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Mental Health Practitioner

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Work type: Permanent Part-Time
Location: Frankston
Categories: Child Welfare, Youth and Family Services, Community Development, Other, Other, Other, Psychology, Counselling and Social Work

Summary of program and its objectives:

In 2017, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence established the specialist senior secondary, David Scott School (the School), based on work undertaken to deliver Community Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) at the Frankston High St Centre. The David Scott School, delivers the VCAL curriculum in an integrated and highly individualised education program, to meet the needs of young people (aged 15-19) in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula region. Enrolled students are unable to participate in mainstream schooling because of a range of complex personal and educational barriers, and are at risk of, or have disengaged from education. The School delivers an innovative applied learning model informed by evidence about what works for re-engaging and maintaining young people in education, and in preparing them for the world of work and/or further study. The School also provides career pathways support in conjunction with multi-disciplinary well-being support for students facing complex and challenging circumstances (for example, family issues, substance misuse, mental health, socio economic, housing and social and emotional issues) to allow them to complete their education.


Main responsibilities of the role:   

This position will provide mental health supports to students aged 15 – 20 years. The Mental Health Practitioner will work in a multi-disciplinary team with a Senior Teacher of wellbeing, Youth & Family Practitioner and Youth Worker and engage with external health and allied health professionals. In a specialist VCAL education setting, the Mental Health Practitioner will also deliver early intervention and prevention, adolescent health promotion programs, facilitate, liaise and manage external referrals, participate in student-centred support meetings, and contribute to and monitor student health and wellbeing plans. This role will be responsible for undertaking mental health assessments and will inform and support reasonable adjustments for students eligible for funding under the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data for Students with Disabilities (NCCD).


To meet the selection criteria, candidates will require:



  • A Bachelor qualification or specialist/post graduate qualification where applicable in any of the following; Social Work, Psychology, Counselling (with a specialisation in educational or adolescent counselling), Nursing with a mental health specialisation.
  • Current applicable professional membership (such as Australian College of Mental Health Current applicable professional membership (such as Australian College of Mental Health) or eligibility to meet this criterion.
  • Well-developed knowledge and experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues including crisis management and early intervention, and providing evidence-based direct counselling.
  • Possess a broad understanding of the Australian Mental Health services/systems to support and facilitate referrals.
  • Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information.
  • Demonstrated understanding of youth issues including but not limited to: substance misuse, mental health, adolescent/family violence, family conflict, socio economic barriers and housing.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work within a multi-disciplinary approach, work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Understanding of and empathy with the values and ideals of the Brotherhood.


  • Understanding and demonstrated experience of NCCD requirements
  • Demonstrated experience in a secondary school/education setting


This is a permanent part time position working 30 hours per week in Frankston, VIC.

Salary will be based on skills and experience plus superannuation. Attractive salary packaging provisions are available to increase take home pay. For further information about the role phone Jodie Long on 03 8781 5911. The closing date for this vacancy is 04/06/2020 at 11:55pm.


 As part of the Brotherhood’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo pre-employment checks as required, applicants will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and current professional registration.


 The Brotherhood of St Laurence has a vision of an Australia free of Poverty. We embrace, and value, diversity of culture, working arrangements, sexual orientation and gender identity to ensure our workforce is representative of the community that we work within. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include and welcome unique contributions of all people. We embrace and celebrate the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff, their skills and contribution to our organisation.   




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