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Consultants x2 - Teaching Family Model, Northern

Berry Street Victoria
  • Job no: 8DDDK
  • Two Full time, permanent roles available
  • Homes located in Ivanhoe and Diamond Creek on Wurrundjeri Country
  • $110K plus super and salary packaging benefits.

The Opportunity

The State Government's commitment to therapeutically uplift Residential Care homes is a very welcome reform for us at Berry Street. Berry Street has successfully implemented an evidence-based model of care called the Teaching Family Model (TFM) in all therapeutic homes.

TFM is a therapeutic behavioural program, which sees children living with highly trained staff in a home setting. The TFM Practitioners use teaching interactions, relationships and skills building which is targeted to reduce challenging behaviours and increase pro-social behaviours. The model is trauma informed and helps young people identify personal stressors and develop appropriate self-regulation techniques.

The model is trauma informed and helps young people identify personal stressors and develop appropriate self-regulation techniques. Overall, goals of the program include reduced problem behaviours, increased pro-social behaviours, increased social skills, accomplishment of age-appropriate tasks, and relationship development.

The role of the TFM Consultant is to manage one residential home with up to four young people. The position is responsible for direct line management of a team of Practitioners including formal supervision and performance review. The key focus of the role is to walk alongside TFM Practitioners, as they learn and develop their practice in the model, this hands-on support is provided through on the job coaching, formal observations and consistent verbal and written feedback.

These two new Consultant roles will be driving implementation into an existing therapeutic residential homes. There may be a requirement to be part of the on-call/recall service as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for leadership and operational management of a core team and will support them to achieve success.
  • Mentor, coach and supervise staff with a common goal to improve outcomes for young people in care.
  • Provide supervision, monitor workloads and individual performance.
  • Role modelling the best practice principles and your understanding of the Out of Home Care System to young people and the team.

About you

With proven mentoring skills you will be a leader in advocacy for young people in care. You will have sound experience working with young people who live with the impacts of trauma and neglect. You will inherently inspire those who care for our young people through a thoughtful and proactive approach to leadership and coaching. Being self-motivated and driven will come easily to you as well as having a keen sense of professional development.

You will hold a Bachelor level qualification in Social Work or other relevant field.

Development and training opportunities in the TFM model will be offered to the successful candidate.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.


  • Above award salaries & penalty rates
  • Comprehensive training including AOD, First Aid, Health & Safety and more.
  • Regular supervision
  • A culture that values and supports professional development. 
  • $15,900 pa (pro rata) Salary Packaging + Additional Salary Packaging for meals/accommodation
  • 10 weeks paid parental leave + other generous leave conditions!
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program, with access for staff's immediate family
  • Leave loading 17.5% 

About Us

For over 140 years, Berry Street has adapted to a changing world, and we will continue to adapt to achieve our purpose. We believe children, young people and families should be safe, thriving and hopeful. Our Vision for 2026: Together we will courageously change lives and reimagine service systems. We look forward to working with our staff, carers, partners, supporters and government, to ensure children, young people and their families can create the future they imagine for themselves.


This exciting role will only be open until we find the right person. If you are considering applying we strongly recommend you do as soon as possible!

Applications including resume and cover letter addressing your suitability for the position to be submitted via the "Apply Now" button.

Queries to Gabby Thompson - Acting Senior Manager, Residential Care Services 03 9450 4700.

Please Note; the successful applicant will be subject to comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and National and International Police check if required and Victorian Carer Register clearance if applicable.

Berry Street is committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; children with a disability; children who identify as LGBTQIA+. We aim to ensure every individual is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their cultural background, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, spirituality or religion.

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