We are an essential service that will remain operational throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are proactively recruiting to meet the needs of our clients during this time.

Therapeutic Specialist. Permanent Full Time - Wollongong

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Employment type: Full Time
Location: Wollongong, Illawarra & South Coast
Categories: Child, Youth & Family

About the Organisation

Every day, Life Without Barriers provides support and care to children and young people, as we work collaboratively with families, carers, and communities, to ensure they have the environment they deserve to grow. With a focus on ensuring safety and respect, this is an opportunity to make a positive and meaningful difference in these young lives and help pave a brighter future.

Life Without Barriers is a leading social purpose organisation of 8,000 employees working in more than 500 communities across Australia. We support children, young people and families, people with disability, older people and people with mental illness. We work with people who are homeless and refugees and asylum seekers. Join a community of people dedicated to breaking down barriers.  

We want to employ people who reflect the diversity of our clients to ensure we can support each client's individual needs and wants. We encourage people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and people with disability to apply.

About the role

Joining our Intensive Therapeutic Care team in Wollongong you will deliver therapeutic interventions to children and young people who have experienced complex trauma and are living within 24/7 residential care homes.

Bringing your experience as a Psychologist, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse you will conduct assessments, develop, and supervise the implementation of therapeutic care and positive behaviours support plans and provide ongoing clinical support and training to staff.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide guidance and expertise in the formulation of Therapeutic Care Plans
  • Work with case managers to inform ongoing implementation and review of plans
  • Prepare positive behaviour support and individual crisis management plans
  • Carry out assessments of young people in LWB care
  • Facilitate monthly reflective practice sessions for direct care staff
  • Model and provide advice on CARE and TCI practices to staff
  • Communicate with relevant stakeholders to monitor wellbeing, progress, and outcomes of Children and Young People.
  • Ensure that consistent quality therapeutic care is delivered to Children and Young People in line with the CARE model.

Skills & Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or related discipline.
  • Current registration or eligibility to register with a relevant professional body
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience working in a therapeutic care setting or working in a clinical environment with Children and Young People in OOHC
  • Significant experience using evidence-based assessment tools with young people with trauma informed behaviour
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of child development and complex trauma and its effects on children and young people in out of home care

Please note: Mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations may be required for this position, in accordance with relevant Public Health Orders across all States and Territories. In these circumstances, evidence of vaccination will be required prior to an offer of employment.

Successful candidates will be required to clear probity checks including National Criminal History Record Check and Working with Children Check.


  • Competitive base salary + super + salary packaging + vehicle allowance
  • Up to $15,900 of our annual salary tax free through salary packaging benefits
  • Monthly rostered days off
  • Meaningful work opportunity with one of Australia’s leading social purpose organisations
  • Access to discounts and benefits at selected retail outlets, travel, cinemas, restaurants and MORE

How to Apply
Include your resume and covering letter in one document, click ‘Apply’ and follow the prompts. For any enquiries including persons with disability that require adjustments, contact Kestra Caller at recruitment@lwb.org.au

We are dedicated to playing our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and bring continuity of care and support to our clients. With this in mind, if you are successful, we will discuss with you an alternative to a face to face interview. 

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday the 15th of December, 2021 (AEST)

Life Without Barriers supports the Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability. We believe people with disability need to be heard and for these experiences to influence how support services like ours are delivered. View our statement here https://bit.ly/2GzZGWA

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