Primary Objective: Provide services that improve the safety and wellbeing of students across the Northern Territory by supporting them to Engage, Grow and Achieve. This includes supporting educators and families to enhance their skills, knowledge and attitudes to ensure all students access quality, inclusive education in line with the departments School Counselling Action Plan 2019 – 2023.
Context Statement: The School Counselling Service is part of the Student Wellbeing and Inclusion division which collectively supports educators to enhance their skills, knowledge and attitudes to ensure all children and students access quality, inclusive education.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provide professional expertise, evidence based knowledge and direction to strengthen the capacity of schools and families to improve student wellbeing, including the delivery of child protection education and mandatory reporting training.
2. Contribute to the provision of critical incident responses across NT Government schools.
3. Contribute to the development and implementation of department and school policies and programs to improve the school counselling service and student wellbeing at a whole of school level.
4. Develop and maintain comprehensive professional networks within the department, across government and with other sectors to foster an integrated approach to student wellbeing.
5. Provide preventative and therapeutic interventions to students through programs, group work or short term individual counselling/casework.
6. Use research and data to inform continuous improvement processes, planning and reporting of the school counselling service.
1. Demonstrated experience in providing effective preventative, targeted intervention and short term individual counselling/casework services to students and families from diverse backgrounds.
2. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing whole of system approaches to strengthen the capacity of school staff and families to improve student wellbeing.
3. Significant knowledge and understanding of legislation and policy frameworks relevant to statutory welfare practice and related issues.
4. Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders including families and students from diverse cultures.
5. A degree in social Work or psychology which provides eligibility for; Membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or registration as a provisional psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
1. Post graduate qualification or other formal training in a discipline relevant to child and family welfare practice and supervision.
• A Working with Children Notice (Ochre Card) and current NT Driver License, or the ability to obtain, are required in this position.
• This is corporate based position servicing numerous schools which may include remote areas and applicant must be willing to travel to remote areas by car and/or light aircraft with overnight stays.