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Lead Practitioner - Functional Family Therapy

Anglicare Victoria
  • Full time parental leave contract based in Lalor
  • Strengthen the benefit of services to young people involved with Youth Justice and DHHS
  • Salary classified within the range of SCHADS Level 7 with Salary Packaging available

About Us:

At Anglicare Victoria our focus is on transforming the futures of children and young people, families and adults. Our work is based on three guiding pillars, Prevent, Protect, Empower. We offer a comprehensive network of services and seek to ensure the provision of high quality services that will bring about significant improvements in the life experience of the young people, children and families/caregivers with whom we work.

The Role

Anglicare Victoria’s Lead Practitioner- Functional Family Therapy (FFT) role, is an exciting role which combines service delivery and leadership within an evidence based model. FFT is a program which aims to help young people and their family to repair and strengthen their relationships, improve the way they communicate and reduce conflict in the home.

FFT is a short term, assertive outreach, evidence based intervention program with an average of 12 to 20 sessions over three to five months.  FFT is a strengths-based model built on a foundation of acceptance and respect. The program has supported many adolescents and their families in various multi-ethnic and Indigenous cultural contexts globally.

There are five major elements of FFT-CW, which are:

  • Building a trusting relationship between the family and practitioner
  • Working to reduce conflict and to increase hope and a positive family environment.
  • Identifying how family interactions can affect behaviour.
  • Working to improve communication and conflict management skills.
  • Extending changes into other areas, such as when other people in the family’s support network are brought in, e.g. extended family, teachers, youth justice workers.

FFT works primarily with young people aged 10-18 who have behavioural or emotional issues, and have been referred by youth justice, mental health, child protection, or education services. 

The FFT® model has been selected as part of Youth Justice supports to young people on a Youth Control Order and subject to bail conditions. Our organisation will be covering the North/West areas of Melbourne.

You will receive direct training and coaching from FFT LLC helping you to become skilled in the model.

Key Selection Criteria

To be successful in this role the The Lead Practitioner - FFT® will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications, preferably in social work, psychology or behavioural sciences or equivalent
  • Excellent skills and experience in leading and developing a team environment with a shared purpose of learning, innovation and continuous improvement
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the child and family service system including, relevant legislative and statutory provisions and frameworks, compliance requirements and principles
  • Demonstrated experience in, or knowledge of, family/care giver systems theory, behavioural and cognitive therapies and the application of these in working with young people and families experiencing multiple and complex challenges
  • Excellent skills in providing case consultation and advice to complex cases, particularly around risk, safety and wellbeing assessments
  • Advanced skills in reflective and innovative thinking, including the ability to actively seek, reflect on and apply  feedback to develop practice

To Apply

Applicants with FFT or FFT-CW experience are encouraged to apply.

Please Note: It is mandatory for the successful applicant to hold a current Working with Children Check and be prepared to undergo a National Criminal History Check prior to commencement

Detailed Position Description Download File PD_FFT Lead Prac_FFT_North_PLeave_June 2020.pdf

To apply for this position you will need to complete the online application. You will be requested to attach your resume and your responses to the Key Selection Criteria as separate documents.

For further inquiries contact Shannon Harris on 0439 194 207.

Anglicare Victoria acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we operate. We commit to working respectfully to honour their ongoing cultural and spiritual connections to this country.

Diversity and inclusivity are important to Anglicare Victoria and we are committed to ensuring our workplace and services reflect this.  Everyone is welcome at Anglicare Victoria, regardless of age, ethnicity, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation and physical ability.

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