Peer Support Officer
Use your life experience and communication skills to help fellow clubbies in their hour of need.
Surf Life Saving Queensland operates in an environment which, at times, may be prone to the occurrence of traumatic events both on and off the beach. Peer Support Officers play a crucial role, offering individual and group support to SLSQ members at any stage following incidents of trauma or loss.
The focus for peer support is on enhancing the psychological wellbeing of surf life saving members. Peer Support Officers can assist when members have been involved in a critical incident which may impact negatively on their health and wellbeing.
As a Peer Support Officer, you may be called upon to provide a range of support and wellbeing services to fellow members in need. This may include:
- Providing initial and first-response support to club members following a traumatic event
- Educating fellow members on stress reactions and natural coping mechanisms and strategies
- Assisting in the referral process to mental health professionals for further counselling if and when required
- Stage formal psychological first aid sessions for club members (when deemed necessary).
Successful applicants must be at least 18 years of age. It is strongly recommended that applicants are able to demonstrate the following:
- Some previous experience in a similar role
- Exceptional communication skills, and feel comfortable providing emotional support to members when required
- The ability to maintain member confidentiality at all times
- A commitment to being called upon at anytime following a traumatic event.
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