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Student Placements

A student placement with TaskForce will provide you with a unique opportunity to apply your classroom learning in real life situations under the supervision of qualified and experienced staff.

By completing your placement with our organisation, you will develop an understanding of the work we do, as well as the roles in which you may be most interested.

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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?

Please contact the HR Manager before sending an application. The HR Manager Kate Forer can advise applicants if there are current placement vacancies. Kate can be contacted on 9532 0811 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.