Adaptive Minds Psychology is seeking a Provisional Psychologist to work in Project Booyah, a program that targets 'at-risk' youth. The position is contracted until 26th January, 2022, however it is likely this position will extend until 31st March, 2022 (current employee will be on maternity leave until then). The position is a shared role with a senior psychologist who will offer guidance, mentoring, direction and support. There is no qualified supervising psychologist at this location, so the provisional psychologist will require their own supervisor and it is likely this position will be a secondary location as part of the 4 + 2 or 5 + 1 pathway. The suitable applicant will be paid at the appropriate rate outlined in the Health Professionals and Support Services Award.

The Provisional Psychologist will be provided with training in the duties specific to the role and will perform duties aligned with the evidence based practice of the program to ensure all duties are conducted under an outcomes based framework with a focus on the emotional well-being of the young people and staff. The Head Office is situated in Loganholme, with most duties being completed at this location. There are program sites throughout Queensland and activities are at times conducted off site. There may be occasions where duties will be performed off site. Responsibilities for this role include:

  • Assess the suitability of applicants to participate in the program utilising a specific tool developed for use within the program.
  • Provide advice, assistance and support in the delivery of a CBT based resilience program. Monitor the content being delivered, ensuring it satisfies ASQA criteria and assessments are being conducted in line with industry standards.
  • Assessing the ongoing needs of the adolescent and their families, making recommendations to ensure the best possible treatment outcome is achieved.
  • Offering brief intervention strategies and/or other modes of treatment as deemed necessary for difficulties relating to anxiety, depression, addictions, social/ interpersonal problems, and risky behaviours in line with level of competency.
  • Apply sound level theoretical knowledge and intervention skills in child development, developmental trauma, attachment theory, systemic frameworks, and collaborative practice in the provision of a mental health service to children, adolescents and their family/carers.
  • Collaborating as part of an interdisciplinary team, working alongside other professionals (e.g., police, youth workers, nurses, social workers and teachers).
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Provide referral, advocacy, information, and some casework support services to adolescents, their families and staff.
  • Build strong professional relationships with staff and stakeholders to promote effective outcomes for the adolescents, the family and community.
  • Monitor appropriate programs and methods of treatment in collaboration with other staff.
  • Carry out any administrative or clerical tasks as required within the course of work including upkeep of client files, being familiar with program data base, writing reports and support letters etc.
  • Deliver programs, provide education and training to prevent mental health issues and improve the psychological wellbeing of staff.
  • Provide professional, confidential evidence based short-term mental health services to staff as necessary.
  • Provide information and referral options to employees who may require mental health services.

To be considered for this role the following criteria is essential:

  • Current registration as a Provisional Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the key research issues of Psychology in Australia
  • Current Blue Card (Working with Children check)
  • Well developed interpersonal and communication skills

The following criteria is desirable:

  • Prior experience working with adolescents
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, or equivalent

The suitable applicant will have the opportunity to perform work experience prior to employment commencing to assist with familiarity with role and to assist with completion of required hours for internship.

Part-time hours: 24 hours per fortnight

Application Deadline: 29/01/2021

Expected Start Date: 06/04/2021