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Child Mental Health Clinician

Branch: Canberra

Required for the Next Step Program


Are you a committed child mental clinician?


Do you want to support those families who can’t afford to access paid services?


Come and be part of the Next Step Program in the Child Team


Join a team of clinicians working in an exciting and innovative mental health program

An Australian first; make history by being part of this inaugural program!

Develop your CBT skills to ensure they mirror those used in research trials and help transform lives

Competitive salary and benefits

Full time and /or Part Time positions

Based in ACT


Exciting opportunity to work for one of Canberra’s largest community sector organisations. The Next Step program provides psychological interventions to adults and children experiencing mental health issues. The program is based on the Improving Access to Psychological Therapy initiative in the UK. It provides treatments identified in the international Cochrane Reviews as evidence based and as such provides CBT via disorder specific models. There is an initial 12 month training and supervision programme which allows clinicians to develop significant expertise in working within this framework.


The child team offers assessment and treatment of children with common mental health difficulties using predominately a cognitive behavioural approach applied in a systemic context.


CatholicCare is pioneering an Australian first program and are looking for enthusiastic clinicians to work with children in their Next Step Program. We are looking for clinicians who have expertise working with children under 12 and their families. are looking to develop their skills and expertise in delivering CBT via disorder specific models to adults and young people.Applicants looking for full time or part time positions will be considered.


The Role The key responsibilities for the Mental Health clinician will be to provide therapeutic interventions to children adults and young people with mental health issues and their families. Clinicians will be required to work from the CBT approach described in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies framework. Staff receive 12 months of training and ongoing supervision in this model.a predominantly CBT informed approach, utilising flexible modes of delivery to engage children.


If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives and be a part of this ground-breaking program, we want to hear from you!


What we offer Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers; helping people in the wider community in a new and innovative program. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option, and professional development in a family friendly environment.


About us CatholicCare is a large welfare agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Our mission is to provide quality services to people by promoting healthy, inclusive communities through relationships, partnerships and collaboration.


Selection Criteria The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • Relevant accreditation including one of the following; 1) Relevant Tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Nursing or Occupational Therapy (plus mental health accreditation endorsing the provision of psychological interventions).
  • General Registration with APHRA as a psychologist, both generally registered psychologists and clinical psychologists; 2) accreditation as a mental health social worker with  or Membership with AASW, 3) . a credentialed mental health nurse with ACMHN; 4) a Better Access to Mental Health endorsed Occupational Therapist.
  • Experience working in the mental health sector with childrenadults and young people.
  • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations and to manage risk.
  • Commitment to delivering evidence based practice.
  • Willingness to reflect on, review and challenge current practice and an openness to training and development.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, and good time management skills
  • Have an understanding of EEO, Work Safety and confidentiality


To Apply To apply you must:

  • Attach an updated resume
  • Include covering Letter (no more then one page)
  • Address each Selection Criteria above (no more then 2 pages)
Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.


You will also be required to undergo a National Police Check. To be considered for this role you will be also required to hold:

  • a current drivers licence, and
  • a Working with Vulnerable People Card
To access the Duty Statement:Child Mental Health Clinician PD


Please send your applications to: helen.maxted@catholiccare.cg.org.au


Closing Date: Until position is filled

*Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

CatholicCare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.