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Therapeutic Specialist - Prevention Assessment Support and Treatment (PAST) Program

Sexual Assault Support Service
  • The opportunity to work in an exciting program that is one of a kind in Tasmania 
  • A chance to make a real difference - working in a very specialised space with children, young people and their families
  • You will be well supported and receive ongoing professional development from practitioners nationally and internationally

SASS manage a specialist Harmful Sexual Behaviour Program and are seeking a Senior Practitioner and Therapeutic Specialists to join the team and help shape the program.

The Prevention Assessment Support and Treatment (PAST) program specifically supports children and young people under the age of 18 years, who have engaged in inappropriate, problematic and/or harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The PAST program involves a broad scope of work with young people who may present with complex trauma, neurodiversity, learning disorders, disabilities and other complex behaviours or presentations.

SASS is a not-for-profit community-based 24/7 crisis response, counselling service and preventative program supporting people affected by sexual harm. SASS is guided by trauma informed principles, and highly values diversity, continuous quality improvement and staff development. The PAST Program is run in collaboration with Laurel House in the North and Northwest, as well as Mission Australia statewide.

About the Role

The Therapeutic Specialist – PAST Program will be working directly with children, young people and their families to provide support and therapeutic interventions around inappropriate, problematic and/or harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). HSB occurs for a variety of reasons, and it is the role of therapeutic specialist to assess the origins of the behaviour to allow for targeted planning, support and intervention. The role of Therapeutic Specialist – PAST Program, will include assessment, intervention, case formulation and care plans, case reviews and supervision with the senior practitioner, case notes and report writing, and care team meetings with other stakeholders. Therapeutic Specialists working within the PAST Program will receive ongoing professional development and clinical supervision specific to HSB, to ensure that young people and their families are receiving trauma-informed and evidence-based interventions specific to their needs.

Practitioners in the PAST Program are provided with specialised training around assessing the circumstances which led to a young person engaging in sexualised behaviours, and in turn identifying and delivering appropriate support and intervention.

Although your background may not be as a specialist in HSB, we encourage you to apply for this role if you: 

  • Are a skilled clinician with knowledge and experience in, working with children and young people in the areas of neurodiversity, complex trauma, disability and/or family therapy
  • Experience in delivering a broad range of trauma informed therapies

A current National Police Check and Working with Vulnerable People Card are requirements for all SASS employees.

All SASS employees are entitled to full salary packaging benefits, individual professional development budgets and additional leave over the Christmas period. This position is located at the new SASS offices in the Hobart CBD.

For a copy of the Position Description (inclusive of Selection Criteria) please contact [email protected] using the subject line: Therapeutic Specialist - Prevention Assessment Support and Treatment (PAST) Program enquiry via EthicalJobs or download below. We encourage you to contact Renae Pepper on [email protected] or call on (03) 62310044 to discuss these roles in more detail.

Applications must include a CV, and two-page cover letter responding to the Selection Criteria in the position description.  Applications to be submitted via the "Apply Now" button.

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