Therapeutic Specialist MacKillop Family Services


MacKillop celebrates and draws strength from diversity and respects the dignity of all people.  Every person at MacKillop has the right to be safe and to be treated justly. We value every person’s cultural or linguistic background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expressions, intersex status, relationship status, religion or spiritual beliefs, socio-economic status, age, and abilities.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


A Permanent Part-time (0.5EFT) Therapeutic Specialist opportunity has come available within our Therapeutic Residential Care Program where you can help make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged or vulnerable young people based in Geelong, Victoria.


Our offer:

  • Generous Salary Packaging up to $18,500 (helps increase your take home pay)
  • Ongoing Training and Development 
  • Study Leave for ongoing employees 
  • Career Development
  • Click HERE to find out more about becoming a member of the MacKillop Family Services team and what further support we have to offer our employees.


About the Program:

This position is situated within the Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) Program which is responsible for intensive and time-limited care for a child or young person in statutory care that 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 therapeutic leadership and trauma informed interventions based on sound practice expertise and contemporary research that delivers positive outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

The Therapeutic Specialsit is a member of the Clinical Program and reports to the Principal Practitioner.


About the role:

The primary objective of this role is to add value over and above the residential and case management aspects of the TRC program, by developing therapeutic strategies and plans for each individual child or young person, supporting and guiding staff in the implementation of these strategies and plans to facilitate the development of new skills and perspectives to help them expand their strengths to facilitate healing and recovery. 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.


Key selection criteria:

To be successful in this role, you will have:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline is essential.  Post Graduate training in relevant child, adolescent and family clinical practice, family work and systemic thinking is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated practice knowledge areas relevant to work with traumatised and vulnerable children, young people and families which may include child development and the impact of trauma clinical work with children, young people and families, mental health, drug and alcohol, disability or other trauma related behaviours.
  • Evidence of a well-developed understanding of Attachment and Trauma theories, the relationship to child abuse and neglect, together with an understanding of intellectual disability and an ability to assist others to understand the implications.
  • Experience in completing assessments for children and young people and using the findings to complete a comprehensive therapeutic written report/care plan designed to inform staff and child interactions and the Care Team’s planning.


For a full listing please review Position Description.


You must have a:

  • Proof of vaccination (including third dose) against Covid-19 
  • Valid and current Driver’s Licence;
  • Satisfactory Criminal History Check;
  • Valid Working with Children Check;
  • Valid and current NDIS Workers Screening Check


The Australian Government recently introduced the NDIS Worker Screening Check, an additional, national legislated compliance requirement to determine if a person is cleared to work with people with disability. MacKillop requires all client facing staff obtain the NDIS Worker Screening Check. An employment application will require the submission of evidence that this check has been attained or an application has been submitted. For more information and how to apply please view:

Victoria: Department of Justice and Community Safety


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.


How to Apply: Click ‘Apply‘ where you will be prompted to proceed with your application via the Seek website.


Please make sure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the PD as part of your application. 


For more information, please contact: 

Penny Tripoli at [email protected] 0448 016 720


It is our goal that MacKillop Family Services continues to evolve as a culturally safe, culturally competent, and welcoming organisation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people, families, and communities.


Shortlisting for this position may commence immediately so please submit your application as soon as possible.



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