Educational Psychologist, Caulfield
- : MacKillop Family Services
- : 27-Jul-2020
- : Caulfield VIC 3162
Educational Psychologist, Caulfield
Permanent part time (0.8EFT) position
Opportunity to be part of establishing a new Caulfield Campus for MacKillop Education
Exciting newly created position in a new school! This is your opportunity to shape your new role, fully supported by the existing framework within MacKillop Family Services.
About MacKillop Education
The central goal of MacKillop Family Services is to support, to foster hope and to promote justice for children, young people and their families, particularly those who experience distress, disadvantage and abuse. Education is central to that goal.
Children in Out-of-Home Care are a high priority client group of MacKillop Education, as are adolescents at risk of leaving school without vocational skills. MacKillop Education currently provides education support to these young people, through outreach programs from three sites: Geelong, Maidstone, and Warrnambool. We offer education support through our Children in Residential Care Programs (CIRC) and the Western Education Support Team Program (WEST).
Our schools in Geelong (Foundation – VCAL), Maidstone (Years 3-6), and Caulfield (currently focussed on the primary years), cater for students who are disengaged, or at risk of disengaging, from education. The education programs provide flexible learning pathways and they equip participants with the skills to either remain at MacKillop School, re-enter mainstream school or, for senior students, to take up employment or further education options, including traineeships and apprenticeships.
About the role
The Educational Psychologist will work as part of the Wellbeing Team at MacKillop Education Caulfield and reports through supervision to the Education and Wellbeing Coordinator. This is a permanent part time position (4 days per week), commencing in July 2020.
The Educational Psychologist will:
• Provide high level clinical assessments and trauma informed interventions for the young people referred to the program and those who are our primary target group
• Work directly with teachers in classrooms to provide support to individual/groups of students
• Support teaching staff to develop individual learning and behaviour/safety plans which enhance educational outcomes for young people
• Develop the capacity of staff in an educational setting to respond effectively to young people whose learning and development has been impacted by trauma
• Provide support to families and carers to enhance wellbeing and educational outcomes.
To be successful in this role you will have:
• An appropriate tertiary qualification in Educational Psychology. Experience in an educational setting is essential (Post-graduate training in relevant child, adolescent and family clinical practice and systems theory is strongly preferred)
• Practice knowledge relevant to working with traumatised and vulnerable children, young people and families such as: child development and the impact of trauma; including the ability to provide therapeutic clinical assessment and trauma informed interventions
• A well-developed understanding of Attachment and Trauma Theories, their relationship to child abuse and neglect, together with an understanding of social, emotional and cognitive disabilities and an ability to assist others to understand their associated implications
• Experience in working with primary and secondary school students who are vulnerable and present with a social, emotional or cognitive disability
• A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within an interdisciplinary framework, including active participation in a classroom setting
• Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills and high level interpersonal skills including a capacity to develop positive relationships with students, parents, caregivers, staff and external agencies
• Evidence of personal values consistent with the values of MacKillop Family Services including a willingness to embrace the Sanctuary Model and Commitments.
Please view the Position Description for further information.
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated commitment to Catholic education and to the safety and wellbeing of children.
MacKillop is committed to being a child safe organisation. Applicants will be required to undergo a criminal records check and hold a valid employment Working with Children Check to be successful,
If you are passionate about the wellbeing of children and young people at risk, and you want to make a positive contribution to our team, then we would like to hear from you.
How to apply
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