The headspace Youth Early Psychosis Program (hYEPP) aims to provide early intervention services to young people with emerging serious mental illness, and their families, that are youth-friendly, accessible, consistent and seamless, and that provide ongoing care and support.
The hYEPP service will assist young people aged 12 to 25 who are experiencing a first psychotic episode or who meet criteria that indicate they are at ultra-high risk of developing a psychotic disorder. Such assistance will be in the form of early identification and effective, evidence-based interventions delivered by primary care and specialist providers working together within a collaborative, accessible and integrated service framework.
Purpose of the positions
We are seeking highly motivated and dynamic Allied Health Professionals (including Clinical or Registered Psychologists, Social Workers, or Occupational Therapists) and Nurses to be a part of the Continuing Care Team (CCT) within hYEPP, providing services to young people, their families or carers, and the wider community.
Clinicians in the hYEPP Continuing Care Team will be providing long-term case management and psychological intervention to young people and their families with hYEPP. The role involves intake, assessment, engagement, psycho-education, clinical intervention, attendance at psychiatric review appointments, liaison with other services and relevant individuals, with an over-arching focus on care co-ordination. Groups are also run as part of hYEPP, and there is scope to be involved in their facilitation.
Senior Clinician position
The Senior Clinician in the Continuing Care Team is a key therapeutic leadership position within hYEPP. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of clinical training and supervision to a multidisciplinary team, specialising in the provision of comprehensive continuing care management and psychological therapy to young people aged 12 – 25 years.
The Senior Clinician is expected to function autonomously as well as work collaboratively with the other senior clinicians within the program, and their team leaders to plan and develop services for young people and their families which are consistent with best practice standards and evidence-based care, and are in line with the strategic direction and vision for hYEPP.
Positions available at headspace Mount Druitt.
Candidates must meet the following selection criteria. Please address each of these in written form:
- Current qualifications as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Nurse. Current full registration with AHPRA or eligibility for registration with AASW
- Current NSW drivers license
- A minimum of 3 years with specific clinical experience working with young people experiencing early psychosis or a first episode psychosis, and their families
- A high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving and negotiation skills, and a demonstrated ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and external agencies
- Sound knowledge of contemporary evidence-based practices and therapeutic interventions for young people presenting with first episode psychosis and ultra-high risk clients
- Demonstrated ability to collaboratively plan and coordinate individualised psychological interventions to meet the needs of young people with psychosis based on a case formulation approach
- Demonstrated ability to provide high quality assessment and evidence-based psychosocial interventions, within a stress-vulnerability and recovery framework for young people
- Sound knowledge and understanding of early psychosis rationale and principles including the developmental stages of young people and the effect that a first episode of psychosis has on development
- Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act and the Children (2007) and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
- Provide and monitor support to clinicians regarding clinical work including supervision, access to secondary consultation and professional development activities
To be eligible to apply for this position you must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have an appropriate Australian or New Zealand work visa. Successful appointment to this position is subject to a satisfactory National Criminal History check and the candidate's provision of a valid Working With Children Check.
headspace welcomes applications from people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and people with a lived experience of mental illness.
Interested applicants should submit their applications addressing the above criteria to Josh.Onikul@unitingrecovery.org.au quoting ref: hYEPP MDCCT. Only shortlisted applicants who address all selection criteria will be contacted for interview.