understanding of social justice principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to build supportive and respectful relationships with people experiencing mental illness and mental distress including family members and carers.
  • Effective communication skills, including the ability to develop strong relationships and trust with people experiencing mental illness, their families and carers.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a team and a willingness to participate in reflective practice.
  • Thorough understanding of the importance of personal and professional boundaries, ethical behaviour, policies and procedures.
  • Current Working with Vulnerable People card, First Aid Certificate and driver’s licence.

For further information you can contact Paul Russell, Manager, WCS Mental Health Services, on 0438 253 896 or email Paul.Russell@wcs.org.au (and copy into your email when you apply).

To be eligible for employment, you must be fully COVID- 19 vaccinated, have working rights in Australia, current ACT Working with Vulnerable People registration and a National Police Check.

WCS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all abilities and life experiences including people with lived-experience of mental illness and recovery.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to apply.