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Counselling Services Manager

Central Coast, NSW

Permanent Full Time

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Executive and Management

Purpose of Position

The Counselling Services Manager position exists to provide professional clinical leadership to support the delivery of outpatient community drug and alcohol counselling services.   This position involves the operational management of the CCLHD D&A Counselling Portfolio – a multi-disciplinary service that covers teams working at Gosford, Wyong, Kanwal, Lakehaven, Long Jetty, Erina, Woy Woy sites.   The D&A Counselling Portfolio includes Counselling services, Cannabis Clinic, MERIT and Prevention.  Teams provide assessment, early intervention, ongoing treatment and prevention and education.     The Counselling Services Manager is responsible for ensuring the provision of strategic, operational, planning and governance requirements to enable safe, effective, valid and appropriate psychological and counselling interventions are delivered to health consumers by CCLHD Drug and Alcohol Services.  Services are provided in partnership with HIV and Related Programs (HARP), Mental Health Service, Aboriginal Health Services, Multicultural Health Services, Corrective Services, Juvenile Justice, non-government organisations and generalist services.   The position is based at Gosford but will provide clinical consultation and support for D&A clinicians based across the LHD.

Selection Criteria

Relevant tertiary qualifications: Snr Psychologist: a 4 year degree in psychology, being a 3 year degree with a 4th year honours in psychology; or who has qualifications deemed equivalent by the employer and has full registration with the AHPRA, or Clinical Psychologist: is a fully registered psychologist with a Masters degree or higher in Clinical Psychology,or some other recognised clinical area in psychology that the employer deems relevant to this position.The postgraduate qualifications must be of no less than two years full time duration(or part-time equivalent)and include professional clinical coursework, training and supervised placement experience as core components,or Social Worker: Degree in Social Work from an accredited course providing eligibility for membership of Australian Association of Social Workers and a commitment to maintaining a professional skill and knowledge base. Demonstrated understanding of the current AASW Practice Standards as they relate to position.

High level of professional competency including experience and demonstrated ability to deliver a broad range of psycho-social treatment interventions at an advanced level for substance use disorders.

Demonstrated skills in team leadership with demonstrated ability to liaise and work collaboratively and consultatively within a multi-professional team and manage human resource issues including staff recruitment, leave management and conflict resolution and provide supervision.

Demonstrated ability to work unsupervised to prioritise work in order to manage competing priorities and meet strict deadlines and to respond to challenging situations.

Demonstrated ability to apply significant professional knowledge and judgement when performing a wide range of complex or critical tasks.

Proven high level oral and written communication skills, well developed interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and manage internal and external working relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

Demonstrated commitment to Caring for the Coast vision, goals and strategies, with demonstrated behaviours which align with the NSW Health CORE values and CCLHD values and behaviours charter.