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AOD Youth Clinician - Fresh Start Focus (WDHB11735)

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

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Auckland are looking for a full time AOD clinician to work in our Altered High Regional Youth Service based in Kingsland

About us

CADS are the largest Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) service in New Zealand working with over 15000 people each year. CADS provide free community and inpatient AOD treatment from a number of locations across Auckland. CADS are committed to empowering the community to discover healthier use of substances (harm minimisation) and to promote recovery and wellbeing.

About the team

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.

About you

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

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.

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 proven 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).
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of and working with Oranga Tamariki
  • Proven skills in clinical assessment, treatment planning and goal setting.
  • Ability to develop and implement treatment plans in line with client goals.
  • 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.


  • Working for a regional service in the country’s largest DHB provides more opportunity for professional development and career progression
  • 10 days sick leave and 4 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary and paid professional registration as per DHB collective agreement
  • Regular supervision and training

Our Values

At Waitematā DHB we are driven by our values “everyone matters,” “with compassion,” “connected” and “better, best, brilliant.” We are committed to living up to these values to give you the right balance of autonomy, support, development, encouragement and aroha.

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

If you are committed to supporting youth in their recovery and have the above skills and experience and wish to apply for the role please do so by visiting our careers website at quoting reference number WDHB11735 or by clicking the Apply Now button on this page.

For more information about the position please contact Anne Crawford Clinical Team Leader on 09 845 1889 and for more information on our recruitment process, please contact Glenn Bratton, Recruitment Consultant on 09 442 7251.

Position number: WDHB11735