Therapeutic Practice Lead - Derby


  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Competitive salary and excellent benefits package including, remote allowance, phone, tablet and salary packaging including remote area benefits packaging of up to 50%
  • Initial fixed term contract to 31 May 2022
  • Derby location – full time

The Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) has a strong reputation for delivery of therapeutic services, professional training and secondary consultation 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.

ACF is working in partnership with Marnin Bowa Dumbara, Derby Aboriginal Health Service, Winun Ngari, and Centacare Kimberley to deliver a new family violence project in Derby, in the West Kimberley. This Senior role will form a critical part of the team delivering this project.

Your primary responsibilities:

The Therapeutic Practice Lead will be responsible for providing an integrated suite of flexible therapeutic interventions and modalities that will sit alongside and integrate with cultural healing approaches This position will also support the day-to-day management of the service in conjunction with the lead agency, Marnin Bowa Dumbara, and coordinate the training of community staff in trauma informed approaches to family violence. The role will support the coordination of the intake process for referrals to the program, and management of any waiting list. The role will also undertake joint individual and group therapeutic work with Cultural Healing Workers where required to provide additional expertise/resource to the work with the family, children and young people and/or provide mentoring to staff in therapeutic processes.

The position will work in collaboration with the ACF Program Manager to develop and implement quality assurance and program evaluation measures to ensure the program performance remains of a high quality.

The Therapeutic Practice Lead will work in collaboration with partner agencies and other key stakeholders to ensure the effectiveness of the programs for families receiving a service.

About You – Key Selection Criteria:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, or a related discipline.
  • Eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the therapeutic assessment and treatment of children, young people, and families impacted by family violence
  • Demonstrated experience in working effectively with Aboriginal organisations, staff, families and communities.
  • Ability to deliver culturally secure services that integrate cultural healing principles.
  • 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 family violence and/or in working with children and young people impacted by trauma.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, other agencies and the community.
  • A current driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children Check or equivalent.

Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary and annual remote allowance, phone, tablet, and superannuation. 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:

  • Generous Professional Development Allowance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellbeing initiatives

To Apply:

Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children?

Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to

Or for more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Georgia Pattison – HR Program Manager at

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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