A fantastic opportunity for a provisional or registered psychologist to join a leading not for profit and bring their expertise to a team with a passion for creating positive social impact in the community.
The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of the OOHC Sector, a passion for positive outcomes for Children and young People and a can-do attitude.
Creating Links is a leading medium sized boutique NFP organisation that delivers a diverse range of services in the areas of children & family, disability, financial counselling, fostering and youth across the Greater Sydney area. At Creating Links, we aim to develop resilient, productive and inclusive communities and families.
We are an evolving, forward-thinking organisation that values a socially and culturally diverse community and ability to create opportunities to provide services and programs to our community.
Benefits of working at Creating Links:
- Supervision included for provisional psychologists.
- We have a diverse and inclusive culture, and you work with a passionate team.
- Salary Benefits – You can package up to $15,900 pa of you pre-tax salary to pay for everyday expenses and benefit from a $2,650 meals and entertainment card before income tax is calculated, increasing your take home pay.
- Work/Life Balance – Flexible work arrangements, hybrid home/office work arrangements.
- Employee Assistance Program
- Professional Development – internal and external training and development opportunities
About the Position
The OOHC Psychologist is responsible for providing effective psychological support for children, young people and their parents, and carers in out of home care.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Undertake educational and psychological assessment and diagnosis in all areas of child and
- adolescent development, including:
- Psycho-educational assessment involving intellectual and ability assessment tools, clinical measurement, clinical interview, and observation,
- Diagnosis requiring analysis and synthesis of multiple measures, other information and understanding of diagnostic criteria as set out in DSM-V or ICD 10.
- Clear understanding of normal and abnormal child and adolescent development.
- Psychological assessment of mental health issues involving clinical measures, clinical interview skills, and observation and information from other sources
- Knowledge and understanding of mental health disorders and their relationship to child and adolescent development.
- Provide psychological counselling, therapy and programs for individuals, groups, couples, families, for a range of mental health, emotional and family issues. This involves:
- Experience and competence with individual psychological therapy, including a range of evidence-based therapies (e.g., CBT, IPT, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy etc.)
- Familiarity and experience with evidence-based group programs for mental health issues and resilience building.
- Facilitating small group preventative and proactive programs for children and young people (social skills and anger management)
- Provision of counselling to a variety of client groups (individuals, groups, couples, families, organisations) and presentations (such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, work effectiveness, change management, promotion of wellbeing) in accordance with employment and contractual requirements. · Delivery will include engagement of interventions, development of case conceptualisations, implementation of evidence-based practice and evaluation of the efficacy of the counselling treatments utilised.
- Establish and maintain appointments and ongoing sessions, with the optimum level of three to four daily counselling sessions.
- Lead therapeutic process groups on a variety of topics, which include both child, young person, and their respective carer.
- Write and support Positive Behaviour Support Plans. Meet with carers to assist them in implementing the PBSP strategies.
- Develop and implement/facilitate therapeutic workshops and training for carers.
- Develop and conduct a range of interpersonal and psycho-educational groups, aimed across the lifespan.
- Ensure that confidentiality and the integrity of information is preserved, maintaining detailed records of client contact and progress in accordance program guidelines. ·
- Provide professional leadership for more junior staff.
- A degree in psychology and provisional or full registration as a psychologist with AHPRA.
- Minimum 1 years’ experience in a similar role.
- Knowledge, understanding, and experience working with individuals and families with complex needs and trauma.
- Ability to work through a trauma-focused lens and systems perspective.
- Clinical counselling experience with children or adolescents.
- Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with case workers and case managers.
- Experience in working with of and ability to appropriately respond to the needs of people from all communities including Indigenous; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD); and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT).
- An understanding of child protection and child development
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to prioritise competing demands and meeting deadlines while working independently.
- Computer literacy including a sound level of competency with Microsoft Office platforms and client management systems.
- Current Criminal History Check
- Current NSW working with children’s check.
- Current NSW driver’s license
- Covid-19 Vaccination
- Fluency in a second relevant community language as well as English.
- First Aid Certificate.
- Direct experience in delivering Psychological or related services in Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander Communities
- Proven clinical leadership skills with expertise in client centred consultancy and ability to implement changes and develop direction in clinical practice by the utilisation of evidence-based research.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must have the right to work in Australia and be able to provide a current National Police Clearance Check.
To be considered for the role please submit a cover letter explaining how you meet the essential criteria. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.