Therapeutic Assessor - Practice and Performance
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 29 January 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $87,257 - $91,942
Position No: 43999
Directorate: Community Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 11 January 2019
Contact Officer: Sheree McMillan on sheree.mcmillan@act.gov.au or (02) 6207 4792

Details: Child and Youth Protection Services are seeking a highly motivated person to undertake the role of a Therapeutic Assessor. The Health Professional Level 3, Therapeutic Assessor role is focused on undertaking appropriate developmental and therapeutic assessments for children and young people in out of home care and promoting a trauma-informed organisation. Therapeutic Assessors will contribute to the work of the Out of Home Care Taskforce by providing initial consultations to foster and kinship carers upon a child/young person’s entry into out of home care. This can include information about why the child/young person entered care and their experience of trauma and/or adversity, psychoeducation on trauma, attachment and child development, and general trauma-informed strategies in order to meet the child’s social-emotional, developmental and cultural needs. Providing specialist therapeutic consultations to operations staff. A therapeutic consult is guided by the Case Manager, and can include psychoeducation on developmental trauma, understanding a child or young person’s challenging behaviour from a trauma-informed lens, strategies for creating a trauma-informed care environment and/or guidance on case management issues from a therapeutic perspective. Providing timely and comprehensive clinical assessments of children and young people in out of home care that considers their health and development, emotions and behaviour, education and learning, family and social relationships, self-care skills, culture and identity, and synthesises the impact of trauma on the aforementioned domains. The Therapeutic Assessor must be across evidence-based research and clinical practice in the field of child development, attachment and trauma in order to make specific recommendations for how the care team can meet the child/young person’s therapeutic needs across these domains. Providing trauma-informed organisation by contributing to the development of resources on principles of trauma-informed care, and developing training programs for carers, colleagues and external stakeholders.
Eligibility/Other Requirements: Relevant tertiary qualifications e.g. in Social Work, Psychology or allied health (Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist). Preferable five years’ and a minimum of three years practice experience working with children, young people and their carers or families and a current driver’s licence. Prior to commencing in this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to -  https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804
Note: An order of merit may be established to fill future vacancies at level over the next 12 months.
How to Apply: All applications, including Application Coversheet, your written response to selection criteria, resume must be submitted to Shared Services jobs@act.gov.au

Career interest categories:

Administration and Governance
Community Support and Inclusion
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services