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Therapeutic Specialist - Family Based Care - Cairns

Life Without Barriers (National)

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the Role

The Therapeutic Specialist plays a coordination role within Generalist and Intensive Foster Care programs undertaken by Life Without Barriers. The incumbent demonstrates a commitment to the care and protection of children and young people by ensuring that the CARE model is consistently applied within the program, services and practice. To find out more information on the CARE framework please follow the link: https://www.lwb.org.au/our-approach/child-youth-and-family/.

This position is being offered on a permanent full-time basis and is based at our office in Cairns. A Tool of Trade vehicle (including fuel card) will also be allocated to the successful candidate.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop, review and support implementation of relevant plans (such as Positive Behaviour Support Plans (PBSP) and Individual Crisis Support Plans (ICSP)
  • Provide consultation to carers to promote emotional, behavioural and social development of children and young people in family-based care
  • Provide consultation services to LWB staff to promote emotional, behavioural and social development of children and young people in family-based care. Actively participate and contribute in Care Team Meetings and provide expertise and guidance during the formulation of Plans
  • Develop a thorough working knowledge of CARE and TCI in order to model the practices to staff and carers at all times and ensure the core principles of the CARE model are applied in all therapeutic interventions
  • Encourage innovative multidisciplinary responses to the individual needs of children and young people which address the impacts of abuse, neglect, separation from families and complex trauma

Skills & Experience

  • A tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nursing or other relevant disciplines
  • Demonstrated experience in a therapeutic care setting or working in a clinical environment with Children and Young People in care
  • Demonstrated experience using evidence-based assessment tools with young people with trauma informed behaviour and using resultant assessments to inform planning
  • Current Unrestricted Australian Drivers Licence

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check (where relevant to the role).


  • A remuneration package of $80k-$90k plus superannuation will be offered to the successful candidate as well as a Tool of Trade Vehicle and fuel card for reasonable personal use
  • Salary packaging tax benefits
  • Laptop and mobile phone provided
  • Excellent career development opportunities

How to Apply

Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply Now’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Stephanie at recruitment@lwb.org.au using the subject line: Therapeutic Specialist - Family Based Care - Cairns enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications may be reviewed prior to the closing date; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice.

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here (https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA).

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