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Multisystemic Therapy Practitioner

Berry Street Victoria
  • Job no: T3HD4
  • Noble Park location, on bordering Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Country 
  • Full time, fixed term position until November 2023
  • Base salary of $97k plus full private use vehicle, super & 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. Together.

Are you passionate about keeping young people with their families and helping them to flourish? Would you like to:

  • Be a part of a program that alters the course of young peoples’ lives and harnesses their strengths to prevent them from involvement with the Justice System?
  • Develop skills in the application of systemic and behavioural interventions that interrupt problematic behaviours?
  • Further develop your skills in leadership?

The Opportunity

There is currently an opportunity to join the Multisystemic Therapy team in the South East as an MST Practitioner. The MST Practitioner will function as part of an MST team and will participate in weekly team supervision and consultation. Daily duties include assessment, treatment, and collaboration with families, youth, and community agency staff. 

We also have the opportunity for the successful applicant to be considered for a regular opportunity to act-up as the MST Clinical Supervisor on a monthly basis and to back-fill the role during times of leave. This provides an opportunity to be hands-on with clients and to draw on or continuing to develop your leadership skills by regularly acting as the Back-up MST Clinical Supervisor for the existing team.

About the MST Program

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) supports young people aged 10-17 years who are presenting with severe challenging behaviours, including offending. It is an:

  • Intensive and flexibly delivered;
  • Evidence-based and community-based intervention; and
  • Does what it takes to achieve meaningful change.

As an MST Practitioner, you will be able to work in ways that other program structures don’t allow. Interventions are intensive and target change across the systems in which the young person is engaged to achieve change and improve outcomes for the young people and their families. As Back-up supervisor, you will provide regular backup support to the team to manage safety and support plans and support the team to deliver interventions in line with the MST model. 

The team consists of one MST Clinical Supervisor and four Practitioners. 

About You

You will be an experienced practitioner with mental health clinical training to be extensively involved in implementing the MST program during a three year pilot project, with the goal of the program's success resulting in it being made ongoing.

You will have experience working with marginalised, minority and difficult to engage young people and/or their families in their homes and communities and must be available to provide periodic on-call 24-hour coverage, across a 7 day week roster. 

You will hold a minimum 4 year degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related subject area with significant experience in therapeutic settings, with specific experience in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy and behaviourally-based treatments preferred.

The Benefits

  • Additional salary packaging available for meals/accommodation.
  • Flexible work arrangements and generous leave conditions.
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), including access for staff members’ immediate family.
  • Full private use motor vehicle provided.
  • Higher duties payment when acting in the role of Back-up MST Supervisor (if applicable).

How to Apply

Prior to applying, interested candidates are required to contact Olivia Rowe, Talent Acquisition Partner by phone on (03) 9421 7585 to discuss the role and to be provided with an information pack to use as a guide for your application. Applications submitted without prior contact being made will not be considered.

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability and the key selection criteria for the position are to be submitted as soon as possible as they will be assessed as they are received.

Further queries to Olivia Rowe, Talent Acquisition Partner on (03) 9421 7585.

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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