Mental Health Practitioner – Social Worker Autism Queensland


A life of participation, opportunity, and choice.

We believe at the core of who we are and what’s important to us, is our people. They embody what we do every day, directly impacting the growth of our organisation and in turn our ability to expand the human potential in the autism community.

“They are determined to make a difference in the lives of their clients. And their everyday impact is undeniable.”

Want to be part of a state-wide team of practitioners who will support you to bring your ideas for exceptional practice to life? With Autism Queensland, you’ll accomplish just that.

Bringing understanding and a passion for helping others into the role to provide evidence informed approaches in clinical practice, service delivery and early intervention by:

  • Evidence-based mental health supports that are responsive to individual client needs and inform development of creative, person-centred solutions utilising a variety of models of support which may include individual therapy, group programs, assessments (including diagnostic and functional behaviour assessment), mental stat examinations, case formulations and treatment plans.
  • Using Neurodiverse-affirming approaches in psychoeducation through training, coaching, individual advocacy and case management, referral-making, and positive behaviour support plans across various settings.
  • Utilising resourcefulness, creativity, flexibility, and out-of-the-box thinking in the delivery of support to clients with a range of support needs including anxiety, depression, OCD, eating disorders, personality disorders, suicidal ideation, self-harm, and trauma.
  • Working within collaborative team models to plan and deliver quality mental health supports and address individualised support needs.
  • Conducting assessments including developmental history to inform mental health diagnoses, and to contribute to multidisciplinary functional and diagnostic assessments and reports.
  • Assessing, managing, and monitoring clinical risk and evidence of mental deterioration, in collaboration with the Manager Mental Health Services and Senior Staff, including providing assistance with screening of new referrals, intake assessments, and triaging.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders to ensure their participation in goal setting, planning, decision making and reporting.

While our top priority is finding people who share our genuine passion in supporting our clients, here are a few things the right person will be equipped with:

  • Current Registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Accreditation through the Australian Association of Social Workers as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker or A minimum of 200+ hours of relevant clinical work in the field delivering Focussed Psychological Strategies.
  • Minimum 5 years relevant Clinical Experience of evidence-based therapy including individual therapy (CBT, DBT, ACT, Narrative, Solution-Focused), Family Therapy and/or Family Therapy-informed psychological therapy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the AASW’s Social Work Practice Standards, Mental Health Legislation, and Child Safety Legislation in the context of mental health service delivery to people on the spectrum.
  • Demonstrated understanding of acuity and associated tailored approaches including experience treating suicidal clients; developing risk assessments and safety plans; and initiating referrals to relevant stakeholders to maintain safety of clients.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of Trauma-Informed Care, the impact of trauma on people on the spectrum, and demonstrated capacity to integrate these principles into practice.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the legal context for record keeping in the provision of Mental Health Services.
  • Demonstrated ability to form warm, trusting, non-judgmental therapeutic alliances with a range of clients.
  • Commitment to reflective practice, and to intentional and continual learning in regular clinical supervision.

* Please note it is a condition of the role that any applicant not already accredited with AMHSW, utilise the support of AQ senior and management mental health teams to apply for and obtain their accreditation within the first six months of employment.

From flexible working options and wellness programs to professional development and referral incentives, we encourage our staff to strive for a better balance.

  • Access up to $18,000 in Not-For-Profit salary packaging.  
  • Look after your health through discounts to eligible Medibank private health insurance options, with singles through to family coverage options available.
  • Exceptional professional development opportunities to support your career growth.
  • Prioritise wellbeing through a discounted Fitness Passport with access to various fitness and aquatic centres all around the country – for you AND your immediate family!
  • Be part of an organisation with a practice excellence team dedicated to providing our people with clinical supervision and mentoring.
  • You’ll have access to the latest research through our own research and development team.  
  • Gain meaningful experience through empowering autistic people, their families, carers, and the wider community.  

“Above all else, it’s passion and purpose that guides our people”

APPLY NOW or connect with us at [email protected] for more information – we’d love to chat with you about our opportunities and your interests.