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Senior Therapeutic Practitioner

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Organisation : Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) via BigSplash

Location : Melbourne (Preston)

Work Type : Full-time

Sector : Children, Families, Indigenous

Salary Type : Annual Package

Salary : $80,000 - $90,000

Application Closing Date : 18 Nov, 2018

About the Role

  • Preston Based
  • Full Time position
  • $80,000 -$90,000

The Opportunity

VACCA is in the process of implementing trauma informed practice across all of its programs. As part of this, VACCA has developed a therapeutic trauma informed practice team, led and managed by the Manager, Aboriginal Children’s Healing Team.

The Senior Therapeutic Practitioner will:

  • Provide trauma informed practice leadership in accordance with program guidelines for the delivery of Therapeutic out of home care and broader VACCA programs as required.
  • Provide leadership in the implementation of the program including assessment procedures, needs identification, risk assessment, therapeutic practice guidelines, clinical case documentation and therapeutic intervention planning.
  • Provide/ensure regular fortnightly supervision to Therapeutic Practitioners within the ACHT
  • Contribute to the continuing successful identification of service delivery gaps within VACCA’s Out of Home Care Programs.


To be considered for this role you must demonstrate:

  • Commitment to VACCA’s vision and purpose.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal culture and values and the ability to effectively communicate with Aboriginal children and their families and a demonstrated ability to contribute to Aboriginal children’s emotional, physical, psychological and cultural development.
  • Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and cultures and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the diversity of circumstances of Aboriginal people
  • Proven ability to work successfully with Aboriginal children with a range of complex and diverse needs and an ability to respond therapeutically to Aboriginal children’s pain-based behaviours indicating an understanding of the impact of trauma and disrupted attachment on children.
  • Developed understanding of the importance of culture and community connection as a means of addressing childhood trauma.
  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Family Therapy or a related discipline. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in trauma informed assessment and therapeutic practice with children and young people in out of home care and their families.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) via BigSplash

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA) operates within the context that Aboriginal children continue to be significantly over-represented in the protection and care system within Victoria. VACCA considers that it has the responsibility and the opportunity to promote, advocate for and achieve positive changes in the lives of Aboriginal children, their families and the broader Aboriginal community.

If you like to be part of an organization that strives in strengthening the safety and wellbeing and cultural connectedness of Aboriginal children, individuals and families in their community, we want to hear from you.

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Please quote in application: Senior Therapeutic Practitioner via Pro Bono Australia.


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