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Job Number : 23652
Type and Location : Psychologist / Sydney
Listed By : Parramatta Mission on 13 Feb 2018
Senior Clinician - Continuing Care Team, Youth Early Psychosis Program
  • Clinical/Reg'd Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Nurses
  • Base salary + superannuation + salary packaging benefits, Salary is competitive with NSW Health
  • Full-time 38 hours per week, 9 am – 5:00 pm weekdays, some flexibility may be required
  • Two positions available at headspace Parramatta

About Us

The headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) aims to provide early intervention services to young people with emerging serious mental illness, and their families, that are youth-friendly, accessible, consistent and seamless, and that provide ongoing care and support.

The hYEPP service will assist young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing a first psychotic episode or who meet criteria that indicate they are at ultra-high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. Such assistance will be in the form of early identification and effective, evidence-based interventions delivered by primary care and special providers working together within a collaborative, accessible and integrated service framework.

We are seeking highly motivated and dynamic Allied Health Professionals (including Clinical or Registered Psychologists, Social Workers, or Occupational Therapists) and Nurses to be a part of the Continuing Care Team (CCT) within hYEPP, providing services to young people, their families or carers, and the wider community.

Senior Clinician Position

The Senior Clinician in the Continuing Care Team is a key leadership position within hYEPP, working alongside the Team Leaders of the service. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of clinical leadership, consultation, support, and supervision as lead by the Team Leader, to a multidisciplinary team. They will be focusing on the provision of comprehensive continuing care management and psychological therapy to young people aged 12 – 25 years.

The Senior Clinician is expected to function autonomously as well as work collaboratively with the other senior clinicians within the program, to plan and develop services for these young people and their families which are consistent with best practice standards and evidence-based care, and are in line with the strategic direction and vision for hYEPP.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must meet the following selection criteria. Please address each of these in written form: 

  1. Current qualifications as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse
  2. Current full registration with AHPRA or eligibility for registration with AASW
  3. Current NSW drivers licence
  4. A minimum of 3 years clinical practice within the mental health field, with specific experience working with young people experiencing early psychosis or a first episode psychosis, and their families
  5. Ability to effectively engage young people and their families, including the ability to be creative and flexible
  6. Demonstrated skills in staff supervision and proven ability to contribute to clinical leadership in a multidisciplinary team
  7. A high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills, and a demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and external agencies
  8. Sound knowledge of contemporary evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people presenting with first episode psychosis and ultra-high risk clients
  9. Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan and coordinate individualised psychological interventions to meet the needs of young people with psychosis based on a case formulation approach
  10. Demonstrated ability to provide high quality assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions, within a stress-vulnerability and recovery framework for young people
  11. Sound knowledge and understanding of early psychosis rationale and principles including the developmental stages of young people and the effect that a first episode of psychosis has on development
  12. Demonstrated ability to be self-motivated and function autonomously as a leader while being able to effectively work in a multidisciplinary team
  13. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working partnerships with a range of personnel and services and to promote collaborative practice
  14. Flexibility in coping with organisational change, and demonstrated capacity to be innovative in clinical approaches with young people and their families/significant others
  15. Ability to maintain and develop the culture, philosophy, standards, guidelines, and policies of headspace.
  16. Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act and the Children (2007) and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  17. Provide and monitor support to clinicians regarding clinical work including supervision, access to secondary consultation and professional development activities
  18. Demonstrated commitment to clinical supervision, education, training, ongoing professional development and student clinical placements
  19. Ability to use relevant information technology, electronic recording systems and data management tools
Contact Details
For further information about the roles available, please contact CCT Team Leader - or call Alec Moseley on 1300 737616. Interested applicants should submit their applications addressing the above criteria to quoting ref: hYEPP Sydney. Only shortlisted applicants who address all selection criteria will be contacted for interview.

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