Psychologist/Social Worker/Occupational Therapist (Therapeutic Specialist) Life Without Barriers


About the Organisation
Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client’s individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

As a Therapeutic Specialist, you will be responsible for equipping and supporting staff in their provision of therapeutic care, including facilitating Reflective Practice sessions, Care team meetings, placement matching and collating and reviewing outcomes measures and ongoing quality improvement

While our Therapeutic Specialists do not generally perform clinical work children and/or young person, you may be required to conduct relevant child related assessments and develop/supervise the implementation of therapeutic, child focussed care plans & positive behaviours support plans.

This is a Permanent Full Time position which can be located in Grafton or Coffs Harbour. Flexible hybrid working arrangements (including work from home/office/client locations) are available.

Regular travel to our service locations is a requirement of this role and an annual vehicle allowance of $17,500 per year will be provided. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Champion the CARE Principles and TCI system as the model for delivering Intensive Therapeutic Care in our residential settings
  • Facilitate regular reflective practice and clinical support sessions for direct care staff
  • Develop and assist in the implementation of Behaviour Support Plans & Individual care plans of Children & Young People.
  • Undertake various assessments of Children & Young People, as determined by their current and ongoing needs.
  • Provide expertise and support to Case Managers & ITC Home Managers in the formulation and ongoing management of Therapeutic Care Plans, and to ensure purposeful supports are provided in line with CARE principals
  • Coordinate preventative strategies to ensure continuity of care and mitigate placement breakdowns
  • Advocate on behalf of Children & Young People by engaging agencies and organisations to support consistent therapeutic practice
  • Complete client matching, contribute to intake assessment and support the transition of Children & Young People into homes

Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nursing or related (Post Graduate qualifications will be highly regarded)
  • Current registration with the professional body relevant to qualification
  • Demonstrated experience within a clinical environment supporting Children and Young People in OOHC, ideally in an Intensive Therapeutic Care setting.
  • Significant experience using evidence-based assessment tools with young people with trauma informed behaviour
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of child development and complex trauma and its effects on children and young people in out of home care

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check, NSW Working with Children Check and NSW Residential Care Worker Register check.

To be considered for and appointed to a position at Life Without Barriers, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with a minimum of two (2) doses or hold a valid medical exemption certificate, in accordance with Life Without Barriers Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. You will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status during the recruitment process


  • Flexible hybrid working arrangements, including work from home/office/client locations 
  • Generous Salary Packaging Benefits – claim up to $15,900 per year, tax free!
  • $17,500 Annual Vehicle Allowance + Monthly RDO

How to Apply
Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Kristy Crowe at [email protected].

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 3rd September 2023

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. With this in mind, if you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview. 

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here