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Senior Psychologist Grade 3 (Ravenhall Correctional Centre)

Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health - Ravenhall, VIC

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JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Part time ongoing and full time fixed-term contracts available - P3
  • Based at Ravenhall Correctional Centre
  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements
  • Free onsite parking

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria. Completed in 2017, the new medium-security men's prison Ravenhall Correctional Centre is located in Melbourne's west, providing world-class forensic mental health services in Victoria in a purpose-built state of the art facility developed to international best practice standards.

About the role:

Working within a large psychology team at Ravenhall Correctional Centre, the Senior Psychologist provides a high level of clinical psychological expertise to Forensicare's services in the Moroka program. The multidisciplinary Moroka program provides psychologically-informed clinical forensic mental health assessment and intervention for prisoners with repetitive and entrenched complex and challenging behaviours related to mental illness, predominantly personality disorder. In addition to unit-based work, the senior psychologist will provide high level consultation and advice on complex clinical matters for prisoners that meet Moroka criteria within the wider Ravenhall Correctional Centre community. The position also provides consultancy and advice to other correctional centres, agencies and key stakeholders as required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to contribute to special projects, committees, and working parties within the organisation.

Duties:

  • Provides specialist psychological and psychometric assessments and reports.
  • Provides individual and/or group interventions within a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) framework.
  • Contributes to patient risk management plans in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary team and correctional staff.
  • Utilises high-level interpersonal skills to develop strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provides discipline-specific contributions to clinical practice and to program development.
  • Participates in the training and supervision of psychology staff and placement students.
  • Delivers training to staff within the Moroka program and across the prison system
  • Contributes to the ongoing evaluation of the program.
  • Participates in quality improvement initiatives within the Ravenhall Forensicare psychology department.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to ongoing professional development and clinical supervision.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to incorporating consumer and family/carer perspectives into service delivery at both an individual and organsation wide level.

Skills and experience:

  • At least five years’ experience in providing a high level of services with complex clients, ideally within forensic mental health or related settings.
  • Listed as an endorsed supervisor (or eligible for being and willing to become so listed) with AHPRA.
  • Knowledge of best-practice approaches in working with clients in the forensic mental health setting.
  • Expertise in providing individual and/or group treatment to clients with mental illness and/or emotional and behavioural issues.
  • Experience working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to improve outcomes for patients.
  • Training and experience delivering DBT-based interventions desirable.
  • Experience working with personality disorder desirable.

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

  • Masters or Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from an APS accredited course or equivalent, OR Doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology from an APS accredited course or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA)
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential
  • This position is subject to a Police Check.

Benefits:

  • We value our staff and provide a range of employee benefits including:
  • Great salary packaging conditions.
  • Excellent leave entitlements.
  • Post-graduate scholarship programs.
  • Significant access to professional development activities, including ongoing training and full orientation.
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including Employee Assistance Programs.

Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTQI, people with a lived experience of disability, as well as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Forensicare promotes the following values: responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect and leadership; and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke free environment.

Ravenhall, VIC

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