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Alcohol & Other Drugs Counsellor - Residential Facility

About Higher Ground

Higher Ground Drug Rehabilitation Trust provides quality abstinence-based treatment within a therapeutic community for clients who are severely dependent on alcohol and other drugs. Our primary focus is an 18-week residential program that is based on the 12 Step recovery principles.

Based in Te Atatu, this great opportunity has opened at up Higher Ground and we are looking for a Residential Counsellor to join our dedicated team of professionals. This is a permanent, full time (40 hours per week) position, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Friday 7.30am -4pm & Wednesday evening 12.30pm – 9.00pm. Some statutory holidays will also be required.

In this role, you will:

  • Establish relationships with clients and help clients toward a deeper understanding of their concerns/issues.
  • Group facilitation
  • Maintain records of treatment
  • Design and implement individual and group treatment plans
  • Support, mentor and supervise Students of Higher Ground

What we are looking for

We are looking for someone who is passionate about working in this industry, who has a positive attitude, and is able to work as part of a team.

  • Confidence in demonstrating a wide range of approaches that facilitate all of our client’s individual needs while in rehabilitation.
  • Skills in engaging clients whilst maintaining professional boundaries
  • High Level of verbal and written communication skills including basic counselling, negotiation and problem solving skills
  • Ability to build and maintain therapeutic relationships
  • Experience facilitating groups and family group counselling
  • Knowledge of Te Tiriti O Waitangi and practical ways to implement it within your work.
  • Commitment to te reo Maori (me ona Tikanga) and a hands on Whanau approach to treatment

Knowledge of the 12 step programme would be beneficial as would previous work experience in an AOD facility.


  • Annual Training Allowance to help develop your skills and improve your professional knowledge
  • External and Internal Supervision

What you will need:

  • Level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Studies, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling, Social work etc.
  • Current practicing certificate with a professional body e.g. DAPAANZ or other HPCA registration,
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in a relevant social work, mental health or alcohol and other drug service setting,

Candidates with a personal history of alcohol and other drug dependence are required to have a minimum of two years continuous abstinence.

Higher Ground is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Please also note that Police clearance checks will be required for this role.

Please send your cover letter and CV by email to Carlene Clarke, HR Manager: