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Psychologist / Clinician - headspace

Uniting (NSW.ACT)

headspace Parramatta, Mount Druitt and Penrith deliver the headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program. The headspace program offers an “open door”, easily accessible, early intervention service for young people wishing to obtain support for mental health or substance use issues. The headspace Early Psychosis program is a specialist service which focuses on providing comprehensive services to support young people who are at risk of developing a psychotic illness, or those who have experienced a first episode of psychosis.

  • Psychologist or Social Worker or Registered Nurse or Occupational Therapist
  • Full time in Penrith + some Work from Home
  • Attractive rates +Super +Generous salary packaging benefits

Role Overview:

The Continuing Care Team (CCT) Clinician role is a multidisciplinary team and an integral part of headspace Early Psychosis. The role involves the provision of comprehensive, evidence-based clinical case management, psychological and psychosocial interventions consistent with the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) model of care.

The overall aims of the CCT clinician position are:

  • To reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in order to minimise the impact of a first episode of psychosis on the normal developmental trajectory of the young person
  • To minimise the subjective distress of young people and their families associated with the experience of early psychosis and a first episode of psychosis
  • To screen and reduce the incidence of metabolic syndrome
  • To enable both symptomatic and functional recovery from a first episode of psychosis

Essential Criteria

Qualifications

Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and AHPRA or appropriate professional body membership:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Psychologist or Provisional Psychologist
  • Social worker (must be eligible for registration with Australian Association of Social Workers)

Key Selection Criteria

  • The incumbent would be expected to have relevant clinical experience in and skills within mental health of a minimum of one-year post-registration, ideally with experience in early psychosis.
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical practice, and in delivering contemporary, evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people.
  • A high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills and demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and outside agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work collaboratively with young people and their families/significant others
  • Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan and coordinate individualised psychosocial interventions to meet the needs of young people with psychosis based on a case formulation approach
  • Demonstrated ability to provide high quality assessment and evidence based psychological interventions, within a stress-vulnerability and recovery framework for young people
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of early psychosis rationale and principles including the developmental stages of young people and the impact that a first episode of psychosis has on their development and the impact on the family/significant others
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and function autonomously while being able to effectively work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Flexibility in coping with organisational change and demonstrated capacity to be innovative in clinical approaches with young people
  • Ability to maintain and develop the culture, philosophy, standards, guidelines and policies of the service
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act (2007) and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical supervision, education, training and ongoing professional development
  • Ability to use relevant information technology, electronic recording systems and data management tools
  • Current NSW Drivers Licence

For more information on headspace with Uniting, Click here

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

Benefits & culture

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a diverse cultural background are encouraged to apply. 

  • Salary packaging entitlements
  • Ongoing training & development, including cultural awareness training
  • Career development opportunities

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Enquiries to Rose Rivera, Talent Acquisition Specialist on 0438 206 164 or rrivera@unting.org using the subject line: Psychologist / Clinician - headspace enquiry via EthicalJobs. Reference 499071.

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