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Mental Health Peer Practitioner - Launceston

Baptcare
  • Mental Health Peer Practitioner - Launceston
  • Part Time, Fixed Term to June 30, 2023, with possibility of extension
  • Commencement Bonus and generous not-for-profit salary packaging
  • Well-established, respected and researched-backed mental health programs
  • Sector-leading monthly external group supervision model
  • Person-led career development and evidence-informed practice development opportunities
  • Join a dedicated, connected and diverse workforce of Mental Health and Family and Community Services Practitioners
  • 2022 ARF Boss Best Places to Work Finalist

Horizons is an expanding psychosocial program with Lived Experience Practitioner opportunities in the North-West and South of Tasmania

About Baptcare:

Baptcare is a leading, purpose-driven organisation that provides residential and community support for older adults, support to children, families and people living with a disability, financially disadvantaged people and people seeking asylum. We respect all faiths and beliefs, and actively promote inclusion and diversity.

Baptcare’s psychosocial services journey started in 2013 with the Foundations program (formally MIcare); since then, we have grown to a suite of five mental health programs across Tasmania under the banner name ‘Mindset TAS’.

Mindset and Lived Experience Knowledge and Experience

The Mindset practice approach reflects the skills and attributes of a diverse workforce. We recruit to culture and celebrate the practitioner-led learnings and lived experiences that our workforce bring to their daily practice.

We are deeply committed to playing our role in the ongoing growth and development of a strong, supported and valued Lived Experience workforce in Tasmania

We focus on creating a work environment where our people can thrive in their roles. We know that when we feel connected to each other and to purpose, we do our best at work and have plenty left in reserve to invest in all other aspects of our lives.

Here are some ways we foster balance and growth:

  • Supportive and comprehensive induction processes – there’s a lot to learn in a new role and our induction program provides a mix of clear online learning pathways; mentoring and practice shadowing, ongoing training and development opportunities – we are invested in your development from the start!
  • Flexible Working: We understand balancing work and life isn’t always easy so we offer a flexible work model at Baptcare to empower our employees to make time for what’s important to them.
  • Paid weekly Wellbeing Hour: we want to make our contribution to the maintenance of great employee health and wellbeing – we like to ‘walk our talk’ in Mindset!
  • Connection - We spend a lot of time at work and with our colleagues – social connection is part of a cohesive culture – we love coming together with people from across our business to share a monthly BBQ in our Hubs; collaborate regularly at planning days or simply share homegrown veggie crops from the Hub kitchen!

We are ready to look towards a new Horizon!!

Horizons was established in mid-2019 and we’re now ready to expand.

This means there is an exciting opportunity to join our growing Lived Experience team and we can’t wait to discover our new Peer Practitioners!

The Horizons service model is designed to adopt a dual focus of Mental Health Professionals partnering with Lived Experience Practitioners because we understand the power of raising the expectations of people who are experiencing challenges with their mental health. We continue to grow and learn through a commitment to change, collaboration and co-design, and do this best when we listen to the stories belonging to people with lived experience of mental health challenges.

Horizons Mental Health Peer Practitioners will provide additional support for individuals who may experience value from building relationship with a person who is skilled in sharing an understanding of self- determination, service-use and their personal journey of recovery/healing.

The Peer Support Worker may also be asked to provide representation of a lived experience perspective at internal meetings and facilitate internal activities to ensure we offer the best possible programs.

This part-time role is based in our Mowbray Hub.

About you:

We will know we have found our new team member when you demonstrate:

  • You have the ability to work within the parameters of your Peer Practitioner role within a short-term model of psychosocial support
  • You are capable of providing both outreach services and occasionally participating in the facilitation of group programs with energy and adaptability
  • You can readily demonstrate a commitment to work within a recovery and lived-experience practice framework
  • Your collaboration with other services and advocacy skills are second to none!
  • You can talk to us about how you maintain healthy role boundaries when working with people with severe mental ill-health and their support people
  • Not only do you have the ability to work within structure, but you can also demonstrate agility and flexibility in your professional practice
  • We need our Practitioners to skilfully juggle and prioritise administrative tasks, including comprehensive assessment, planning and do it all with a focus on respectful, relational and ethical interpersonal skills.
  • Our workforce is trusted to work to work autonomously, and we also trust that you will support your team to learn and grow

You must also have:

  • The right to work in Australia.
  • Australian Driver’s Licence.
  • Satisfactory National Police Clearance (will be completed post-interview for applicants moving onto next stage of recruitment)
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Current Influenza and full COVID Vaccination.
  • Minimum Certificate IV Mental Health or Peer Work

Interested in applying?

Please submit your resumé and cover letter addressing each point in the below nominated Selection Criteria.

Selection Criteria

  • Strong empathic listening skills and strategies to actively engage with people who may experience challenges engaging with a complex system
  • A sound ability to assess for and practice appropriate and safe sharing of personal experiences of recovery
  • Ability to identify and explore attitudes and issues that are barriers to people effectively forming or acting on recovery goals.
  • Able to write accurate, thorough and comprehensive notes and reports
  • Excellent organisational, time management skills, and ability to be self-directed
  • Able to work within complex environments and be outcome-focused

For further information about the role can be addressed to Nikki Riley at nriley@baptcare.org.au using the subject line: Mental Health Peer Practitioner - Launceston enquiry via EthicalJobs or call 0418 886 135.

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