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Senior Therapeutic Specialist

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CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a reputable not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

Senior Therapeutic Specialist


Mayfield, NSW

  • Provide dedicated consulting, assessment & training that support children in care.
  • Work in one of the Hunter-Manning’s predominant social services organisations.
  • Competitive salary & packaging benefits, fantastic development & training & more.

Join Us and Make a Difference to the Community

CatholicCare Social Services Hunter-Manning is a not-for-profit organisation and an agency of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. We offer whole-of-community support and empowerment options to those in need regardless of religion, age, gender, physical and intellectual capacity, or ethnicity. 

The Team

Recently, our Permanency Support Program (PSP) redesigned its positions to ensure we are providing exceptional case management to children, young people, their families and Authorised Carers (Relative/Kinship and Foster Carers) who we support.

We are now seeking a new Senior Therapeutic Specialist to join the team in Mayfield. 

The Opportunity

We are seeking an outstanding Senior Therapeutic Specialist to Specialist provide dedicated consulting, assessment and training support to the CatholicCare Permanency Support Program (PSP).

As a Registered Psychologist, the Senior Therapeutic Specialist proactively supports PSP Care Teams as they focus on achieving safety and permanency for vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home-care (OoHC).

The Senior Therapeutic Specialist is a clinical expert in trauma informed therapeutic care. You are a behaviour support expert whose role requires intensive engagement with Care Teams, Program Consultants, Specialists and Managers.

As the Senior Therapeutic Specialist you will work with external service providers to deliver collaborative psychological assessments, therapeutic interventions and professional services to PSP client groups. You will provide specialist advice and guidance in the development of therapeutic case plans, actively promoting the CatholicCare Therapeutic Models, (ARC+C and NMT).

You will also deliver training concerning the impact of trauma on brain development, providing advice and oversight to the therapeutic component of casework undertaken in PSP, including the legalities of Behaviour Support Plans and Restrictive Practices.

This exciting position is based in our office in Mayfield and is offered on a permanent full-time basis.

Benefits of Working With Us

  • receive an attractive salary with salary packaging (up to $15,899 per annum);
  • receive 3 additional days leave, Bishop’s Leave, between the Christmas and the New Year period annually;
  • paid Parental Leave for eligible employees;
  • fantastic ongoing training & development, coaching & mentoring and career progression opportunities;
  • a great friendly environment of dedicated and passionate co-workers;
  • discounted gym membership, Fitness Passport;
  • and more. 


To be consider for the position you must individually address each of the selection criteria below.

Essential Criteria:
  • Tertiary qualification in psychology with full registration with AHPRA.
  • A commitment to work within the Mission, Vision and Values of CatholicCare.
  • As required, the ability to administer and complete a variety of psychometric, developmental and cognitive assessments with children and young people.
  • Experience in developing, monitoring and delivering intervention strategies for children, young people, their family and carers.
  • Ability to mentor and guide others in relation to therapeutic approaches, behaviour support plans and restrictive practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate meaningful training packages regarding the effects of trauma for a wide range of stakeholders in a PSP environment.
  • As a member of the specialists’ team, contribute to operational and policy issues and change management strategies which support CatholicCare’s goals and objectives.
  • Participate and contribute to a culture of continuous learning and professional development to ensure practice knowledge and skills are contemporary, ethical and evidence-based.
  • Ability to demonstrate and work within the key accountabilities and inherent requirement of this position detailed in Section 12.
  • Current NSW driver licence.
  • Current paid Working with Children Check.

For more information about the role please click on the link either above or below this ad to view the position description or you can contact the Operations Manager PSP, Virginia Tsang on 0437 469 033.

To Apply

Please provide a copy of your current resume and a cover letter individually addressing each of the essential criteria.

*Please note that not adequately addressing the selection criteria will result in your application not being shortlisted.*

Additional Information

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle is a child safe organisation, committed to the protection of children and has zero-tolerance of any abuse of children. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check, retain a valid Working with Children Check where necessary and comply with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. 

Positions identified as child related employment at the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle must have a valid Working With Children Check. For more information, please visit the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian. 

This position has been determined as child related and a current Working With Children Check for paid employment is required. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an understanding of appropriate behaviours when engaging with children.

The appointment of successful applicants will be subject to satisfactory employment screening including the completion of a National Police Check, where applicable the retention of a valid Working with Children Check and adoption and compliance with our Child Safeguarding Policy and Code of Conduct. 

Covid19 Vaccination

The safety and welfare of our staff, volunteers and community in which we work is paramount for CatholicCare.  We recognise that being fully vaccinated is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves and the community against COVID-19. In keeping with our purpose of a stronger, fairer, and kinder society for our community, all employees of CatholicCare must have received at least two doses of a recognised COVID-19 vaccine before commencing employment. CatholicCare is committed to meeting our obligations under our funding agreements and public health orders and appreciate your understanding of our approach to protecting all staff, volunteers and the vulnerable within our community.  

Applications close 11.59pm on Thursday, 27 January 2022.

For further information please contact the Operations Manager PSP, Virginia Tsang on 0437 469 033.