Lead Psychologist – Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect

Uniting | Coffs Harbour NSW

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- Coastal Views! Un-spoilt Beaches! Family Friendly!
- Attractive remuneration & relocation package on offer

- Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia


Make An Impact
Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is a researched community-based treatment model directed at families with children aged 6-17years old where there is on-going physical abuse and neglect.
The program is targeted to families who have not engaged in or benefited from community supports in the past and is provided to the family for a period of around 6 to 9 months. The model offers a range of specific clinical treatments that target areas such as trauma, mental health and drug and alcohol misuse.

MST-CAN is new to Australia and we at Uniting are excited to be able to introduce this program into the Coffs Harbour area of New South Wales. This is an excellent opportunity to work collaboratively with our partners from the United States and Australia and we will provide extensive training and clinical supports to assist in the delivery of this evidence based model.

About The Role
The Lead Psychologist/Lead Therapist (MST-CAN) supervises a team of Therapists and a Crisis Caseworker using the Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect, to support vulnerable families.
As well as providing efficient and effective support and leadership to the team, you will:
- Ensure that all assessments are comprehensive and multisystemic as well as providing adequate information to determine the causes of referral behaviours to direct effective treatment within the ecological context
- Work effectively with community stakeholders to ensure that there is a continuous stream of referrals and that customer satisfaction is high
- Provide support and corrective feedback to clinicians to promote client outcomes through interventions such as enacting role play and practice, attending field visits with therapists, acting as co-therapist in sessions, listening to audio tapes of clinicians’ sessions, and providing feedback about clinicians’ performance
- Drive a culture of openness, feedback and productivity
- Work in support of other Uniting functions and teams to foster coordination across the organisation, avoiding duplication, standardizing on efficient processes and delivering continuous improvement

About You
- Ph.D. or Master’s degree in clinical or counselling Psychology, Social Work, or a related subject area.
- Experience with direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic and functional) family therapies
- Demonstrated experience with individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques
- Demonstrated experience using behaviourally-based approaches with marital therapy and to substance abuse treatment for adults and children
- Demonstrated experience using behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school
- Demonstrated experience using exposure, cognitive therapies, and stress inoculation training in trauma treatment for adults and children
- Demonstrated experience implementing interventions within or between systems in the family’s natural ecology that affect or contribute to the child abuse and/or neglect (i.e., individual child, family, peer, school, and neighbourhood)
- Previous experience in providing group and individual clinical supervision

Contact Us
For further information, please reach out to Niamh Nixon (02) 9376 1525 or nnixon@uniting.org.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity, apply now.

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