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Mental Health Practitioner

Job posted: 22/06/2022
Applications close: 05/07/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: South West Region | Mortlake

Job type: Part time / From 18/07/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1284467

Reference: 1284467

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: South West Region | Mortlake

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. 

Role

The Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) initiative provides for a suitably qualified mental health professional in all government secondary school campuses.

Operating in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training's Area-based multi-disciplinary teams, this role will have the following functions:

provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services for individual students and groups identified as at-risk and/or experiencing or demonstrating mild to moderate mental health needs;
coordinate supports for students with critical needs both within and external to the school, including proactively working with regions and other health professionals to engage further support as required; and
enhance promotion and prevention activities in the school by contributing to whole school health and wellbeing plans, building the capability of teaching staff and school leadership to manage student health and wellbeing, and helping to embed mental health promotion and prevention programs and strategies in the school.


Education Support Class Level 1 Range 4

The successful applicant will be an experienced professional who will carry out their duties and responsibilities, relative to their professional discipline, with a high level of autonomy and with minimal reliance on professional supervision. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and implementation of professional support programs within an educational environment, including guidance to other professional staff.

As an education support class position, this role supports the educational services being provided to students, but will not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).

For more information on the responsibilities of an Education support class level 1 range 4 employee, please visit:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/rolesTS.aspx

Responsibilities

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.


Please note:
• The relevant enterprise agreement underpinning this position is the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017.
• Continued professional learning is a registration requirement under the National Law, which governs the operations of the National Boards and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Who May Apply

Required

  • Applicants must be qualified as a psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse or occupational therapist. Specifically:
    • For Psychologists, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA
    • For Mental Health Nurses, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA and hold a postgraduate qualification in mental health
    • For Social Workers, applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers
    • For Occupational Therapists must hold full registration with AHPRA
  • Have demonstrated direct counselling experience
  • Have a current Working With Children Check

 

Desirable

  • For Psychology applicants, specialisation in education and/or developmental psychology.
  • For Mental Health Nurse applicants, hold a Mental Health Nurse Credential and membership with the Australian college of Mental Health Nurses.
  • For Social Work applicants, hold membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers and an Accredited Social Worker Trade Mark.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

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 child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile


Derrinallum P-12 College is located in the rural Western District of Victoria. It was established in 1994 when Derrinallum Primary School and Derrinallum High School amalgamated. Derrinallum P-12 College continues to provide meaningful and successful pathways from Foundation to Year 12. It is located approximately 100km from the major population centers of Geelong, Ballarat and Warrnambool and it services not only the Derrinallum township but the surrounding rural communities, with four buses bringing students to the college every day.
Over the past three years the schools average enrolment from P-12 has been 80 students. The school's socio-economic band value is medium.
Derrinallum P-12 College is on the edge of town, allowing wide open space for sporting fields and agricultural programs. Our students have access to a main building containing secondary and primary wings as well a specialist wing providing classrooms for Design and Technology, Drama, Music and Art. Additionally the students have access to an indoor sports center and enclosed undercover gymnasium on the grounds providing students with all-weather sporting facilities year-round.  Our primary students benefit from access to specialist teaching programs including Art, Woodwork, Cooking, Italian and Performing Arts.
The school’s physical environment is well maintained, strengthening the sense pride in the school. Classrooms are well presented and reflect a warm welcoming and engaging learning space for all students. The Victorian School Building Authority completed a building project in Term 3 of 2020 to modernise the toilets and upgrade senior student facilities, including the year 11 and 12 common room. The college has also invested heavily in updating ICT resources providing brand new laptops for every student from Foundation to year 12 and equipping classrooms with interactive whiteboards.
The College's strong connection with partner schools in the Corangamite Trade Training Cluster allows student to take part in various trades across the cluster of local schools (Hospitality, Building & Construction and Hair & Beauty are among the offerings).
We have 24 staff at the school including one Principal , one Assistant Principal, three Team Leaders (with a teaching load), 10 Classroom Teachers and 9 Education Support staff.
Through a strong sense of belonging, Derrinallum P-12 College and it's community, foster the growth of all student to strengthen personal achievement, engagement and well-being. The college prides itself on our sense of community and our values of Teamwork, Respect, Integrity, Empathy and Support.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job type:

Part time / From 18/07/2022

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Caitlyn Fitzgerald | 03 5597 6625

Mental Health Practitioner