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Psychologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 4)

Job posted: 14/05/2024
Applications close: 03/06/2024 (Midnight)
12 days remaining

12 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 15/07/2024 - 26/06/2026

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1415583

Reference: 1415583

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

 

  • Experience in the development and implementation of evidence-based assessment and interventions for students with an ASD and/or mental health concern to address their social, emotional and educational needs.
  • Demonstrated well-developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills working as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary professional team.
  • Ability to deliver a comprehensive psychology service to a school, includng psychological assessments, counselling and referral for students and families.
  • Capacity to apply highly developed assessment, conceptual and analytical skills.
  • Capacity to deliver recommendations around best practice interventions for students with a diagnosis of ASD.

Role

The psychologist at Jennings Street School works to support students at a Tier 2 and 3 level across the whole school cohort (P - year 12). The psychologist service involves, but is not limited to, individual therapy, classroom observations, psychological assessment (including assessment of risk) and behaviour support and intervention. The psychologist is also a member of the wellbeing and allied health team, contributing to whole-school approaches to mental health prevention and promotion and student wellbeing. Communication and consultancy are also central to the role of the psychologist, liaising with teachers, allied health staff, families and external agencies ensures the most appropriate and effective support is provided for our students.

Professional Practice

      To provide a psychological service to students from prep to year 12 equivalent in a school for students with a diagnosis of autism.

     Conduct assessment of a student based on referral, which may include observations, standardised assessments, baseline data collection, school file review, teacher and parent interviews.

    Provide psychological preventions, interventions (including counselling) and post-intervention strategies to students at Jennings Street School, for students identified as vulnerable or have additional needs, following school based policy and protocols for referral. This may include individualised 1:1 sessions with students and/or consultation with teachers about how best to support students.

     Provide consultation around conducting Functional Behaviour Assessments (FBA) to inform interventions and management plans (i.e. Behaviour Support Plans and Behaviour Response Plans). Plan interventions in collaboration with other relevant staff, professionals and parents.

     Conduct risk assessments and create safety plans regarding suicidality, self-harm or harm to others.

     Design and implement individualised treatment plans, liaising with teachers and families around the assessment feedback, intervention strategies and progress. 

      Conduct standardised assessments where appropriate (e.g. cognitive, educational, and diagnostic) to inform treatment interventions for students with ASD and or mental health concerns.

      Document and report assessment and interventions in line with Jennings Street School and AHPRA policies.

      Engage in ongoing professional development including peer consultation and supervision, in accordance with AHPRA continuing professional development guidelines.

    Adhere to the Australian Psychological Society ethical guidelines and code of ethics.

  Support the Disability Inclusion funding framework with Jennings Street School. This includes supporting the Enrolment Review process when students reach Grade 6 year equivalent. This also involves liaising with the Hobson¿s Bay Student Support Services Team. 

Responsibilities

Process for communication within Jennings Street School

        Communicate with classroom teachers on a needs basis. E.g. when something comes up from an individual session that relates to the classroom environment/ student engagement in learning/ student-teacher interactions. Obtain verbal consent from student (where possible) to provide information or feedback to classroom teacher.

        Communicate with the wellbeing team during regular weekly meetings.

        Communicate with parents/carers on a needs basis (e.g. phone calls, emails, in person meetings).

        Review ongoing cases at end of each school term. Provide feedback to wellbeing team/wellbeing coordinator about decision around intervention (e.g. short term intervention, ongoing counselling, BSP).

        Provide feedback to wellbeing team/wellbeing coordinator and family when initial assessment is complete and appropriate intervention is determined.

        Provide information about the nature and empirical basis for all interventions provided to students as required.

Other communication and consultation

      Liaise with external medical professionals and health providers as required to support students¿ psychological needs.

     Work as a member of a multidisciplinary team, providing expert knowledge within this discipline.

      Attend and contribute actively to Wellbeing and Therapy Team frameworks.

      Provide appropriate training, professional development and guidance to the school community regarding mental health and wellbeing issues.

      Input into the development of policy and operational practices, such as risk assessment processes and policies.

      Input into the strategic direction of the school identifying risks and Key Improvement targets and programs.

      Liaise with team leaders on case management progress and program initiatives with particular emphasis on pro social and emotional development of students. 

      Input into Student Support Group forums where appropriate.

      Input into PLC forums where appropriate.

      Support the transition of students into and out of the school.

      Establish and manage the psychology budget and purchase of resources.

Who May Apply

Mandatory Qualifications

A graduate or post-graduate qualification in psychology and full registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA) - Psychology Boar

EEO AND OHS Commitment

Applicants seeking part-time employment are encouraged to apply for any teaching service position and, if they are the successful candidate, request a reduced time fraction. Such requests will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to the operational requirements of the school.

The Department of Education 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. It is our policy to provide reasonable adjustments for persons with a disability (see Workplace adjustment guidelines).

Additional support and advice on the recruitment process is available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders from the Koorie Outcomes Division (KOD) via marrung@education.vic.gov.au

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:

 https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/child-safe-standards/policy

DE Values

The department's employees commit to upholding the department's Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. The department'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 department values is available at:

 https://www2.education.vic.gov.au/pal/values-department-vps-school-employees/overview

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

 

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • A resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • A section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • Names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees who are able to attest to the claims made in your application.

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

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

Location Profile

Jennings Street School is located in the South Western Victoria Region at Laverton. JSS is a prep to year 12 autism specific school situated adjacent to the Laverton P-12 College, providing potential opportunities as the school develops for shared educational programming and use of facilities. Officially opening in 2015 with an enrolment of 40 students aged 9-12 years, the school reached its enrolment capacity of 120 students in 2017. Jennings Street School consists of 3 discrete learning communities, specialist work spaces, a café, and play areas enclosed by landscaped surrounds. The school¿s location provides potential opportunities for shared programming, and use of community facilities based on Individual learning plans. Jennings Street School aims to equip students with a high quality learning and teaching environment based on current research as it applies to students with ASD. There is a strong focus on student well-being and building effective home school partnerships.  Professional Learning Teams and an integrated service model including Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, and Occupational Therapists, form the basis for building staff instructional capacity, high standards of professional engagement, a strong sense of collegiality, and a culture of excellence underpinned by evidence based differentiated learning. Bright and spacious facilities are designed to meet the needs of 21st century learners, multi modal learning strategies will incorporate technologies to cater to interests and maximise engagement in learning.

Psychologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 4)

Job type:

Part time / From 15/07/2024 - 26/06/2026

Job classification:

Ed Support Level 1-Range 4

Contact:

Rosemary Hayes | 03 9360 9322

Psychologist (Ed Support Level 1-Range 4)