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Youth Liaison Practitioner

We are now seeking a full-time Youth Liaison Practitioner to work with young people who require treatment for drug and/or alcohol issues.

Youth Odyssey Community Services are delivered according to rangatahi needs and there is fluidity and flexibility between engaging with a young person, conducting assessment, providing therapeutic intervention and supporting them into and out of residential care.

The role splits it’s time across two teams – the Community team and the Residential team, providing a crucial liaison channel to create a seamless clinical pathway for rangatahi across community and residential services. In this role, it is envisioned that you will work Tuesday to Friday primarily within Youth Community and on Saturday you will be based at our Youth Residential service.

Odyssey will provide you:

  • A competitive salary based on our updated remuneration bands
  • 22 days annual leave
  • A safe supportive work environment, which is smoke free
  • Autonomous work environment within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Professional development opportunities

Key skills required:

  • A degree in Alcohol and Drug counselling, Social Work, Youth Work, or other social service field
  • (Ideally with Dapaanz registration or on a pathway towards full registration)
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • The ability to practice within a specific treatment model
  • A passion for working with young people and their families
  • Knowledge of child and adolescent development and of addiction issues
  • Excellent engagement, communication and motivational enhancement skills
  • Experience working with behaviour change
  • Commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi

This role would also be ideal for someone who has experience working in adolescent mental health and addictions and embraces positive youth development.

Youth Odyssey Community services provide alcohol and other drug treatment options that are responsive to the needs of young people, their families/whanau and other stakeholders. Youth Odyssey Community services engage and serve young people and their families/whanau across both community and Youth Odyssey residential care.

More about us:

Odyssey has supported thousands of New Zealanders whose lives are affected by alcohol, drug or other addiction challenges. We wholeheartedly believe that everyone living in New Zealand should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, to feel hopeful about their future and to have meaningful relationships with friends and whānau.

To apply, please send us your CV and a cover letter, and complete the additional information questionnaire online. For all enquiries, please contact Trina Tauvela on 021 578262.

Closing date: 7th April 2022

Please note that this role must be performed by a fully vaccinated worker. Proof of vaccination for COVID-19 is required before the successful candidate can comment employment in the role. Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks are also required.

Odyssey is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke free organisation. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We particularly encourage applications from Māori and Pasifika candidates.