Child & Adolescent Therapist

  • 1 x Full Time Position
  • Located in Nowra

The Strong Foundations- Program is an early intervention program that provides culturally inclusive, school based support and education to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged 5-17 years and their families about mental health and wellbeing. The aim of the program is to raise awareness of mental health and improve the overall social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

15 November 2021


The Child and Adolescent Therapist will be responsible for delivering culturally appropriate, evidence based counseling services and support to Aboriginal children, their families and carers in both individual and group based settings, as part of the Strong Foundations Program. The Child and Adolescent Therapist will provide individual and group sessions, provide advocacy and referral where necessary, and provide advice to schools, educators and other health professional’s appropriate mental health, behavioral and emotional support for Aboriginal Children.

  • Commitment to working within SCMSAC vision and values
  • Provide quality case management, assessment, counseling and treatment services for Aboriginal children with emotional, behavioral and mental health problems at school
  • Assist in the acquisition and development of appropriate resources, including training, which covers the range of issues relevant to Aboriginal Children and their families
  • Provide support to the Strong Foundations program, including liaison with schools and community organizations, across schools, health and welfare services and other agencies
  • Comply with Strong Foundations program protocols for referral, assessment and reporting
  • Network and develop collaborative relationships with relevant government organizations and community agencies to build community capacity in order to successfully link children, young people and their families to support services
  • Provide parenting programs, support and assistance to parents, guardians and carers in developing skills to care for their child
  • Provide appropriate counseling, referral and support to children, young people and their families using a wide range of strategies including individual, group, family and community based interventions
  • Implement agreed measures and participate in evaluation, research and data collection activities as required as an ongoing part of the daily work of delivery of programs and counseling
  • Participate in strategies to disseminate the outcomes of the project including marketing the service to other agencies and communities within the region
  • Maintain appropriate files and case notes in line with organisational policies and procedures to meet legislative and funding requirements as directed by managers
  • Maintain computer based diary management system to enable effective and informed client bookings
  • Assist with the provision of administrative duties
  • Attend and participate professionally in team, section, SCMSAC staff meetings and other meetings and provide reports as and when required
  • Represent SCMSAC with regard to child mental health issues on relevant committees, working groups and community groups as directed
  • Ensure the quality of client service through participating in accreditation and quality improvement processes
  • Understanding of and capacity to implement EEO, WH&S, ethical practice and principles of a culturally diverse society
  • Comply with all SCMSAC Policies and Procedures
  • Undertake any other duties, consistent with skills and experience, as directed by the CEO or delegate

Applications must address the key competencies (selection criteria): For an Information Package containing position description, selection criteria and an employment application, please download above or contact Human Resources via email or call 02 4448 0200.

Preferred applicants will also be required to undergo a National Police Check and obtain a new paid employee Working with Children Check (as required by the Act) prior to appointment with South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Salary will be in accordance with the South Coast Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation Enterprise Agreement 2019-2022.