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AOD Youth Clinician - Fresh Start Focus

  • CADS Altered High Regional Youth Service
  • Full-time position available

Are you are a youth and family focused Alcohol and Drug clinician with an interest in working collaboratively like to make a positive difference in the lives of rangatahi?

We are looking for someone from a relevant professional background who has initiative and is highly motivated. Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) is the largest provider of outpatient Alcohol & Drug Services in New Zealand.

The CADS Altered High Youth Service is a vibrant and innovative service for young people from the age of 13 to 20 years who present in relation to alcohol and other drug issues. We are a mobile regional community team, based in Kingsland and a current driver’s licence is essential. We provide a service that strives to maintain and improve quality, standards of clinical practice, community and professional relationships and networks, and supports the growth and development of staff.

We are looking for a full-time Clinician who will have a focus on working with young people who are involved with Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice. This role requires someone with AOD counselling skills and ideally youth experience. Applicants will be able to demonstrate a willingness and commitment to working in partnership with Maori and Pacific Island youth services and with a range of services and sectors such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, Oranga Tamariki Youth Justice, Non-Government Organisations, Education and Department of Corrections Community Probation Services.


  • Relevant three year tertiary qualification and professional registration (or the ability to work towards this).
  • Relevant knowledge of and experience working with youth and their families/whānau.
  • Knowledge of the concepts and implications of the Harm Reduction model, and willingness to work within this framework.
  • Proven skills in clinical assessment, treatment planning and intervention.
  • Experience in counselling and group work.
  • The ability to work both independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective networks.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.
  • Drivers licence for both manual and automatic vehicles.
  • Computer skills.


  • Extensive experience working with youth and their families/whānau.
  • Significant experience and/or training in the alcohol and drug field.
  • Relevant training in family work
  • Relevant postgraduate health or education related tertiary qualification.
  • Knowledge or experience of working alongside Oranga Tamariki

For a copy of the Position Description for this role, please click the following link:

To apply for this role, please do so by visiting our careers website at quoting reference number WDHB14411 or by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.

For more information about the position please contact Anne Crawford, Clinical Team Leader on 021 815 134 and for more information on our recruitment process, please contact Anna Tiaiho, Recruitment Consultant on 09 442 7248.

Closing Date: 24 May 2022

Position Number: WDHB14411