Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) offers a variety of student placements that are challenging and rewarding. A placement with OHV can offer you a valuable introduction to work in the AOD sector through a structured and meaningful experience. Depending on your qualification and your goals, you may work with groups including children and families, young people or people with complex histories of long-term alcohol and drug use.
At OHV, we are committed to providing student placements that benefit students, our organisation and most importantly, the people we work with. You will be on the ground doing varied work that directly impacts people with alcohol and drug issues.
We have a strong culture with staff, students and volunteers committed to our core values of love, trust, respect, honesty and concern. We are always looking for dedicated, team-minded and empathetic people who are open to learning new skills and ways of working.
- Only students who require a student placement as part of a tertiary or vocational training qualification will be eligible for a student placement with OHV.
- Preference for placements will be given to students studying AOD, social work and counselling, however youth work, psychology and other relevant disciplines will also be considered and students are welcome to apply (for more information on placement areas see individual tabs below). Our Therapeutic Community also accepts applications from child development and child psychology students.
- OHV accepts placement students from business and administration disciplines on an ad hoc basis. If you are a business or admin student looking to complete a placement or a professional project, please email HR@odyssey.org.au to find out more.
- Preference will also be given to students in their final or penultimate year of study who are seeking a placement for a six-week minimum duration, working two days per week.
- Students will need to complete a Police Check and a Working with Children Check before commencing their placement. Any student placement offer is conditional until proof of these checks is provided.
- Applications that do not follow the correct process will not be considered, so please read the below section carefully.
- Applications are open year round on our website. We advise that you apply well in advance of your desired placement dates, as interviews may be scheduled up to six weeks after the initial application is received.
- You can apply via the link below attaching:
- Your CV
- A completed application form, which includes a cover letter addressing Key Selection Criteria.
- If you progress to the next stage, you will be required to have a face-to-face interview.
- If you are a preferred candidate you will need to undertake our safety screening requirements, including completing a Police Check and a Working With Children Check, and providing the results of these checks before beginning your placement. OHV will reimburse you for the costs of these checks. If you already have a WWCC, you will need to provide evidence that you have updated your WWCC details to list OHV as an employer before you can commence your placement.
- Once all of the above is completed, you can sign your paperwork and begin your placement on the agreed date.
For this placement, you would be based at the Richmond site with some outreach work across Melbourne. Students on placement with KIF will need to have a driver’s license (either full or probationary license). Masters students or final year undergraduate students with previous placement experience or relevant work experience are preferred. As a student, you would work alongside the Kids In Focus team in a variety of settings to support families affected by parental alcohol and other drug problems. These settings include:
- Children’s Courts and Magistrates Courts across Melbourne
- Child Protection offices across Melbourne
- Clients homes
The role of the student will be to support the team to engage and support the families. The student will shadow the case managers throughout engagement periods, inclusive of:
- Referrals to other services
- Case management
- Family support
- Harm reduction discussions and relapse prevention support
- Parenting strategies and support
- Supporting clients at court
- Transporting clients
- The student may also have the opportunity to:
- Attend camp
- Be involved in receiving and assessing new referrals.
These opportunities will depend on the time of the placement and the student’s capability.
For this placement you would be based in the Melbourne CBD. Masters students with previous placement experience or relevant work experience are preferred. Under supervision and working as part of a team, you would be able to:
- Sit in case conferencing meetings, run by the MDC Magistrate, to facilitate integrated and consistent treatment across modalities at the Magistrates’ Court
- Sit in court reviews of the participants of the MDC
- Sit in assessment with clinical advisors
- Sit in assessments with corrections workers
- Sit in counselling sessions with the AOD counsellors based at the MDC
- Sit in AOD counselling group meetings run by AOD counsellors for the MDC participants
- Participate in treatment planning meetings with members of the multidisciplinary team (clinical advisors, case managers and AOD counsellors)
- Participate in clinical supervision (AOD staff supervision and whole staff supervision)
- Participate in staff team meetings
As a student, you would be based at the Footscray centre with intermittent work at other sites within the North West region of Melbourne. Your duties would include:
- Duty work for central intake
- Completing comprehensive assessments
- Developing individual treatment plans
- Providing brief interventions
- Participating in clinical reviews and clinical supervision
- Joining our Care & Recovery Workers in their outreach and advocacy functions
If you are completing a long placement, you may be responsible for a counselling caseload.
As a student, you would be based at the Werribee centre with intermittent work at other sites within the South West region of Melbourne. Your placement would include:
For Social Work Students:
- A day in the life of this position includes duty in central intake, completing comprehensive assessments, developing individual treatment plans and providing brief interventions. Your assessment and treatment plans will address risk for both the client and their family and social network. You will participate in clinical reviews and clinical supervision. You will be responsible for a counselling caseload, join our Care & Recovery Workers in their outreach and advocacy functions, and provide facilitation support to our therapeutic day program
For Counselling and Psychology Students:
- A day in the life of this position includes duty in central intake, completing comprehensive assessments, developing individual treatment plans and making referrals, and providing brief interventions. Your assessment and treatment plans will address risk for both the client and their family and social network. You will participate in clinical reviews and clinical supervision. You will be responsible for a counselling caseload, including the development of therapeutic treatment plans and case recording
For Cert IV Students:
- A day in the life of this position includes observing and supporting our central intake, observing comprehensive assessments, developing individual treatment plans and making referrals, and preparing notes of observed interventions. Your observations will include assessing risk for both the client and their significant others. You will participate in clinical reviews and clinical supervision and other Catchment meetings
A student placement at the Therapeutic Community (Lower Plenty) will work under supervision and as part of a team, assisting with:
- Facilitating client admissions through:
- Assessing client suitability;
- Participating in preparation and support groups;
- Consulting with other services as appropriate; and
- Supporting senior residents during the admission process
- Participating in risk assessment and treatment planning processes
- Participating in therapy and psychoeducation groups
- Supporting client exit processes
- Working as part of a clinical team
As a student, you would be based at the Melton site with intermittent work at other sites including community schools, Bayside and Box Hill. You would work alongside the Youth and Family Services team in a variety of community-based setting to support young people who experience substance use and mental health related harms and their families. These settings include:
- Schools and TAFES
- Council youth services sites
- headspace Elsternwick
- Crisis Accommodation Services
- Outreach locations
You would support the team to engage and assess young people for substance use and mental health treatment needs, along with identifying and appropriately responding to additional risks i.e. child safety, family violence, suicidality. You would shadow the clinicians and case workers through the treatment process, inclusive of:
- Treatment planning
- Case management
- Motivational interviewing and supportive counselling
- Family therapy
- Harm reduction education
- Case conferencing
- Clinical review
You would also shadow the Odyssey Youth and Family Reconnect case managers providing insight into education re-engagement case management processes in a TAFE setting.
The student may also be provided with the opportunity to:
- Attend camps
- Attend pro-social recreational activities
- Deliver brief interventions
These opportunities will depend on the time of the placement and the student’s capability.
While we can’t guarantee job opportunities with OHV following your placement, we are growing fast and frequently advertise new roles. If you have a successful placement and we feel that you are a ‘good fit’, we would strongly recommend that you apply for relevant roles listed on our careers page once you have completed your studies.
If your preferred areas are not available and the placement coordination team feels that you may be a good fit for another area(s), they will contact you to determine your interest in interviewing for a different placement.
OHV is committed to child safety and has zero tolerance of behaviours that compromise the safety of children. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for a placement with us.
A disclosable outcome on your Police Check does not automatically preclude you from a placement with OHV. We acknowledge that clients can benefit from working with staff and students who have lived experience and strong boundaries. Additionally, we recognise that recovery from drug and alcohol abuse is a journey and therefore applicants may have a police record.
While you are welcome to contact us for further information regarding placement areas or the application process, students are required to submit applications themselves to ensure fairness and consistency. If a student requires support to complete an application, you can work with the student to submit their application or contact us for an alternative process.
OHV welcomes applications from students with disability. To arrange an alternative application process please contact Adam Bryant, HR Assistant at HR@odyssey.org.au.
OHV is committed to providing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. If preferred you can apply via the standard process outlined on our website, or you can email Ron Briggs, Senior Aboriginal Consultant at RBriggs@odyssey.org.au, to discuss your goals and potential opportunities at OHV.
Please ensure that you have read the student placement FAQ’s and descriptions of all placement areas provided in the tabs above. Our application form and position description can be downloaded via the links below. Please have your completed application form and CV ready to upload to our application portal.
If you have any questions about our student placements that are not answered above, please email Adam Bryant, HR Assistant at HR@odyssey.org.au.
At Odyssey House Victoria we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness.
We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA+, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.