Therapeutic Specialist - Hobart

  • Attractive salary and excellent benefits including, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Part time 34.2 hours per week (initial 12 months) or 30.4 hours per week (initial 7 months)
  • Fully maintained company vehicle
  • Full access to the International Childhood Trauma Conference in Melbourne

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of clinical services, professional training and secondary consultation programs built upon up to date and evidence and based upon 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 therapeutic care programs.

The opportunity:
We currently have two part time Therapeutic Specialist roles available in our Hobart office. The positions provides a statewide therapeutic out of home care service program to carers and children/young people in foster care, kinship or family group home care and specialised packages of support to children and young people in out of home care with complex needs. The Foundation has secured the statewide contract to deliver counselling services to children and young people affected by family violence.

As a result of service expansion, the Foundation is seeking a number of Child Trauma Counsellor/Therapeutic Specialists in the north, northwest and south to work across these two program areas, providing successful applicants with a varied caseload. 

About the role:
The Therapeutic Specialist position will carry a varied caseload across the range of therapeutic programs offered by the Foundation.  As such the role will provide initial intake as well as counselling and group work with children, young people and their carers, clinical leadership with regard to the development and implementation of appropriate therapeutic support for children and young people in out of home care and training for professionals and carers in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches to out of home care.

About you:

  • 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 treatment of children, young people and families.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, government departments, other agencies and the community.
  • Demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively and positively within a team environment.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • A current driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children check or equivalent

Remuneration & Benefits: 
This position attracts a competitive base salary + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging + fully maintained company vehicle.  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 generous Professional Development Allowance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flights and accommodation to the Internal Childhood Trauma conference in Melbourne

To apply:

Looking to make a difference in the lives of children?

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

To apply for this exciting opportunity please use the link below where you will be redirected to our internal portal. You will then be able to upload a copy of your most recent resume and cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.


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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