12 Feb 2020

Full-Time Therapeutic Specialist/Mental Health Practitioner in Gosford

CatholicCare Diocese Of Broken Bay – Central Coast

Job Description

  • Gosford to Wyong region of the Central Coast Location
  • Full-time, Permanent Position
  • 38 hours per week – Flexibility available with working hour start and finish times
  • Start date will be early January 2020
  • Fantastic Professional Development Opportunities
  • Wonderful team environment
  • Salary Packaging Opportunities


About the program


Catholic Care Diocese of Broken Bay is a vibrant, faith-based agency providing innovative social care services to 14,000+ children, young people, individuals and families in the Northern Metropolitan Sydney and on the Central Coast.


Known previously as Out of Home Care, CatholicCare’s Permanency Support Program (PSP) implements Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) services on the Central Coast and in Sydney’s northern suburbs to support children and young people in our care who have experienced trauma and neglect.


Intensive Therapeutic Care provides an alternative to the long-term residential model of care, focusing on recovery from trauma, the achievement of positive life outcomes and a broad range of placement options for children and young people.


As a Therapeutic Specialist, you will have the opportunity to work with our ITC team to provide consistent care for children and young people in our PSP program who have experienced abuse, trauma or neglect. You will use your skills and experiences to:

  • Provide robust matching and risk mitigation assessment and recommendations for children and young people entering into temporary placement;
  • Develop transition plans in collaboration with stakeholders, including children or young people, to exit into permanent pathways;
  • Administer psychometric assessments, analyse data and inform, coach and guide behavioural advice based on information available;
  • Lead the Therapeutic Care Team towards best practice in therapeutic care;
  • Identify and review strategies to maintain a current and relevant approach to all aspects of child related care;
  • Lead the reporting of outcome measures for children and young people;
  • Assist in transitioning the young people out of care as required;
  • As well as other duties as per attached Position Description.

To succeed in this role you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Mental Health or Nursing;
  • Current registration, or willingness and capability to obtain registration, with the professional body relevant to qualification;
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in a Therapeutic Care setting or working in a clinical environment with children and young people in Out of Home Care;
  • A thorough understanding of the theories relating to the impact of trauma, abuse and neglect on a child or young person’s development and wellbeing;
  • Current Driver’s Licence and access to a comprehensively insured vehicle;
  • Current Working with Children Check;
  • And other requirements as per the attached Position Description.

Working with CatholicCare


CatholicCare offers a range of initiatives to actively promote your life/work balance and development of our employees through:

  • Working for a not for profit organisation who strive for a world where people are safe, happy, well and connected with each other in inclusive communities;
  • Great training and learning opportunities to help further your career;
  • An Employee Assistance Program offering free and confidential counselling and support;
  • Salary packaging benefits to receive up to $15,900 of your salary tax-free, as well as additional meal and entertainment benefits.

To apply


If you are a passionate person who realises the tremendous opportunity that this role offers and want to utilise your skills and passion in a rewarding environment, we want to hear from you!


Please provide a cover letter addressing the role requirements, complete your work history and education information on the application page and submit your resume.


We encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 


Apply Now!


CatholicCare is a child-safe and child-friendly organisation – all staff must comply with our child-safe child-friendly policies and Code of Conduct. All child related roles are subject to a satisfactory Working with Children Check Clearance in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012.


Completing a National Criminal History Record Check clearance is a requirement of this position.


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