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Clinicians - Children / Youth Programs

Lighthouse Foundation
  • Work within one of our expanding Youth focused or Children’s specialist teams
  • Contribute to highly integrated reflective practice & trauma informed care impacting vulnerable young people
  • Be a part of a clinical team that facilitates reflective practice groups drawing upon attachment theory and psychodynamic principles
  • Use your clinical skills to impact the life trajectories of children in the care system or impacted by young homelessness?
  • Work for a dynamic and well-respected organisation where your clinical interventions support the therapeutic program
  • Full-time & Part time positions available

About Us

Lighthouse Foundation offers an integrated therapeutic model of care for homeless children and young people who predominantly come from a background of long-term neglect and abuse. Our people are dedicated to making a change in our children and young people's lives. At Lighthouse we believe that every child or young person is one caring adult away from being a success story. In a Lighthouse home, children, young people and families are supported by Therapeutic Carers as well as specialist services including case management and psychological support.

About the role

The role will provide clinical support and governance to Lighthouse young people and staff, specifically:

  • providing reflective practice to therapeutic carers via individual and group supervision;
  • providing therapeutic and trauma informed interventions to carers responding to children expressing trauma;
  • psychological assessments and reports;
  • program development;
  • providing therapeutic and psycho-educational group programs;
  • providing psychotherapy;
  • providing clinical input at care team meetings;
  • consulting on the development and maintenance of young peoples’ therapeutic programs

This role will also require the clinician to produce detailed case studies, reports/papers and contribute to research in consultation with the Manager of Clinical Services and the Lighthouse Institute.

Your responsibilities

  • Provision of clinical supervision and debriefing to care staff members.
  • Conducting psychosocial screen interviews for applicants to Lighthouse.
  • Consultation with internal and external care team members to develop and support young people’s therapeutic journey
  • Involvement in the development and implementation of clinical care protocols and therapeutic interventions.
  • In consultation with the Manager of Clinical Services, to develop and amend, current assessment tools and processes.
  • Periodic psychometric assessments of young people for recovery progress reviews.
  • Development and administration of individual development plans for young people.
  • Producing detailed case studies, reports/papers and research.
  • Delivering training as part of the Lighthouse Professional Development Program as required.
  • Role modelling the values of Lighthouse Foundation and our Model of Care.


Essential Requirements

  • Experience working with youth and adolescents in a therapeutic setting.
  • Experience in counselling and/or psychotherapy with children, young people or families.

Knowledge of:

  • Attachment Theory.
  • Trauma and Trauma Informed Theory.
  • Psychodynamic and or Object Relations Theories (Desirable).
  • Theory and skills in responding to the fluidity and patterns of child and adolescent development.
  • Psychological research methodologies and report writing.

Demonstrated skills in:

  • Suicide recognition, prevention and intervention.
  • Ability to assess level of risk surrounding decision and outcomes.
  • Group facilitation skills.
  • Program development skills.
  • Highly developed oral and written communication skills.
  • Psychological research implementation and reports.

Minimum qualifications required

  • Social Workers - Membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Valid first aid certificate (or willingness to obtain one).
  • Criminal Records check.
  • Current Working with Children check.


We welcome your application and ask that you please review the attached position description, provide your Resume and Application letter, broadly addressing the key selection criteria highlighted.

To submit your application, click Apply Now.

Lighthouse celebrates diversity and affirm the right of access, equity, and equality for every young person, staff member and volunteer in the Lighthouse Community. Our organisation is inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We also practice from a position of cultural safety and awareness, across diverse languages, religions, and cultures. we respect, respond and continue to learn about the unique needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

Lighthouse Foundation is a Child Safe Organisation, we are committed to a thoughtful and protective environment that supports our babies, children and young people to feel safe and respected, and to build their capacity to feel deeply cared for and important to other human beings.

This position is considered authorised work and subject to mandatory Covid-19 vaccination and safety requirements. You will be asked about your vaccination or exemption status and any accompanying evidence should your application proceed.

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