Mental Health Practitioner

Mental Health Practitioner

The Department of Education and Training is looking to recruit over 190 mental health practitioners by 2021 to work in Victorian government secondary schools.

If you are a psychologist, social worker, occupational therapist or mental health nurse, this could be your opportunity to make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of young people in Victoria. 

As a school-based practitioner you will provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services, as well as coordinate support for students with complex needs. You will work closely with students, families, school staff and health professionals, as well as allied and community mental health service providers.

Mental Health Practitioners are ongoing employees based in Victorian Government secondary schools. They work flexibly, based on the needs and priorities of their schools and students.

What mental health practitioners do

  • Provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services for students with mild to moderate mental health needs.

  • Coordinate support for students with complex needs.

  • Contribute to whole-school approaches to mental health prevention and promotion.

Qualifications or experience

Applicants must:
  • Hold a Bachelor qualification or specialist/post graduate qualification where applicable in:
    • Social Work
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Nursing with a mental health specialisation
    • Psychology.
  • hold full registration with the requisite professional body where applicable
  • for Social Work applicants, be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • have demonstrated direct counselling experience
  • have a current Working with Children Check.

Personal qualities

If you have experience providing evidence-based direct counselling and wellbeing support programs to young people the Department of Education and Training needs you.

How to search and apply for jobs

For more information and to apply, visit Mental Health practitioners in Secondary Schools and Recruitment Online.

Contact Details for enquiries

Department of Education and Training