Are you an experienced Therapeutic Specialist looking for an opportunity to make significant contribution to the lives of children and young people living with disability?Be the Place You Want to WorkSalary packaging | Fitness Passport Diversity and Inclusion | Hybrid work environment About usWesthaven is and will continue to be the provider of choice for disability support services and accommodation across regional NSW.  Westhaven provides client-centric, high-quality programs and activities that provide whole-of-life support for people with disability, including offering houses that are homes, enabling choice and control and supporting clients to live life the way they choose.  About the roleAs the Therapeutic Specialist, you will provide clinical expertise across the Intensive Therapeutic Care for Children and Young People with Significant Disability (ITC-SD) service system.Key responsibilities:Primary responsibility for facilitating Care Team Meetings and coordinating the formulation and progression of the therapeutic aspects of Case PlansMentoring and supporting the Care Team and facilitating reflective practiceCollaborating with the funding body to determine client mixDeveloping, implementing, and training/supporting service delivery staff in behaviour support plans, including mandatory quarterly reviews of each child / young person’s behaviour support planTo be at the forefront of this opportunity you will have:Working knowledge of service pathways, networks, and initiativesDemonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices relevant to delivering quality services within a Disability organisationDemonstrated working knowledge of legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act, the NDIS Act, the Child Protection Act, and relevant legislation relating to safetyKnowledge and understanding of the 10 essential elements of Intensive Therapeutic Care and understanding of trauma, attachments, and child development theoryA thorough understanding of restricted practices including phase-out strategies and reporting requirements Understanding of the impact that trauma, abuse, and neglect may have on children and young people who have a significant disabilityDemonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal communities, families, and children specifically in relation to the placement of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHCDemonstrated ability to undertake child-focused behavioural assessments for Children and Young PeopleExperience in developing, implementing, and training/supporting service delivery staff in behaviour support plans, including mandatory quarterly reviews of each child / young person’s behaviour support plan. Essential requirements of the role:A tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Health, Allied Health, Social Services, or a related discipline (candidates that also hold a relevant Postgraduate Qualification will be highly regarded)Current registration with the professional body relevant to your qualificationCurrent NSW Driver’s licence Obtain and maintain a current paid Working with Children Check (WWCC)Obtain and maintain a valid National Disability Insurance Scheme Workers Check (NDISWC)Appropriate Covid-19 vaccination statusAbout applyingPlease submit your CV and a cover letter addressing your abilities to undertake the key responsibilities of this role. We encourage diversity and inclusionWesthaven is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage, and people with lived experience of disability.For more information or confidential enquiries please contact the People and Culture team at peopleandculture@westhaven.org.au. Applications close: 30 November 2022 100000 AUD Dubbo 2830

Therapeutic Specialist

Are you an experienced Therapeutic Specialist looking for an opportunity to make significant contribution to the lives of children and young people living with disability?

Be the Place You Want to Work

Salary packaging | Fitness Passport 

Diversity and Inclusion | Hybrid work environment 

About us
Westhaven is and will continue to be the provider of choice for disability support services and accommodation across regional NSW.  Westhaven provides client-centric, high-quality programs and activities that provide whole-of-life support for people with disability, including offering houses that are homes, enabling choice and control and supporting clients to live life the way they choose.  

About the role

As the Therapeutic Specialist, you will provide clinical expertise across the Intensive Therapeutic Care for Children and Young People with Significant Disability (ITC-SD) service system.

Key responsibilities:

  • Primary responsibility for facilitating Care Team Meetings and coordinating the formulation and progression of the therapeutic aspects of Case Plans
  • Mentoring and supporting the Care Team and facilitating reflective practice
  • Collaborating with the funding body to determine client mix
  • Developing, implementing, and training/supporting service delivery staff in behaviour support plans, including mandatory quarterly reviews of each child / young person’s behaviour support plan


To be at the forefront of this opportunity you will have:

  • Working knowledge of service pathways, networks, and initiatives
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices relevant to delivering quality services within a Disability organisation
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of legislation including the Disability Discrimination Act, the NDIS Act, the Child Protection Act, and relevant legislation relating to safety
  • Knowledge and understanding of the 10 essential elements of Intensive Therapeutic Care and understanding of trauma, attachments, and child development theory
  • A thorough understanding of restricted practices including phase-out strategies and reporting requirements 
  • Understanding of the impact that trauma, abuse, and neglect may have on children and young people who have a significant disability
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal communities, families, and children specifically in relation to the placement of Aboriginal children and young people in OOHC
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake child-focused behavioural assessments for Children and Young People
  • Experience in developing, implementing, and training/supporting service delivery staff in behaviour support plans, including mandatory quarterly reviews of each child / young person’s behaviour support plan. 


Essential requirements of the role:

  • A tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Nursing, Health, Allied Health, Social Services, or a related discipline (candidates that also hold a relevant Postgraduate Qualification will be highly regarded)
  • Current registration with the professional body relevant to your qualification
  • Current NSW Driver’s licence 
  • Obtain and maintain a current paid Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Obtain and maintain a valid National Disability Insurance Scheme Workers Check (NDISWC)
  • Appropriate Covid-19 vaccination status


About applying
Please submit your CV and a cover letter addressing your abilities to undertake the key responsibilities of this role. 

We encourage diversity and inclusion
Westhaven is passionate about social justice and diversity and is committed to being an EEO employer. We embrace diversity in our workforce and encourage applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island heritage, and people with lived experience of disability.

For more information or confidential enquiries please contact the People and Culture team at peopleandculture@westhaven.org.au

Applications close: 30 November 2022

  • Posted Date 09 Nov 2022
  • Location Dubbo
    NSW / Australia
  • Industry Community Services & Development
  • Job Type
  • Salary Not provided