Student Placements

Karralika Programs is committed to supporting the future workforce by providing diverse and rewarding student placement opportunities in fields such as Alcohol and Other Drug / Addiction Studies, Social Work, Counselling, Nursing, and Medicine. We take pride in matching students with experienced supervisors who can offer enriching placements that meet the requirements of their training institution and personal goals. 

Our priority is to support people studying and seeking employment in the alcohol and other drug sector as well as those whose roles are likely to involve working with people who use drugs. 

Following discussions and the development of a student placement agreement and plan, Students will undergo a comprehensive orientation program that will familiarise them with our range of programs. 


Students will participate in an orientation program which will include an overview of Karralika Programs Inc. services, time learning about the Therapeutic Community model and the operations of the range of programs that operate under the Karralika Programs umbrella.

Direct Client Work

Direct Client Work Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of direct client work, subject to appropriate privacy and confidentiality conditions, including: 

  • Assisting in case management sessions with residents 
  • Observing, co-facilitating, and/or leading biopsychosocial and educational groups with residents 
  • Participating in the assessment and intake of new residents 
  • Involvement in Karralika’s BALANCE program, which focuses on healthy eating and lifestyle choices 
  • Preparing and supporting the writing of case notes and other reports 
  • Experiencing the process of and supporting residents discharging from the program 

Indirect Practice

Indirect Practice Indirect practice placements will involve working on projects or activities that support program development, research, evaluation, or other focus areas identified and mutually agreed upon. This may include: 

    • Reviewing existing program materials and best practice frameworks 
    • Developing or reviewing policy and procedures 
    • Conducting desk-top research, data analysis, or evaluation of program elements working with staff and residents as agreed between Karralika Programs and the student.

Additional Opportunities:

Through your placement you may also be able to participate in: 

  • Activities specific to the needs of their placement 
  • Discussions on organisational policies and procedures related to client confidentiality, privacy, information sharing, and record security 
  • Karralika multi-disciplinary team discussions around best practice standards and service delivery within the range of programs on offer 
  • Learning opportunities to develop professional skills and knowledge necessary to commence employment in their chosen field of study 
  • Activities to develop verbal communication skills, group and planned intervention and evaluation, teamwork, assessment and referral, interviewing skills, and written communication such as reports and case notes 
  • One-on-one counselling, case management or group facilitation, if appropriately qualified to do so and where specific to the needs of your placement. 

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