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Psychologist / Practice Design Specialist

The Parenting Research Centre
  • Want to use your knowledge, skills and experience to advance best practice and innovation in parenting and family support?
  • Flexible, Part Time Opportunity (.6 FTE - 22.8 hours per week) + 5 weeks annual leave!
  • City Fringe location

About the Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) seeks better outcomes for children by increasing effectiveness in the way families are supported in their parenting. We work collaboratively with our clients to deliver tailored, outcomes-focused solutions based on the best available evidence.

We are an independent, non-profit organisation and work with governments and community organisations in the fields of child health, education and welfare.

About the Opportunity

PRC is now looking for a Practitioner/ Practice Design Specialist to join the team in the Melbourne office (although we are all currently working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic). This position will work across various projects including the MyTime program which supports families and carers of children with a disability or chronic medical condition to connect, build supportive relationships and gain confidence and knowledge. 

This role will initially be offered on a 12 month fixed term contract with a view to ongoing employment and would suit someone with a background in psychology, disability, social work or similar who is committed to, supporting organisations, teams and practitioners in improving the quality of practice in working with families.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, you will primarily be responsible for undertaking the adaptation or design of evidence-informed practice and resource guides, frameworks, programs and training materials. You will also be involved in various research and evaluation activities.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include:

  • Working with internal and external stakeholders, via workshops, forums or other means, to identify how existing practices/programs are intended to achieve positive outcomes for children and where there are gaps.
  • Working with subject matter experts and practitioners to propose, plan and co-develop practice support resources (e.g. practice guides, training resources, brief interventions) drawing on best practice and research evidence.
  • Developing training and implementation resources to support effective practices.
  • Seeking to apply a systems-level focus to practice development and workforce support, where relevant.
  • Engagement in feedback loops and evidence checks to ensure that the designed practices, practice elements and related resources are of high quality and are accepted and implementable by the target group.

About You

The successful candidate will hold a post-graduate qualification in Psychology, Social Sciences, Public Health or other relevant fields, along with experience working with practitioners to increase their skills and knowledge.

You will have a strong philosophical commitment to the scientist‐practitioner model and be able to use your knowledge and expertise in evidence-based, best practice, in the development of practice frameworks, resource guides, training materials and the like.

You will have demonstrated experience in working with and engaging stakeholders in collaborative design processes and be able to understand and incorporate diverse views into practice design, including the willingness to engage in a continuous quality improvement and feedback processes to continually trial and refine practices or resources as needed.

Your exceptional written and verbal communications skills will ensure a high level of personal productivity and work impact, while your excellent interpersonal skills ensure your ability to design, adapt, and support the systematic application of practices and programs.

Experience working with diverse client groups, in addition to high-level knowledge and experience in areas such as child mental health interventions, child disability, development or parenting support will be highly regarded.

About the Benefits

In recognition of your hard work and dedication, you will enjoy an attractive remuneration along with a range of benefits including:

  • A supportive, flexible and autonomous working environment;
  • 5 weeks leave each year with the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Support to develop your skills and practice; and
  • Opportunity to be part of exciting projects and make a difference in the lives of parents and children.

Best of all, you will gain tremendous satisfaction in this rewarding role where you will have the opportunity to support parents with raising happy and healthy children.

If you're ready for a new challenge and want to join a supportive and dynamic organisation — Apply Now!

We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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