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Mental Health Practitioner

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2029

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1288609

Reference: 1288609

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

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

Other Information

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

Application Instructions 
Applicants may structure applications in the manner they choose, but should ensure that the following are addressed and included:

  • A Cover Letter
  • A response to the key selection criteria and position details. 
  • a CV with a summary of experience and qualifications
  • the names and contact details of three referees in relation to the key selection criteria

Please submit an application through Online Registration at www.education.vic.gov.au/schooljobs

Applicants may apply with an emailed copy of their application to werribee.sc@education.vic.gov.au.

Further information about the College is available on our Website (www.werribeesc.vic.edu.au) including the “College Strategic Plan”.

Vaccination Requirement

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Werribee Secondary College is a highly regarded school in the Wyndham Education Precinct. A consequence of the College's outstanding results in VCE, IB (International Baccalaureate), VCAL and NAPLAN is that applications for enrolments far exceed the Colleges intake capacity. Werribee SC students have enjoyed recognition such as VCE All-rounder, IB High Achievers and VCAL competition winners. More recently, 97 % of the College's senior students have achieved tertiary pathways. Werribee Secondary College has over 70 International Students who have selected the College to complete their secondary education.

The College is a TAASS accredited provider of a Select Entry Learning program, which operates across the curriculum in years 7- 12. The College attained accreditation as an International School with the Council of International Schools (CIS) in 2006 and in 2013 became the first state secondary college in Victoria to be accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organisation and authorised to offer the Diploma Program (DP) of the IB. Werribee Secondary College has instilled a culture which embraces hard work, academic achievement and learning growth. All students wear the traditional uniform of blazer, shirt and tie.

The College has implemented a number of curriculum structures and programs which have further enhanced an exciting teaching and learning environment. The ENGAGE Teaching and Learning cycle embeds the High Impact Teaching Strategies (HITS) and is a research- based pedagogical framework that the College has implemented based on evidence gathered from the students and the school community. In 2020, the college will embark on the implementation of the PLC (Professional Learning Communities) using the inquiry cycle to achieve continuous learning growth.

A broad range of co-curricular activities includes amongst others, music, drama, chess, debating, public speaking and Leadership Programs. Further leadership opportunities for male and female students are provided through the College's Australian Army Cadet Unit, which was formally inaugurated by the then Prime Minister Julia Gillard in early 2012 and is only the 2nd school based AAC Unit in a Victorian state school.

A re-building program upgraded the level of many facilities in 2010 and these have been augmented by the completion of a new Recital and Performance Centre in early 2016 and the construction of a further $7 million-dollar stage completed in late 2018.

Resources, Wellbeing and other Features

The College has implemented a BYODD program across all Year levels. All classrooms are equipped with projectors. There is a well-resourced Student Wellbeing and Leadership Program which is implemented through a House system and a weekly Pastoral Leadership program. The College's resources are well allocated and provisioned. The College also enjoys a healthy financial status.

The Colleges modern facilities include 5 new Science rooms, a Music recital centre and auditorium, flexible English and Humanities area and a Numeracy block.  These spaces provide for dynamic learning experiences across Year 7-12.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job type:

Full time / From 03/10/2022 - 02/10/2029

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Renee Dowling | 03 9741 1822

Mental Health Practitioner