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Senior Therapeutic Specialist


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ITC Senior Therapeutic Specialist

MacKillop Family Services, a Catholic community agency, exists to support, foster hope and promote justice for children, young people and families, particularly those who have experienced distress, disadvantage and abuse.

MacKillop works across New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. Each young person and family we work with is protected, nurtured and given the chance to build a brighter future.

MacKillop Family Services is an accredited provider of The Sanctuary Model. Sanctuary supports organisations to provide a safe and caring environment for people affected by trauma, and to maintain a culture that reflects these qualities at every level within the organisation.

A Permanent Full-time opportunity is available within our Intensive Therapeutic Transition Care Program where you can make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable young people.

About the role:

Working closely with the Managers, program staff and other service partners in the management of complex cases and practice quality issues, you will provide specialist expertise, case consultancy, review and promote reflective and evidence-based practice. In addition, this role will supervise other Therapeutic Specialists (TS) in the ITTC program as well as other TSs in other parts of the Intensive Therapeutic Care program. The position carries a half case-load.

The Senior Therapeutic Specialist is responsible for guiding and supporting carer and staff interactions with children and young people, conducting assessments, developing therapeutic treatment plans and leading reflective practice to support carers and staff to develop their therapeutic skills. In addition, the Senior Therapeutic Specialist will as required provide therapeutic services including Family Therapy directly to the children, young people and families who are clients of our services.

The STS, as part of the Clinical Services team, and as directed by the Principal Practitioner, will work closely with the Managers, program staff and other service partners in the management of complex cases and practice quality issues. This includes the provision of specialist expertise and assistance, case consultancy and review and the promotion of reflective and evidence-based practice.

About you:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline is essential.  
  • Current registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia and/or a higher degree in psychology or Social Work at Masters level is preferred.
  • Post Graduate training in relevant child, adolescent and family clinical practice, family therapy and systemic thinking is strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in the field.
  • Experience working with children, young people and their families where there has been a history of complex or intergenerational trauma, abuse and neglect including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.
  • Experience in completing assessments for children and young people and using the findings to complete a comprehensive therapeutic written report/care plan designed to inform staff and child interactions and the Care Team’s planning
  • Practice knowledge relevant to working with traumatised and vulnerable children, young people and families such as: child development and the impact of trauma; including the ability to provide therapeutic clinical assessment and trauma informed interventions.
  • A well-developed understanding of Attachment and Trauma Theories, their relationship to child abuse and neglect, together with an understanding of social, emotional and cognitive disabilities and an ability to assist others to understand their associated implications.
  • Experience in providing supervision, secondary consultation, training and advice to clinicians, other professionals, staff and carers 
  • Proven highly developed interpersonal skills, emotional intelligence and excellent engagement skills, especially in engaging children and young people who have experienced significant trauma, disrupted attachment and demonstrate extreme emotional and behavioural dysregulation.
  • A track record of working collaboratively and the demonstrated capacity to negotiate and liaise with internal and external stakeholders including, FACS, other agencies and the community.
  • Demonstrable analytical problem-solving skills, the ability to assess options and identify and implement creative, innovative and flexible solutions.
  • Evidence of a holistic understanding of the complexity of the child protection and out-of-home care service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • Evidence of personal values consistent with the values of MacKillop Family Services including a willingness to embrace the Sanctuary Model and Principles.

Benefits on offer:

·        Generous Salary Packaging of up to $15,900

·        Ongoing training and career development opportunities

·        Employee Assistance Program to support your wellbeing

You must have:

  • A valid and current Driver’s Licence;
  • A satisfactory Criminal History Check;
  • A valid Working with Children Check;

How to Apply:

Follow this link where you will be redirected to the Senior Therapeutic Therapist vacancy within MacKillop's careers page. On this page please refer to the How to Apply section at the bottom, this will take you to our recruitment portal.

Please make sure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the PD as part of your application. 

For more information, please contact Trisha Avenell on Trisha.Avenell@mackillop.org.au or 02 6616 1200.

MacKillop promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment and is committed to a diverse workforce. We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

It is essential that applicants hold a valid state appropriate driver's licence and working rights to work in Australia. Applicants must also hold or be eligible to hold a valid state appropriate Working With Children Check. Police Checks also form part of MacKillop's recruitment process.

MacKillop Family Services acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Elders in each of the communities where we work.

Applications close Mon Aug 10 2020

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