Peer Family Support Worker
Murrumbidgee Suicide Prevention Program
- Full-time, fixed-term position based in Wagga Wagga NSW
- Join a nationally recognised provider of mental health and disability services
- An opportunity to apply your leadership skills to support in driving Wellways' vision and strategic goals
- Attractive salary packaging benefits
About this opportunity
The Peer Family Support Worker model aims to connect families of loved ones who have attempted suicide with a worker who has had a personal lived experience of being a carer to a suicidal person themselves.
The role of a Peer Family Support Worker is to share their experiences of supporting a loved one through a suicidal crisis, link families with community support services if needed, and provide families with opportunities to engage in psychoeducation for supporting a loved one who is or has been, in crisis. The Peer Family Support Worker will assist families in keeping their loved ones safe, help the family to develop new skills, and help build on both their confidence and knowledge for supporting their loved ones in a time of crisis. In addition, the Peer Family Support Worker will work alongside local communities in delivering community awareness raising programs and supports with the aim of encouraging help seeking and reduction of stigma associated with suicide.
Skills & qualifications
As the ideal candidate, you will possess the following:
- Personal lived experience of supporting a loved one through suicidal crisis and/or attempt
- Experience in the area of crisis intervention and trauma response including well-established self-care practices
- Experience consulting and working collaboratively with individuals, communities and other stakeholders
- Experience in building supportive and respectful relationships with families experiencing distress and a clear understanding of professional ethics and boundaries
- Experience in the delivery of community development, education and capacity building initiatives, with a particular emphasis on working with diverse communities and groups
- The ability to communicate and model a vision that generates enthusiasm and commitment
- Appropriate IT skills, including the ability to write case notes
- A current valid Driver's License, a Police Records Check and Working with Children Check, prior to commencement
Wellways works with people with mental illness and other disabilities, their families and friends to improve their wellbeing and to gain inclusion into communities. We provide this support through recovery, education, and advocacy programs and provide a range of innovative rehabilitation programs. We currently employ over 1000 staff and work across multiple sites within Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland, and the ACT.
How to apply
To apply and to download a copy of the position description please visit our Careers page (wellways.org/careers-wellways).
For a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Ella Fyfe - Team Leader on 0437 775 441 (Wednesday & Thursday) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close 8th June 2020, Close of Business
Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a lived experience are encouraged to apply"
Wellways Australia Limited is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable people.
All applicants applying for roles within Wellways must undergo a screening process prior to their successful appointment.