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Youth Practitioner - Youth Residential Services – Full Time / Permanent

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.

We create hopeful and safe spaces for change with opportunities to reflect; learn and connect so that people can move towards a brighter future.

The successful applicant for this Youth Practitioner role will be working with 13 to 17 year olds who present with a wide variety of physical, mental, emotional and social issues. You will identify obstacles preventing our young people from reaching their potential, develop treatment plans and collaboratively guide young people to holistic wellness using a modified Therapeutic Community Model.

The role involves therapeutically working alongside young people in every aspect of their day to day life. This includes group work, organising structured activities, one to one counselling and actively ensuring adherence to the planned schedules.

Please note that Youth Practitioner roles at the Youth Residential service involve rostered shift work including evenings and these positions require people to work some weekend shifts.

People nearing the end of completing a relevant qualification will be considered for these positions.

Ideally applicants will have:

· A degree in Alcohol and Drug counselling, Social Work, Youth Work, or other social service field

· The ability to work rostered shifts

· 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

· A full, clean NZ driver licence

The ability to lead by example, think on one’s feet, be reliable, be inventive and patient are all personal qualities that the successful applicant will possess.

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. Please also note that Police and Ministry of Social Development clearance checks will be required for this role.

All applicants should include a CV, cover letter and complete the online registration and application forms. For all enquiries please contact Urszula Mochocka on 09 6384957 ext. 727.

Closing date: Friday, 25 June 2021