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Psychologist - Taree

Wesley Dalmar - Family Preservation Program

    • part-time position. 3 days per week
    • based in Taree, working throughout the Taree to Coffs Harbour North Coast Region
    • opportunity to expand your skills

About us

Wesley Mission is a high profile, multi-faceted Christian organisation making a real difference in the community. Our Vision is "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."


About the role

Wesley Mission is seeking a Psychologist to join the Wesley Dalmar Family Preservation team. The position offers challenging and rewarding opportunities to work in the family home with children and birth parents residing between Foster and Kempsey, within a trauma-informed framework providing therapy to birth parents, to address underlying psychological needs and enhance parenting capacity to prevent children moving unnecessarily into foster care.


Essential criteria

  • degree qualification (minimum bachelor’s degree) from a recognised tertiary institution in Psychology, and has a full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia, or working towards same
  • significant experience providing psychological support to families
  • comprehensive understanding of key risk factors and the effect of trauma on childhood development
  • demonstrated psychosocial knowledge, clinical reasoning and practice skills that enhance the service’s ability to assess the social, psychological, environmental needs of complex clients within the clinical specialty area of child protection and developmental trauma
  • demonstrated ability to conduct comprehensive clinical assessments and formulate intervention plans
  • understanding of positive behaviour management techniques
  • experience working within a strength-based framework to increase children and young people's resilience and positive lifestyle outcomes
  • demonstrated ability to engage with children/young people/carers where there are high and complex needs and work in partnership with them to achieve their goals, using a variety of intervention strategies from a range of theoretical models
  • demonstrated high-level communication (written and oral), negotiation and advocacy skills
  • sound record keeping, data collection and management, statistical analysis, report writing and computer skills including an ability to concisely and accurately record all key interactions and case-notes
  • able to work collaboratively with other internal services and external stakeholders to achieve client needs and therapeutic and developmental goals
  • able to work autonomously and as a part of a team
  • availability to work flexible working hours including some evenings
  • current unrestricted NSW driver’s licence and a willingness to travel as required.



Salary and conditions of employment are based on the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry (SCHADS) Award, Level 6, with generous salary packaging opportunities.

Wesley Mission provides regular supervision and support for all staff and opportunities for professional development.


Apply now

For an information package, please contact Rachel Geddes via email at:

For further information or information on salary and conditions of employment, please contact Rachel Geddes (Program Manager) directly on 0419 630 442

Written applications must address the above criteria and be sent via email to Rachel Geddes at:


Applications close: Monday 14 December 2020, by 5 pm.


Wesley Mission is a Christian organisation requiring all staff to affirm its values. We are committed to providing an environment in which children can feel safe and valued.

The suitable applicant will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions within Wesley Mission (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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