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headspace Early Psychosis - Senior Clinician (Penrith)

  • 495709
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Youth and Families - Management
  • Part time closed period contract

About the Opportunity

This is a part time fixed-term contract working 3 days/ 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.

Role Overview

The Senior Clinician role is an integral role of the leadership structure acting as the 2IC providing onsite clinical leadership to the team. This role will support line manager in effective and efficient management of team resources including being the first point of contact for all clinicians/team.

Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • As a senior clinician, providing mentoring and clinical supervision as required to colleagues and students to support the team
  • Work as a part of the multidisciplinary team to ensure timely access for young people and families 
  • Provide comprehensive early intervention and care co-ordination to young people to assist them in achieving the goals and actions outlined in their care/management plan. 
  • To participate in clinical review and supervision, ensuring service standards are met

  • 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


    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

    • Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and eligibility for membership with APHRA or AASW or the appropriate professional body
    • Minimum 3 -5 years demonstrated and extensive assessment (excluding clinical placements) within the mental health field.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently and is required to exercise independent judgment on routine matters
    • Demonstrated ability to independently apply professional knowledge and judgment when performing novel, complex, or critical tasks specific to the discipline
    • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate within a multidisciplinary team.
    • Demonstrated skills in supervision and mentoring including students
    • An understanding of recovery model principles and ability to implement these in clinical practice
    • Ability to effectively engage consumers and their families, as well as other stakeholders, including the ability to be creative and flexible
    • Demonstrated a commitment to continuing professional development and may have contributed to workplace education through clinical supervision, training and education through the provision of seminars, lectures or in-services
    • Experience delivering contemporary, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions appropriate for young people presenting with first episode psychosis and high-risk clients.
    • Ability to maintain the philosophy, standards, and policies of the service model to promote the recovery of young people
    • 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
    • The ability to use relevant information technology, electronic record systems and data management tools
    • Current NSW Driver’s License
    • Current Working with Children’s check


    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 /  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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