By undertaking your placement at with TaskForce you may experience the following benefits:
- Supportive learning environment
- A range of professional opportunities
- Exposure to a wide range of clients and the opportunity to manage your own case load with supervision (for adult clients only)
- One to one supervision with a TaskForce employee
- Formal Induction and on the job training when you commence
- Possibility of employment when vacancies arise
Students are generally placed in our Clinical Teams. Students are provided with a formal induction and on the job training including weekly face to face, on-site meetings with a TaskForce supervisor
Students placed with the Counselling teams will be trained to undertake one or more of the following tasks:
- Participate in the care of clients experiencing problematic substance abuse issues through the provision of counselling interventions that utilise a variety of approaches, including harm minimization and harm reduction, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, cognitive behavioural and solution focused therapies and single session intervention.
- Assess alcohol and drug use of clients to determine client needs.
- Develop treatment plans that meet the individual needs of a client.
- Provide individual counselling and support to clients and their families as appropriate to ensure individual client needs are met.
- Develop linkages and work closely with other TaskForce services.
- Maintain files in accordance with agency policy and DHS requirements, prepare written reports, treatment plans and other necessary documentation.
- Actively participate in clinical supervision, peer supervision, staff meetings and professional development.
- Liaise and consult with relevant government bodies and community agencies.
- Collect data as required.
Students placed in our Youth program will be trained to undertake one or more of the following tasks:
- Deliver interventions with high needs young people though direct services to the client group.
- Provide support through a range of options including referrals to other key organisations to assist a young person to remain in education, training or employment.
- Establish relationships with key organisations and community networks.
- Assist with group activities to attract young people to the service and build a young person’s confidence and self esteem.
- Broker practical help and support for young people, such as: purchasing phone credit, travel tickets or interview clothes; supporting young people with the cost of school fees and books; and paying for training programs and courses to help assist with work entry.
What else is important about a TaskForce placement?
- Depending on your placement requirements, a registered psychologist may be required by the University to supervise your placement.
- Before commencing a placement, TaskForce must receive a Contract or Learning Agreement from you University / TAFE.
- You may be expected to attend the TaskForce placement for at least two days each week for approximately 26 weeks.
- You will need a current police check and working with children’s check.
How to apply for a student placement?