Family Drug Support Australia
Support Line: 1300 368 186
(available 24 hours 7 days a week)

Setting Boundaries

  • About +

    Boundary – 'a limit on what is reasonable' - Oxford English Dictionary. One of the areas that families of substance users have difficulty with is in setting boundaries that are effective and manageable.   All relationships where people live together need boundaries in place to develop trust, stability and Read More
  • Defining The Boundary +

    What is the issue, circumstance, area of concern? What do you need to achieve? Examine your motive in wanting to set this boundary. Is it in response to clear thinking about an area of concern or is it an angry response to a set of circumstances? If Read More
  • If A Boundary Is Broken +

    You can expect boundaries to be broken by substance users – especially when they are first put in place. They will often react to changes by pushing you and other family members to previous ways of behaving. They will probably be less motivated to change than you are. Read More
  • Setting A Boundary +

    Having thought about the boundary you would like to set and being prepared to talk about it, the next thing is to set it with the substance user. The skill to utilise is negotiation. It is important to build and maintain a dialogue between the user and Read More
  • Keeping a Boundary +

    The last stage in the process is keeping the boundary. This is done by: Observing if the boundary is being kept Acknowledging that it is being kept or if it is broken Responding appropriately if it is broken Read More
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QLD (Rockhampton) Family Worker - Positions Available

Family Drug Support

(FDS) is a caring, non-religious organisation which provides non-judgmental, non-directive support and information for families and friends of drug and/or alcohol users across Australia. Support services and programmes for families of drug dependents are recognised gaps in most drug treatment services. Since 1997, Family Drug Support has successfully provided programmes in this area.

FDS is seeking a motivated family worker to support the Manager, to establish and expand the service in Queensland, providing support to families affected by Alcohol and other drugs. We are offering a fulltime (35hour) position or a part-time (21 or 28hours) position, working ‘flexible’ hours, “to suit family’s requirements”. 
Key activities:
  • Liaise with AOD services and assist them to identify skills and capacities in working with families and carers.
  • Help establish and facilitate family support groups
  • Deliver FDS’ Stepping Forward information sessions
  • Deliver FDS’ Stepping Stones to Success and other FDS courses
Desirable qualifications:
  • Proven experience (min 5 years) in social work and/or Drug and alcohol services or a similar field
  • Experience in working with families
  • Proven Group facilitation/training skills (min 5 years)
Essential skills:
  • Proven administration excellence, goals oriented and high level of organisation
  • Proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Proven experience in working with people experiencing alcohol and other drug-related difficulties and working with AOD workers
  • Commitment to personal and professional growth and development
  • Participation in relevant workforce development activities
  • Understanding of and commitment to Harm Minimisation, Social Justice and FDS’ model
  • Ability to plan and promote FDS services through delivering information and educational sessions
  • Ability to undertake intra-and interstate travel and after hours work (as required)
  • Ability to meet targets and timelines for reporting
  • Ability to work with FDS volunteers to support the delivery of this program
  • Computer competence, including the use of Microsoft office products and Power point
  • Unencumbered QLD driver’s licence. (This is a requirement of employment)
  • Other requirements as directed by the Qld Manager or CEO/Head office
  • Ability to adhere to FDS policies and procedures
  • Commitment and involvement with quality processes, including reporting incidents/hazards
Training & Support:
  • -FDS will provide full training and support in the FDS model and it’s programs.
  • You will be required to undertake a full induction process which will include orientation and training (possibly interstate).
  • Salary package of between $60k to $63k to be negotiated - plus Superannuation (dependant on demonstrated skills and experience) and an option to salary sacrifice. A $3000 regional allowance payment per annum is payable to cover additional costs. A mobile telephone, laptop computer will be supplied for business purposes and a ‘pooled’ company car will be available for work purposes.
FDS is proud to be an EEO employer. FDS supports an inclusive approach in the workplace. We celebrate our diversity and welcome staff regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity and lifestyle choices. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

A Federal Criminal Records check will be conducted and is a requirement of on-going employment.

Applications close: 24th July 2020. Please email an expression of interest addressing the criteria and your resume to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..