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headspace Early Psychosis - Clinician (Penrith)

  • 495322
  • Registered Nurse - MSIC
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Full time closed period contract

About the Opportunity

This is a full time fixed term contract working 38 hours/ week up until June 2022 with likely extension

The Continuing Care Team (CCT) Clinician role is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. The role involves the provision of comprehensive, evidence-based clinical case management, psychological and psychosocial interventions consistent with the EPPIC model of care.

The overall aims of the CCT clinician position are:

• To reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in order to minimise the impact of a first episode of psychosis on the normal developmental trajectory of the young person
• To minimise the subjective distress of young people and their families associated with the experience of early psychosis and a first episode of psychosis
• To screen and reduce the incidence of metabolic syndrome
• To enable both symptomatic and functional recovery from a first episode of psychosis

headspace Parramatta, Mount Druitt and Penrith delivers the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program. The headspace Primary Care program offers an “open door”, easily accessible, early intervention service for young people wishing to obtain support for mental health or substance use issues. The headspace Early Psychosis program is a specialist service which focuses on providing comprehensive services to support young people who are at risk of developing a psychotic illness, or those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.

 

 

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and AHPRA or appropriate professional body membership:
- Registered Nurse
- Occupational Therapist
- Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist
- Social worker (must be eligible for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers)

 

Key Selection Criteria

  • The incumbent would be expected to have relevant clinical experience in and skills within mental health of a minimum of one-year post-registration, ideally with experience in early psychosis.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical practice, and in delivering contemporary, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and outside agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work collaboratively with young people and their families/significant others
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan and coordinate individualised psychosocial interventions to meet the needs of young people with psychosis based on a case formulation approach
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality assessment and evidence based psychological interventions, within a stress-vulnerability and recovery framework for young people
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of early psychosis rationale and principles including the developmental stages of young people and the impact that a first episode of psychosis has on their development and the impact on the family/significant others
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and function autonomously while being able to effectively work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Flexibility in coping with organisational change and demonstrated capacity to be innovative in clinical approaches with young people
  • Ability to maintain and develop the culture, philosophy, standards, guidelines and policies of the service
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act (2007) and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical supervision, education, training and ongoing professional development
  • Ability to use relevant information technology, electronic recording systems and data management tools
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence

 

This is your opportunity to promote hope and recovery in people’s lives!


If you want to become a part of our positive and respected team, do not hesitate to apply now. To be considered for this position please upload your resume as well as a Cover Letter responding to the two Targeted Questions below (2 A4 page max);

TQ1: Demonstrated experience in clinical practice, and in delivering contemporary, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people.


TQ2:  Demonstrated skills and experience provide high quality assessment and evidence based psychological interventions, within a stress-vulnerability and recovery framework for young people

 

Should you have any questions, please contact Alex Sullivan from Uniting’s Talent Acquisition Team on;0466 801 937 / asullivan@uniting.org  for more information.

 

Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks, which include National Police Checks, Working with Children Checks and Reference Checks.  


 

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