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Lead Practitioner - Teaching Family Model - Ballarat

Berry Street Victoria
  • Ballarat location in Wadawurrung Country
  • Full time, permanent role
  • Salary package full time equivalent of $94k (base rate $78k plus relevant penalty rates, super and salary packaging benefits)

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2022: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with children, young people, families, carers, staff and partners to achieve this vision.

The Opportunity

Berry Street are implementing an evidence-based model of care called the Teaching Family Model (TFM). TFM is a therapeutic behavioural program, which sees children living with highly trained staff, known as Practitioners in a home setting. The TFM Practitioners, use teaching interactions, relationships and skills building which is targeted to reduce challenging behaviours and increase pro-social behaviours.

The model is trauma informed and helps young people identify personal stressors and develop appropriate self-regulation techniques. Overall, goals of the program include reduced problem behaviours, increased pro-social behaviours, increased social skills, accomplishment of age-appropriate tasks, and relationship development.

We are transitioning one of our Residential homes into a TFM home and are looking for a new Lead TFM Practitioner for the home.

Key Responsibilities

You will play a leadership role in the team with the Senior Practitioner, Consultant and Take Two Clinician, to ensure continuity of care for the young people in the home and the delivery of client focused tasks. The role of the Lead Practitioner is to use the TFM model to create lasting behavioural change for young people. You will lead the team in the day-to-day operation of the home in accordance with Berry Street values, policies, guidelines and practice standards. You will be heavily support by the TFM Consultant, who will coach you through learning the model over a 12-month period. Your learning modalities will include formal training, on the job coaching, observations and formal feedback processes.

Compulsory training for this role is required for the successful candidate.

About You

You will require a minimum Cert IV in Children, Youth & Family Intervention is preferred however as an RTO, Berry Street delivers this qualification and will invest in you if you do not have a relevant qualification. Completion of (or willingness to complete) mandatory upskilling units as required by Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. Berry Street also provides this in-house.

Why Choose Us:

  • Salary packaging available for meals/accommodation for all our staff making your take home pay even better.
  • Investment in you! As a Learning Organisation, there are so many opportunities for development that we offer you, including a comprehensive learning pathway in Child, Youth & Family Intervention.
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.
  • Opportunities for growth.

How to Apply

Applications including resume and one-page cover letter expression your interest in the role to be submitted by the close date.

Queries to Sam Ansell, Senior Manager - Teaching Family Model on 0408 386 958.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National Police Check.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify with a sexual and or gender minority identity. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

Aboriginal people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.

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