Therapist – Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect

Uniting | Coffs Harbour NSW

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- 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 program that is targeted to families who have not engaged in or benefited from community supports in the past. The program is provided to the family for a period of around 6 to 9 months and 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 Therapist (MST-CAN) will deliver therapy using the Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse & Neglect. This treatment is directed at families with children aged 6-17 years old where there is on-going physical abuse and neglect.
Along with contributing towards the efficiency and effectiveness of the team, you will:
- Carry a case load and provide the MST-CAN model in the home to families where there has been physical abuse and/or neglect
- Deliver a service in a culturally inclusive framework for Aboriginal and culturally diverse families with respect and attention to the additional complexities of working with Aboriginal and CALD families within the child protection system
- Facilitate and participate in the development and review of the family's treatment plan in accordance with the program model timeframes
- Contribute positively to the development of the collaborative partnerships with FACS Community Service Centres in the region and other key stakeholders
- Provide supportive 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.
- 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 contact Niamh Nixon on (02) 9376 1525 or
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