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Project Worker - Treatment
- BA/BS degree in Addiction, Psychology, Social Care, Counselling, Psychotherapy or similar.
- 3 years experience working in the field of homelessness and/or addiction.
- Client-focused, adaptable, accountable, resilient individual.
- Ability to conduct risk assessments, create and manage client care plans, conduct holistic needs assessments.
- Ability to manage challenging behaviour, whilst being respectful and professional.
- Excellent communicator, with the ability to advocate on the client’s behalf.
- CBT Trained.
- Full driver’s licence
- Knowledge of National drugs strategy.
- Crisis intervention and support.
- Passion for helping people, with the ability to work in a constantly changing environment with a problem-solving attitude.
- Apply here if interested.
About the job
As Project Worker in the Treatment Services function, you’ll provide a low threshold, community based, addiction support and relapse prevention service. You’ll support clients to work proactively to progress to more long-term accommodation, within 2 years. You’ll manage a case load of up to 16 clients and will report to the Treatment Manager – licence agreement & HAT’s. As well as our induction program, you will be provided with 10 training days throughout the year, ensuring you have the support and training to succeed in this role. You’ll have the opportunity to complete a key working skills accredited course e.g. in DCU.
- Identify and address client housing needs, linking with service providers (case conferences).
- Support clients in their recovery, and assist them to maintain their accommodation, and progress to more long-term accommodation.
- Advocating for supports, identifying supported accommodation options and linking with homeless services for emergency accommodation when needed.
- Support our clients in achieving their individual care plan goals.
- Manage pre crisis and crisis interventions on an individual basis.
- Support individuals to establish support networks that assists them in removing barriers to exiting homelessness.
- Promoting choice, independence, health and well being - encouraging clients to engage in a healthy lifestyle, and to participate in client led Dublin Simon Community initiatives.
- Liaise with a range of both voluntary & statutory service providers (referrals, move-on options, health care, probation services etc.), to establish or improve services available to clients.
- Support all Dublin Simon community Full Time Volunteers, Part Time Volunteers, Student placements and Client Involvement initiatives.
- Complete administrative tasks such as report writing, maintenance of accurate statistics, records, up-to-date client case notes, PASS, HNAs, Outcomes star.
- Ensuring effective handovers and information transmission for the service to run effectively.
- Build a professional trusting relationship with clients, provide a continuum of care through individualised client led care plan.
- Provide regular, consistent & comprehensive reporting regarding developments or problems in the service to the Manager.
- Abide by Dublin Simon Community’s Health & Safety regulations & standard operating procedures relating to the fire procedure, safety of staff etc., in order to ensure that the well being of all staff is maintained.
- Advocate with Local Authority on clients behalf (ensure Housing Needs Assessment is completed and processed by the relevant local authority, checking registration, status, length of time waiting, decisions, clients unique situation etc).
- Address any barriers to accessing move on options and follow-up on all move on options.
- Run information clinics for clients on an individual basis and provide group information on HAP and other updates (including changes to entitlements).
- Accompany clients to viewings, and liaise with landlords/housing body.
- Check eligibility requirements and apply for the Housing Assistance Payment
- Identifying support needs and submitting referrals to agencies for specific supported accommodation types (drug free, mental health and brain injury specific
- Develop strong relationships with potential and existing landlords and letting agents (active follow up, explain payments), and facilitate clients to find landlords, use search engines (daft, my home) to find accommodation.
Location: Ellen Hall, Inchicore, Dublin 8.
Working Hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 5:30pm. 37.5 hours per week. 25 days annual leave.
At Dublin Simon Community, we are passionate about making home a reality. Our aim is to empower people to access and retain a home by providing housing, prevention, addiction treatment, emergency response and other targeted interventions, through advocacy and partnership. If you share our values and want to make a difference also, come talk to us at Dublin Simon Community. We’re looking for client focused, friendly and adaptable people to join our team.
Apply for the position here
Application due date: 17/03/2019
For queries relating to this position please telephone (01) 635 4800