Whole Family Team Clinician – Drug and Alcohol

Central Coast, NSW

Temporary Full Time (up to 01/07/2018)


Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist

Purpose of Position

Whole Family Team provides a clinical service for families with parental Mental health and/or substance use issues whose children have been identified at Risk of Significant Harm. The primary role of the Whole Family Team Clinician- Drug and Alcohol  is to work as part of a team that provides case management, family interventions, parenting interventions and skills programs as well as group programs (therapeutic & diversional) within the context of an assertive outreach model of client care. The position holder will also provide substance use specific assessments, clinical treatments, referral and education to family members in accordance with relevant guidelines and current literature, including the NSW Drug and Alcohol Psychosocial Interventions Professional Practice Guidelines and relevant practices of the Central Coast Drug and Alcohol Service. The position holder will possess specialist knowledge regarding substance use specific assessments, clinical treatments, referral and psycho-educational interventions as they relate to families where children are at risk of significant harm.  Governance of the WFT program is via the Child Wellbeing and Protection Steering Committee with membership from Drug and Alcohol, Mental Health, Child Protection and chaired by the Director Central Coast Kids and Families. This position is graded as:  Level 3 – Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Welfare Officer, Counsellor (NSW Health Professionals (State) Award) Clinical Nurse Specialist Level 2 (Public Health Nurses and Midwives (State) Award) Senior Psychologist or Clinical Psychologist (Health and Community Employees Psychologist (State) Award)

Selection Criteria

Tertiary qualifications, relevant professional registration with AHPRA or AASW membership and relevant clinical experience in a drug and alcohol treatment setting and working with families a) Occupational Therapy- minimum Bachelor Degree or b) Social Work- minimum Bachelor Degree and eligibility for membership of AASW or c) Nursing - minimum Bachelor Degree and Div 1 registration and relevant post graduate qualifications or d) Psychologist or Senior Psychologist - a four year degree in psychology, 3 years with 4th year honours or qualifications deemed equivalent by the employer.

Demonstrated professional competency including demonstrated skill to deliver a broad range of psycho-social treatment interventions with substance using clients for a minimum of 3 years.

Effective written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and problem solving skills including significant knowledge and demonstrated experience of medico- legal systems, processes and documentation.

A thorough understanding of working with the dynamics of intra-familial child abuse and neglect and the contemporary principles of family focussed integrated treatment including safety planning and risk assessment.

Excellent skills in collaborative team working practices, building and sustaining partnerships with government and/or non-government organisation.

Demonstrable experience in research, guidelines and clinical practice issues relating to treatments for drug and alcohol issues and disorders including harm minimisation and relapse prevention.

Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a multidisciplinary team including the ability to work autonomously.

Demonstrated commitment to Caring for the Coast vision, goals and strategies, with demonstrated behaviours which align with the NSW Health CORE values and CCLHD Values and behaviours charter.