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Locum Counsellor



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 programme that is based on the 12 Step recovery principles.

About the Role

We are currently seeking a casual Locum Counsellor who has the ability to work with individuals who want to overcome severe dependency to alcohol and other drugs. You will be working closely with the Clinical Team to assist and improve the individual’s social and psychological well-being and to maintain abstinence from alcohol and other drugs.

What we are looking for

  • Passionate about working in this field,
  • Positive attitude,
  • Flexible and is able to work as part of a team
  • Understand the 12 step facilitation and evidential based therapies.
  • Critical to this role is your ability to understand the range of clients and their individual needs.
  • You will be confident in demonstrating a wide range of approaches that facilitate all of our client’s individual needs while in rehabilitation.
  • Basic computer applications for the execution of daily case notes and projects is a must.

Previous experience working with clients who have severe addiction issues is preferred and experience facilitating groups and family group counselling is also preferred.


  • Competitive hourly rate rewarded
  • Excellent team support
  • Great working environment
  • Internal supervision

What you will need:

  • A Level 7 qualification in a relevant discipline e.g. Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Studies, Psychotherapy, Psychology, Counselling, Social work OR is in their final year of studies in a relevant discipline (as mentioned).
  • A current practising certificate with a professional body e.g. DAPAANZ or other HPCA registration body, however we are willing to take on the right person who is in their final year of studies and looking to become a registered practitioner.

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

Be part of a treatment programme that works and be given an opportunity to work with a highly respected organisation that makes a difference!

This is a unique and rewarding role that offers an exciting challenge. If you have an interest working in this line of work and have appropriate knowledge, experience and training, please send your cover letter and resume to Carlene Clarke, HR Administrator, at