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Therapeutic Specialist


Job Description

We are seeking 2 experienced Therapeutic Specialists for our Therapeutic Residential Care with our Southern and Eastern programs. 

MacKillop Family Services works in through a lens of being trauma informed via the Sanctuary model, and is committed to providing the highest quality services and positive outcomes for the families and young people accessing our service.  Sanctuary is an evidence-supported, whole-of-organisation framework that is trauma-informed, focused on safety and guides how we respond as an agency.  At MacKillop, we are committed to working with Aboriginal people and communities to ensure the families, children and young people we work with are safe and remain connected to their culture and country. MacKillop is going through the Rainbow Accreditation and supports diversity. MacKillop values and provides supervision, training and support to all staff.

This position is situated within the Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) Program. which is responsible for intensive care and support for a child/adolescent and their supportive family, when they are in out of home care.  The program and your role responds to the complex impacts of abuse, neglect and separation from family. Therapeutic care is achieved through the creation of positive, safe, healing relationships and experiences informed by a sound understanding of trauma, attachment and developmental needs.

The Therapeutic Specialist provides clinical/therapeutic leadership and trauma informed interventions based on sound practice expertise and contemporary research that delivers positive outcomes for vulnerable children and families.  The role is supported by the Principal Practitioner in the region. 

This clinical role works collaboratively with the clinical team and develops therapeutic strategies and plans for each individual child or young person to support their safety and goals.  The role supports  carers primarily through reflective practice, through supporting staff they are assisted to work with young people on consistent therapeutic strategies which in turn facilitate the development of new skills and perspectives to help them expand their strengths to facilitate recovery and growth into adulthood. The Therapeutic Practitioner will also collaborate with the care team to plan and implement processes that strengthen the child/young person’s relationship with their family and community. 

Southern  - location South Melbourne office - full time maternity leave position until 1 February 2022- contact Lynda Manley on 0448 695 770 

Eastern  - location Forest Hill office - permanent part time position - 4 days a week - contact Sam Clavant on 0428589383

For a full listing of this position please visit our careers page www.mackillop.org.au/careers

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