Gippsland, VIC

Therapeutic Specialist

  • Part-time 0.5fte – 19 hours per week (includes 0.2fte – 7.6 hours per week based at the Quantum Refuge).
  • Initial 12 month fixed term contract
  • Attractive salary and excellent benefits

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of clinical services, professional training and secondary consultation programs built upon up to date, evidence based theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development.  This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the Foundations therapeutic services.

About the Position:

The role of a Therapeutic Specialist in Gippsland is vital in providing specialized therapeutic support to children and young people who have experienced trauma. They work closely with family violence services and out of home care programs to develop and implement trauma-informed approaches that promote healing and recovery. The Therapeutic Specialist also collaborates with parents, carers, and other professionals to ensure that each child and young person receives the appropriate therapeutic support they need to overcome the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

At Quantum Refuge, the Therapeutic Specialist provides short-term therapeutic support to children and families residing in the refuge, working closely with the Children’s Advocate and other practitioners to ensure a child-centered and trauma-responsive approach to care. The ultimate goal is to create a network of supportive relationships that attend to the needs of every child in the refuge and help them feel safe and connected during a time of uncertainty.

About You/ Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and therapeutic support of children, young people and families.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and family violence, and/or in working with traumatised children, including delivering a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions to the client group.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with children, young people, parents, carers, families DFFH, other agencies and the community.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • A current Victorian driver’s licence or equivalent and working with children’s check.
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination or medical exemption.

Remuneration & Benefits:

The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications.  In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • A competitive base salary + superannuation + salary packaging
  • Generous Professional Development Opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Program

To apply:

To apply, please click here where you will be redirected to our application portal.

For more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Bree Roberts – HR Officer at recruitment@childhood.org.au

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.


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