headspace is Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Our mission is to deliver improvements in the mental health, social wellbeing and economic participation of young people aged 12 to 25 years.
We are searching for two (2) Intake and Assessment Officers for our new centre, headspace Strathpine opening later this year. As one of the first contact points for young people accessing the headspace centre, our Intake and Assessment Officers need to build a positive rapport with a wide range of young people, as well as their family and friends.
Reporting to the Clinical Lead, you will work with a group of committed clinical and operational staff to develop and promote the reputation of headspace Strathpine within the local and wider community.
- effectively engage, screen, assess, refer, provide brief interventions, and coordinate care for young people aged 12-25 years that contact, or are referred to, the headspace centre.
- work closely with local community and partner youth and health services to provide holistic and integrated care.
- participate in regular clinical supervision and will be required to present and discuss cases with the clinical care team.
- work as part of a multidisciplinary team, including general practitioners, allied health clinicians, community engagement workers, and support staff.
You will need to be skilled in assessing a young person’s needs, including complex risk assessments and the ability to action a plan to mitigate any identified risk. We are seeking welcoming, professional, and committed individuals, with the following attributes:
- Tertiary level qualifications in health, behavioural/social sciences, community services, or a related discipline that provides a sound understanding and knowledge of assessing and working with young people at risk.
- Knowledge and understanding of mental health, including related evidence-based interventions and clinical practice.
- ability and experience to
- undertake intake and screening activities, including comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment to determine client needs, and to assist clients to access appropriate services.
- conduct risk assessments, including suicide and violence risks, and to develop action plans that mitigate these risks.
- deliver brief therapeutic interventions, counselling services and treatment planning.
- Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment, coordinating client care.
- Experience in the youth and/or mental health sector and a broad understanding of the challenges and experiences of young people in Australia, including specific community factors.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to work with a diverse range of people, in particular the ability to engage with young people and advocate on their behalf.
- Highly developed verbal and written communication skills.
- Excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing work tasks and deliver to agreed deadlines.
- Computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets and database applications.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as a productive team member.
- Hold or be able to attain a working with children Blue Card.
The following would be desirable:
- Current full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) or current full membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
- Knowledge and ability to develop and deliver group-based skills training activities to assist clients’ psychosocial functioning (e.g. life skills, anger management, problem solving, conflict resolution, etc.).
- Work in centre fitted with ‘intelligent’ ICT
- Be part of the opening team for headspace Strathpine
- Joining a positive, inclusive, values-focussed team culture.
- Opportunities to further your professional development.
- Building your professional network throughout headspace and other organisations.
- Salary packaging.
- Access to an Employee Assistance Program.
Be part of an exciting time of growth and opportunity in an organisation that you can be proud of being a part of.