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Wesley Mission
Sydney, NSW, Australia

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TAREE, NSW, Australia 



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Wesley Dalmar Out of Home Care and Family Preservation

  • full-time position
  • based in Taree
  • fully maintained vehicle and generous salary-packaging
  • opportunity to expand your skills
About us
Wesley Mission is a high-profile, multifaceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. Our Vision is “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can”. 

About the role
Wesley Mission is seeking a Psychologist to join the Wesley Dalmar team, working with both Out of Home Care and Family Preservation programs. The position offers challenging and rewarding opportunities to work with children, birth parents and carers residing on the mid-north coast.

A primary function of this role will be to provide support to Family Preservation families that is grounded in an understanding of trauma and emphasises physical, psychological and emotional safety. It will create opportunities for parents to rebuild control of their own lives, utilising their strengths to create a safe home environment with the aim of preventing a child’s entry into Out of Home Care.

The other primary function of this role is to provide clinical consultation and therapeutic services for children and young people in Out of Home Care and for their families. Its aim is to ensure that children and young people are seen not as isolated individuals but as members of extended natural and foster families. This will be achieved through clinical care, improving placement stability, and planning and working toward therapeutic goals. 

Essential criteria
  • minimum bachelor’s degree in psychology from a recognised tertiary institution and full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, or working toward same
  • comprehensive understanding of the current child protection services system and the needs of children in OOHC, including knowledge of:
    • legislative requirements: Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998; Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998; Ombudsman Act 1974 (Amendment); Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998; the Adoption of Children Act 2000, and other relevant legislation
    • UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • comprehensive understanding of key risk factors and the effect of trauma on childhood development
  • demonstrated psychosocial knowledge, reasoning ability and practice skills to assess the complex needs of clients and work in partnership with them to achieve their goals
  • demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive clinical assessments and formulate intervention plans, using strategies from a range of theoretical models
  • understanding of behaviour management techniques
  • demonstrated ability to work within a strength-based framework to increase children’s and young people's resilience and ensure positive lifestyle outcomes
  • demonstrated high-level communication (written and oral), negotiation and advocacy skills
  • sound skills in record keeping, data collection and management, statistical analysis, report writing and computer use, including an ability to record concisely and accurately all key interactions and case-notes
  • ability to work collaboratively with external stakeholders and other internal services to achieve client needs and therapeutic and developmental goals
  • current NSW driver’s licence and a willingness to travel as required.
This role will be paid under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award 2010, Level 6, with generous salary-packaging and fully maintained vehicle.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff and opportunities for professional development.

Closing date
Friday 24 January 2020, by 5pm.

Apply now
Please find a position description here:

Please submit a copy of your CV/resume and a cover letter addressing all the selection criteria. For further information, or to submit an application, please contact:

Rachel Geddes

Phone: 0419 630 442
Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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