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Therapeutic Specialist – Darwin

Organisation : Australian Childhood Foundation

Location : Darwin

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Support Services, Families, Mental Health, Youth & Young People

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 28 Sep, 2019

About the role


  • Make a difference in the lives of children
  • Attractive salary and excellent benefits including, phone, tablet and salary packaging
  • Full or part time available initial 12-month contract

The opportunity:

We currently have a Therapeutic Specialist role available in our Darwin office on a full or part time basis providing therapeutic services across two Territory Family houses. This is an initial 12 month contract.

The Foundation has a partnership with Territory Families to deliver therapeutically informed Residential Care for two of their houses. The Therapeutic Specialist will assume the role of clinical lead and work closely with staff in each of the residences to support the implementation of a trauma-informed model and therapeutic interventions to children, young people and their families.

The residential care program seeks to provide a care context for children and young people who have experienced abuse and trauma that addresses the impact of the trauma on the child’s emotional, psychological, behavioural and social functioning. Through the provision of care that has a deliberate therapeutic intent, the placement seeks to actively promote the recovery of the child/young person from the effects of the trauma. A therapeutic care plan is developed for each child within the program and reviewed regularly.

The major elements of the therapeutic residential care program include the provision of an enriched, therapeutically intentional environment throughout all staff interactions. This will be achieved by an inclusive team approach, and the provision of specialised therapeutic support and training to carers/staff.

About the role:

We are seeking a passionate and energetic Therapeutic Specialists who will act as a specialist therapeutic consultant and practitioner within the therapeutic residential houses in partnership with Territory Families. You will be a key member of the support team for residential care staff and other professionals working with the children and young people.  

As the Therapeutic Specialist you will be responsible for the key areas of:

  • Program development, implementation and review
  • Specialist therapeutic support and advice
  • Therapeutic work with children
  • Delivery of training on trauma and therapeutic care
  • Advocacy and research

About you:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or working with traumatised children.
  • Willingness to undergo a Criminal Records Check
  • Current and valid Working with Children Check
  • Current drivers licence

Remuneration & Benefits: 

The salary package is based on the terms and conditions of a Social and Community Services Employee Level 6 under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.

This position attracts a competitive base salary + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging.  The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications.  In joining a strong, values based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • Professional Development (up to $1000 (pro-rata) per year)


About the organisation

Organisation Name : Australian Childhood Foundation

The Australian Childhood Foundation has a strong reputation for delivery of clinical services, professional training and secondary consultation programs built upon up to date and evidence and based upon theoretical frameworks including the neurobiology of trauma, attachment and relational theories and child development.  This theoretical framework provides the foundation upon which all elements of care and intervention are provided by the therapeutic care programs.

How to apply for this role

To apply:


Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children? 

Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to

Or for more information about the role or a copy of the position description please contact Georgia Pattison – HR Program Manager on 0409 648 566.

Applications will be assessed and continued until the right candidates are sought, no close date will be issued, if you are interested please apply as soon as practicable.

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please quote in application: Therapeutic Specialist – Darwin via Pro Bono Australia.

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