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Job Number : 32736
Type and Location : Psychologist / Adelaide
Listed By : Government of South Australia, Department for Human Services on 23 Feb 2021
Lead Psychologist
Youth Justice are seeking a Lead Psychologist to join the Youth Justice Assessment and Intervention Services (YJAIS) team.
Are you an experienced psychologist who loves working as part of a multi-disciplinary team?
Do you have great leadership skills and feel you can support and manage a team of experienced allied health staff to deliver exceptional professional services? 
Do you have a strong social justice ethos and the desire to make a real difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in the community?
If you like to think creatively, work flexibly, problem-solve complex challenges and have great variety in your work role, then please consider joining Youth Justice Services.
The AHP4 Lead Psychologist will coordinate, supervise, and provide support to the YJAIS team of psychologists, speech pathologists and occupational therapists to ensure the effective, sustainable maintenance of assessment, consultation, and therapeutic services across Youth Justice. 
The Lead Psychologist will also provide direct psychological service with clients of exceptional complexity and high risk, and provide expert advice for their management to departmental and interdepartmental stakeholders. 
The Lead Psychologist position will be accountable for: 
  • Provide leadership, supervision, performance development and effective deployment of YJAIS staff.
  • Lead the provision of YJAIS consultation services to senior and operational staff across Youth Justice Services in the effective management of young persons in accordance with sound psychological theory and practice.
  • Monitor quality practice systems through planning, coordination and leading workplace professional development, training, and supervision.
  • Provide expert advice to stakeholders regarding the management, treatment, and assessment of assigned clients of significant complexity.
  • Undertake complex case conceptualisation, diagnosis, and formulation of theoretically informed treatment planning.
  • Provide detailed psychological reports, participate in case conferences, and provide expert reports in the Youth Court, ensuring that parties are advised of risk status and criminogenic needs of clients.
  • Contribute to the research, development, review, and consultation processes which inform policy development.
Benefits of working within Youth Justice:
  • Make a difference in the lives of vulnerable young people and their families.
  • Opportunity to be involved with projects that are related to your work but may not be your core business. This enables you to be connected to the broader goals of the division and department and share knowledge across business units.
  • Ongoing learning and respect for Aboriginal culture, Youth Justice demonstrates a commitment to ongoing improvement in cultural awareness and responsiveness.
  • Opportunity to think creatively about how you apply your professional knowledge to help change young people’s lives
  • Work flexibility regarding hours and location. 
  • Access to professional supervision and paid professional development.
Essential Qualifications:  A Masters level qualification in Clinical or Forensic Psychology or equivalent qualification and registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law to practise as a Psychologist.  Psychology Board of Australia status as a Board Approved Supervisor.
Specific Conditions: A endorsement as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia is desirable. Successful applicant will be required to hold a National Police Check (NPC) and satisfactorily complete an Employment-related Screening Check where this is required for the role, prior to being employed. Must hold a current Australian issued Driver’s Licence (equivalent to minimum class ‘C’ – South Australian), which must be maintained. Incumbent must be willing and able to drive all government vehicles within their licence classification during the course of their duties.
Additional Information: You are required to submit a cover letter which should be no longer than two pages addressing how your skills, attributes, experience and capabilities align with the role description. You are also required to provide three work referees, preferably being your two most recent line managers and attach your current resume via the online application form. For further information and how to apply for this role please visit our DHS website
Role Status: Ongoing

Vacancy ID:  425564
Applications close:  8/3/2021
Contact Details
Ms Louisa Hackett

8169 1406/0417 892 034

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