Speak Out Dual Diagnosis
(12 months Fixed Term Contract – Full Time)

  • Work with a dynamic, well-respected NGO with over 45 years experience providing place-based support alongside communities
  • Work as part of a team of caseworkers, counsellors and project workers supporting young people experiencing mental health and AOD challenges
  • Join a diverse and passionate team in a flexible and supportive organisation

About Weave Youth & Community Services:

Weave is a place based non-government organisation that supports children, young people, women, families and communities who have been impacted by systemic disadvantage and intergenerational trauma. With a 45 year track record, Weave has strong connections, experience and trust across the communities it services and the systems in which it operates, including government, families, local community and local NGOs.

Weave delivers services and programs that range in purpose and intensity from student tutoring and mentoring to domestic violence casework and counselling support, a driver licensing program, post-release support for people leaving custody, community based support for young people with coexisting AOD and mental health issues, parenting support, creative events, and leadership and advocacy programs.

Weave has a deep commitment to cultural safety and to providing culturally responsive support for Aboriginal people, who represent around 70% of Weave’s client base.
Our work centres authentic relationships and client-led support that celebrates people’s strengths, self-determined success, and improved life outcomes.

About the role:

The Speak Out program at Weave Youth and Community Services has a strong track record over the past 23-year of delivering specialist holistic, therapeutic supports to young people aged 12 – 28 years old with co-occuring mental health experiences and alcohol or other drug (AOD) use issues.

Speak Out provides a holistic model of care that responds to the issues that young people identify as their priorities. Support for achieving AOD and mental health outcomes is woven into the overall program of support, which can also include assistance with housing, justice system engagement, health, employment, education, and family relationships. The program is multimodal, providing young people with opportunities to access individualised support (casework and counselling), social connectedness and peer learning (group programs), creativity and self-expression (art therapy), leadership development, skill development and growth (projects, Youth Advocacy).

Your role will be to provide intensive wrap around casework, counselling, practical assistance, information and referral, education advice and support services to young people with co-existing mental health and AOD issues.

To be considered for this role you will need:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in Human Services (Social Work, Youth Work, Community Development) or Tertiary Counselling qualifications.
  2. Minimum 2 years experience in either casework or a counselling role, preferably with young people in a community organisation.
  3. Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal young people and communities
  4. Well-developed counselling skills, demonstrated ability to draw upon a range of therapeutic models, preferably including Narrative Therapy.
  5. Demonstrated experience of working within a trauma-informed and strengths based, healing-centred framework.
  6. Experience providing counselling to marginalised young people who are impacted by a range of complex issues, in particular co-existing mental health and AOD issues.
  7. Understanding of the impacts of intergenerational trauma as well as systemic and social issues facing Aboriginal people and communities in the Waterloo/Redfern area and beyond.
  8. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  9. Current NSW Working With Children Check clearance and National Police Check
  10. Must have current Class C drivers licence

Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of service networks in City of Sydney, and Sydney’s Inner West areas.
  • Current First Aid certificate
  • Experience in and/or training in cross-cultural communication

SCHCADS Award Level 4 Paypoint 1-4. depending on qualifications and experience. Weave pays above the SCHCADS Award hourly rate. Weave hourly rate: $40.76 – $43.85. Salary + super + leave loading + generous salary packaging

How to apply:

You will need:

  • A current resume.
  • A document responding to the selection criteria and outlining how you meet each of them. (Criteria are listed above and in the full length job description document available below).

Please send these documents to Patricia Vasquez our HR Manager via email:

Applications close Sunday, 16 January 2021 at midnight

Please Note: Completed applications will be assessed as they are received. Only successful applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Experience in either casework or counselling will be considered. For clarification on the role, email Dylan (Speak Out Program Manager):

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

View the Job Description