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Mental Health Practitioner - Secondary School

Keilor Downs Secondary College

This role is employed under the Victorian Government Schools Agreement at classification Education Support Level 1, Range 4 (ES1:4).

It is advertised as a full-time position, five days per week from 8.00am to 4.00pm (includes ½ hour unpaid lunchbreak), however the college is very happy to consider applications from candidates wishing to work a reduced time fraction.

The successful candidate must hold a current, valid Working with Children Check (Employee), have demonstrated direct counselling experience, and have a Bachelor qualification or specialist/post graduate qualification where applicable in:

  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing with a Mental Health specialisation
  • Psychology

For Mental Health Nurse, Psychologist and Occupational Therapists, applicants must hold full registration with the requisite professional body. For Social Workers, applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The role

  1. Deliver professional support service/s in a school/s, including the direct counselling for students with a range of mental health issues, applying sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.
  2. Plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies for students with complex needs including collaborating with families, other professionals and agencies when appropriate and manage the associated risks.
  3. Work collaboratively with the school to contribute to policies and operational practices that will guide the work of others, including other school wellbeing staff and teachers.
  4. Demonstrate leadership and provide professional learning to others, such as teachers and other school wellbeing staff, to build the capacity of schools to improve students' learning and developmental outcomes.
  5. Liaise with other Department areas (including secondary school nurses and Student Support Services staff) and external service providers where necessary to provide support to students.
  6. Maintain professional competence and continued professional learning, including attending professional development activities throughout the year.
  7. Meet relevant policies and legislative requirements in relation to student health information privacy.
  8. Performing other duties appropriate to the classification as requested to assist in the effective delivery of services.

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment in accordance with their legal obligations including the Child Safe Standards. The school’s Child Safety Code of Conduct is available on the college’s website.

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

  1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  5. Ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.
  6. Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information.

More information about this vacancy is available at www.education.vic.gov.au jobs in schools link (Vacancy number: 1254689).

Or contact Mr. Dale Ritchie (Assistant Principal - Student Wellbeing) - 03 9365 8000.

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