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Therapeutic Specialist - Child Protection - Katherine

CASPA Services Ltd

Job description

  • Newly created positions, with a fantastic opportunity to grow your career in a regional location
  • Excellent remuneration package | Roles sought for both Darwin and Katherine
  • Make a difference in the lives of children, young people, families and communities across the Northern Territory


CASPA Services Ltd is a not-for-profit organisation providing a range of specialised care services for children and young people and families with complex trauma-based needs and for people with disabilities. We support children, young people and families, people with disability and people with mental illness.

Our programs include Therapeutic Intensive Residential Care, Intensive Family Preservation, Therapeutic Foster Care, Restoration, and other associated care types, we are a registered NDIS provider and operate a social enterprise Maintenance and repairs business. We have approximately 450 employees working in communities across NSW, Queensland, and the Northern Territory.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our young people to ensure we can support each individual need and wants. We value equal employment opportunity and encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.


We are seeking a Therapeutic Specialist to join our Northern Territory team in Katherine. The Therapeutic Specialist plays a critical role in overseeing and coordinating the functions within the Intensive Therapeutic Care programs undertaken by CASPA Services Ltd.

You will demonstrate commitment to the care and protection of children and young people, predominately from Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, by ensuring implementation of the Intensive Therapeutic Residential Care (ITRC) model and all elements of therapeutic care are consistently applied across programs, services and practice.

A high level of cultural competency is extremely important for these roles, prior experience working with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander young people will be highly regarded.


  • Lead Intensive Therapeutic Care (ITC) out of home care teams
  • Ensure that quality therapeutic care consistent with the CASPA model is delivered to Children and Young People across the ITRC service, including within Therapeutic Care Homes
  • Facilitate Care Team Meetings, a culture of reflective practice, provide expertise and guidance during the formulation of Therapeutic Care Plans and Behaviour Support Plans
  • Continue to Develop a thorough working knowledge of best practice trauma recovery models and ensure evidence informed practices are in use across teams.
  • Monitor, coach, support, motivate and develop residential teams to enable them to deliver to the best of their ability
  • Provide an environment free of abuse, harm and exploitation for people we support


  • Tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Mental Health Nursing and/or similar
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience working with children, young people and families with trauma backgrounds. Membership (or eligibility for membership) with a nationally accredited association such as PACFA, ACA, AHPRA, AASW, APA
  • Detailed knowledge of, and practice in implementing multiple evidenced based therapies for children and young people
  • Significant experience using evidence based assessment tools with young people with trauma informed behaviour and using resultant assessments to inform planning
  • Detailed knowledge of human behaviour and the manner in which early childhood trauma affects children and young people
  • Skills in completing assessments of behaviour, mental health, risk, and functioning
  • Experience in developing biopsychosocial case formulations and comprehensive treatment plans
  • Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check, Child Protection Check and Working with Children Check.


  • CASPA actively supports staff to have a healthy work life balance
  • Free gym membership to support your wellbeing as well as a fully established team of therapists and clinicians for your personal wellbeing support
  • Access to internal and external training opportunities and workplace mentoring including you own clinical supervision sessions.
  • Great professional development opportunities for those who want career progression
  • An Employee Assistance Program, a free and confidential counselling service
  • As a not-for-profit organisation, our employees are able to take advantage of salary packaging to receive up to $15,900 of their salary tax-free, as well as additional meal and entertainment benefits
  • Growing organisation with great career opportunities.


Please click Apply Now to submit your application.

Applications will be assessed as received, a comprehensive Induction including Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training is offered for all positions with CASPA.

To ensure that your application is reviewed, include a current Resume, together with a Cover Letter that outlines your suitability to work with traumatised young people.

For further information please visit CASPA's Careers page https://caspacareers.connxcareers.com

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