• 21-Oct-2019 (IDLE)
  • Dubbo, AUS
  • Salary
  • Full Time

For over 60 years, Westhaven Ltd has been a not for profit, community-based charity organisation who have been providing support to adults, children and young people with disability within NSW.

We have a strong focus on quality, flexibility and people-focused disability services.

Why Join Us:

  • Attractive remuneration- Above award salary package with salary sacrifice available.
  • Well-established company- Take pride in working for a highly-regarded and award-winning business.
  • Professional development- Plenty of off the job and incidental training provided to you.
  • Work-life balance- We support and encourage flexibility for a better work-life balance.
  • Diverse team- Enjoy working within a culturally diverse and friendly team.
  • Company allowances- Laptop, phone and discounted gym memberships are on offer to you.

About the Role:

We currently have a position available for Therapeutic Specialists to work within the Westhaven Intensive Therapeutic Care Team for Children and Young Persons with Significant Disability (ITC-SD).

As the Therapeutic Specialist, you will provide clinical advice and support to the Westhaven's Residential ITC-SD teams, who provide day to day care and support for CYP in Statutory OOHC.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop independence and pro-social behaviour for children and young people living with a disability in Westhaven's Residential OOHC Program.
  • Undertake or arrange an assessment of children and young people with a disability.
  • Lead 'Reflective Practice' processes for Care Teams.
  • Design, implement, evaluate and review evidence-based behaviour support interventions consistent with the Westhaven Behaviour Support Policy.
  • Lead the implementation of Westhaven's Therapeutic Practice Framework. Ensure that Westhaven's approach in the ITC-SD is consistent with the Therapeutic Practice Framework.
  • Educate and support the Care Team staff in the implementation of Behaviour Support Plans. Provide clinical advice, training, peer supervision, mentoring and debriefing to staff as required.
  • Review and assist in the implementation of "Best Practice' approaches to working with children and young people with a disability.
  • Fulfil duties as a Mandatory Reporter to provide an environment that children and young people in Westhaven's care are supported and safe from abuse and neglect.

Skills & Experience:

  • MUST reside in and hold full working rights in Australia.
  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a similar role.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or a relevant Behavioural Science.
  • Current registration with the professional body.
  • Clear Working with Children Check and National Criminal Record Check.
  • Current and up-to-date Driver's Licence. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NSW Child Safe Standards for Permanent Care.
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake child-focused behavioural assessments.
  • Capacity to work effectively both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Proficiency in report writing and demonstrated an ability to develop, organise and maintain records in a professional and timely manner. 
  • Proficient computer skills including the use of Client Management System.

Holding a current Working with Children Check and completing a National Criminal History Record Check clearance, and a current first aid certificate are requirements of this position.

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