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Family Mentor - headspace Functional Recovery Team

  • 501146
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Coordinator
  • Youth and Families - Practice, Quality and Support
  • Full time closed period contract

headspace Early Psychosis program is divided into 3 areas – Functional Recovery Team (FRT), Mobile Assessment Treatment Team (MATT) and Continuing Care Team.

headspace Early Psychosis is an early intervention service for young people aged 12 to 25 years, that runs alongside headspace. The service provides long term case management and therapeutic intervention (up to 5 years) to young people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or shorter term (6 months) to those who are at risk of experiencing psychosis. Psychosis involves the experience of symptoms such as, confused thinking, false beliefs (delusions), hallucinations, changes in mood - such as ongoing depression and changed behaviours, such as irrational anger.

  • Support family & carer of mental health consumers using lived experience
  • Full time in Mount Druitt - with friendly multi-disciplinary team
  • Good rates +Super +Generous salary packaging benefits

Role Overview:

The Family Mentor is responsible for appropriately applying personal lived experiences with mental health recovery to aid consumers families in reaching their recovery goals.  This includes providing education, training, and individual support services, to promote a personally meaningful recovery.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Establish and develop a peer support relationship, with families and/or carers, through using lived experience of having a family member living with mental illness.
  • Ensure families/carers feel supported in all aspects of their life. This may involve supporting them to link in with external services.
  • Provide advocacy support for families and carers to clinical teams.
  • Provide a range of family peer support activities via face-to-face sessions, telephone sessions, groups and community focused events.

Essential Criteria:

  • Working towards, or completion of Certificate IV in Mental Health of Peer work, or equivalent and relevant to the field of work
  • Previous experience in related industry, service, or equivalent level of experience to activities required
  • The incumbent has 'lived experience' having a family member who has a history of mental ill health
  • Comprehensive understanding of the recovery process and ability to appropriately communicate a lived experience
  • Ability to maintain the philosophy, standards and policies of the program model and the organisation and to promote the recovery of young people
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act (2007) and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  • Current NSW Driver’s license

Desirable Criteria:

  • Certificate IV in Peer (Mental Health) work

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

Benefits & culture

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a diverse cultural background are encouraged to apply. 

  • Salary packaging entitlements; company rewards
  • Ongoing training & development, including cultural awareness training
  • Career progression & development opportunities

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Enquiries to Rose Rivera, Talent Acquisition Specialist on rrivera@unting.org .  Reference 501146

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