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Psychologist - Multiple & Complex Needs

Complex Psychology

Complex Psychology is a boutique allied health consultancy that provides a range of allied health services. We are in high demand as a result of our experience assessing, coordinating and treating clients who have extremely complex needs and for our expertise in negotiating complex service system challenges. Due to high demand for our services, we are seeking a psychologist to undertake a variety of different roles. We are flexible regarding hours and happy to negotiate with the right individual.

At the heart of what Complex Psychology does is our dedication to working with clients who have multiple and complex needs. We provide the following services to the Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Justice, NDIS participants and Non-Government Organisations:

  • Forensic assessment, including pre-sentence assessments, forensic disability assessments, assessments for clients on orders under the Crimes (Mental Impairment & Unfitness to be Tried) Act and Supervised Treatment Orders, as well as assessments of risk of offending and treatment needs;
  • Assessment and development of care plans under the Human Services (Complex Needs) Act
  • Adaptive behaviour and intellectual assessment
  • Personality assessment
  • Coordination of clients under the Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative (MACNI)
  • Specialist Support Coordination under the NDIS
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments
  • Development of Behaviour Support Plans
  • Assessment of service system issues and the provision of advice to address system barriers within care teams
  • Specific assessments and consultation around particularly challenging issues
  • Psychological treatment
  • Training
  • Secondary consultation
  • Occupational Therapy assessment (including sensory and functional skills assessment)

Due to the expansion of our practice, we are seeking a psychologist who is keen for a challenge, but looking for a flexible, interesting and supportive workplace. The Complex Psychology offices are located in Port Melbourne, but even prior to COVID-19 we've provided flexible arrangements with some capacity to work from home. We pride ourselves on developing employment arrangements that allow flexibility around study/children and other life commitments.

Ultimately, we are looking for someone who is keen for a professional challenge and thrives on working with clients who have extremely complex issues, including co-morbidities such as serious mental illness, intellectual disability, acquired brain injury, severe substance misuse, neurodevelopmental disorders and who present a risk to themselves, others and the community. Despite the challenges our clients face, we are committed to working with them within an ethical and strength based framework.

Applicants with a range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those with experience in forensic services/corrections/prisons, disability, AOD programs, clinical/forensic mental health services and program management.

Key selection criteria

All applicants must meet the key selection criteria, as outlined below:

  • Full registration as a psychologist with the Psychology Registration Board of Australia/AHPRA.
  • Demonstrated experience working with clients who have complex needs, for example a combination of intellectual disability, brain injury, severe substance misuse, autism spectrum disorder and serious mental illness
  • An understanding of positive behaviour support and the development of behaviour support plans
  • Experience in evidence-based assessment, including the use of psychometric instruments
  • An interest in risk assessment and working with clients who engage in problem sexual behaviours, violence and significant self-harm
  • A desire to collaborate with other health professionals and the confidence and expertise to provide clinical advice in a professional capacity
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to confidently facilitate training, meetings, presentations and other group activities
  • Highly developed report writing skills
  • A current and valid driver’s licence and access to own vehicle to use for the purpose of attending appointments
  • A Pre-Employment Criminal Record Check, Working with Children (WWC) Check and Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) check.

Psychologists based in rural and regional areas are also encouraged to apply.

Note: Psychologists wanting to undertake a registrar program will be considered as long as they meet the key selection criteria.

Internal and external supervision is provided, as is regular CPD. Travel within Victoria, including some limited travel to rural and regional areas may be a part of the role and it is essential that applicants have access to their own vehicle.

We encourage applicants to make contact to discuss the role with either Michelle James, Senior Psychologist/Team Leader, on 0488 071 424 or michelle.james@complexpsychology.com.au (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), or Jacqui Brown, Clinical Psychologist/Director, on 0427 721 076 or jacqui.brown@complexpsychology.com.au (Thursday and Friday).

For more information about our organisation, visit www.complexpsychology.com.au.

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