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Two posts: AOD Counsellor (Group worker) & full or part time nurse in a therapuetic community (TC). St Marks, Blenheim.

Job Context and Environment

Due to the nature of the role, the AOD group worker is required to be experienced in AOD work, well organised, good with boundaries, have excellent people skills, and be conscientious. This includes supporting tāngata whai ora coming to St Marks, Board members and colleagues.

A Therapeutic Community (TC) is a place where rational authority works up and down the whole structure of the whānau from the newest residents to the CEO. The clinical staff are accountable to the Team Leader in terms of roles and responsibilities and management supervision, though direct HR responsibilities lie with the CEO.

TC’s are by their very nature dynamic and require someone who is flexible, adaptable and willing to be involved in both provocation and evocation in the community (See De Leon’s ‘The Therapeutic Community’), for the benefit of our tāngata whai ora. Values, attitude and compassion are more important in this role than qualifications. We believe in people and their capacity for change, we challenge, with compassion, we confront, with care, we support with aroha.

St Marks is undergoing an exciting period; We have a new accommodation block, we have just passed our certification audit, we have secure funding for at least the next three years, we have just redesigned our whole wānanga (education programme). As well as wānanga and therapy groups, St Marks offers residents yoga, art therapy, waiata practice, specific gender groups and many other opportunities to grow and learn within a structured therapeutic environment.

Position Summary and Duties

  • You will co facilitate and lead group therapy.
  • You will deliver elements of wānanga such as 'cycle of addiction', 'te whare tapa whā'; don't worry if you don't know all the topics, we will help you get to grips with them.
  • One on one counselling (not the main thrust of the work here).

and of course....any other reasonable in all contracts

Qualifications and experience:

  • You will be DAPAANZ registered, or a member working towards registration.
  • You will hold a level 7 AOD qualification or hold a qualification or HPC registration in a relevant related field such as counselling, nursing etc. at Level 7 or above.
  • You will have worked in the AOD field for a minimum of one year
  • If you have worked in a Therapeutic Community, this would be advantageous

The nurse:

Experience & qualifications:

· Registered nurse

· Having worked in drugs & alcohol a real advantage

· Having worked in a therapeutic community/rehab not essential, though would be good

The role:

· Medication management

· Infection control

· Health advice

· Liaison with external agencies such as our local health providers

Values and attitudes, both posts.

You must be a positive role model. Our team likes to have a laugh, sometimes the ‘banter’ is a little risqué, we work in a challenging environment and it is important we can be light with each other, and hold boundaries, sometimes a thin line.

You will be able to motivate others by positively affirming them where you can and being kind in the areas in which they need to improve. You will care about the residents here, care enough that you are able to confront and challenge behaviours and attitudes without being punitive.

You will respect and embrace cultural responsivity and diversity acknowledging the journey you may have to take to be better informed and an ‘ally’ to under represented people.

You will be passionate about recovery/discovery and the opportunities for tāngata whai ora in their new lives.

Contact Paul (CEO) for a chat


All applicants must be double vaccinated and have a booster to be considered for this post

We offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Financial help with relocation if needed (up to $5k)
  • We will pay for your travel to interview
  • External clinical supervision
  • Internal management supervision
  • Training opportunities internally and externally
  • We will pay for any relevant registrations
  • A fun loving atmosphere
  • Supportive therapeutic environment


Interviews are planned for late June though we may extend deadline for applications and put back interview dates dependent on Covid restrictions and/or application volume. We will keep the job open until we find the right person. We will provide assistance (financial) to attend interview.

Applications by email with CV to

Feel free to give Paul a ring to discuss further 027 292 6004.

Don't be shy, tell us why we should be keen to interview you, spark our interest :-)