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Child Trauma Occupational Therapist

Branch: Canberra

Required for the Child Trauma Treatment Program


Are you an occupational therapist committed to working with children?


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


Come and be part of the Child Trauma Treatment Team


Competitive salary and benefits


Full time and /or Part Time position


Based in ACT


Exciting opportunity to work for one of Canberra’s largest community sector organisations. The Child trauma treatment team provides a multi-disciplinary approach to treating child trauma. The child team offers assessment and treatment of children who have experienced trauma using the Neurosequential Model Therapy (NMT) framework which looks at the impact of trauma on a child’s development allowing the OT, child and family to focus on developing the child’s skills. The OT will work alongside psychologists and a family worker as part of the MDT.


CatholicCare are looking for an enthusiastic occupational therapist to work with children in the child trauma treatment program. We are looking for therapists who have expertise working with children under 12 and their families.


The Role


The key responsibilities for the Child Occupational Therapist will be to improve the daily functioning of children between the ages of 0 and 12 years who have experienced trauma and enhance their ability to access and engage with education. This will be achieved by building sensory, learning, behaviour, motor, social and independence skills. The Occupational Therapist will develop individualised treatment plans that target identified goals which arise from the assessment process and are developed in conjunction with the child and family. Play will be used to engage children to support their participation, learning and skill development. Work with parents and carers to support them in learning the skills to nurture independence across all environments will also be an essential part of the role.



If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives and be a part of this new and exciting 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. A large group of highly skilled and specialist clinicians provide a great team environment, supporting learning and excellence.



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 qualification and current registration as an Occupational Therapist Experience delivering Occupational therapy to children. 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 Desirable


Relevant accreditation as Better Access to Mental Health endorsed Occupational Therapist or in the process of training to become endorsed


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


Please download the selection criteria:Child OT PD - trauma


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



Closing Date:  on 24 / 06/ 2020


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.