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The Strength to Strength Program is a client-centred trauma informed therapeutic response for children and their mothers who are victim survivors of family violence, which includes therapeutic services delivered via outreach and through centre-based sessions.A partnership response has been formed to maximise client access, safety, empowerment, and therapeutic outcomes. The Therapeutic Demonstration Project, Strength2Strength operates through a partnership of key service providers including Family Life, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, SECASA and Peninsula Health.


A partnership response including Family Life, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, SECASA and Peninsula Health has been formed to maximise client access, safety, empowerment, and therapeutic outcomes.

Role Purpose

The interventions target children and their mothers from diverse populations, with the aim of

        Strengthening therapeutic responses and improving outcomes.

        Building evidence about effective practice approaches for responding to victim survivors of family violence, including victim survivors from diverse populations.

        Determining, through evaluation, how these approaches might be incorporated into future service delivery frameworks and organisational operating models; and

        Increasing access to a broad range of therapeutic approaches to family violence victim survivors including adults and/or children across diverse cohorts.


·        To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to deliver evidence based therapeutic services via outreach and centre based service to children impacted by Family Violence and support the innovation of service responses and sector reform

·        Provide trauma informed therapeutic intervention to children impacted by family violence

·        Carry and manage a caseload of clients who are children, in a coordinated multi-disciplinary team, working collaboratively to ensure the best outcomes for children

·        Based in Frankston three days per week and at Mornington one day per week, this role will work flexibly across a range of service delivery sites in accordance with accountability and compliance standards, including the provision of outreach support to ensure service accessibility. On Thursdays, the role involves starting at 12.00pm and finishing at 8.00pm in Frankston.

·        Perform other duties consistent with the position as required by the Family Life line Manager, the partnership and consistent with meeting the contractual and compliance obligations of the program 

Qualifications and Experience

·   Post graduate qualification in Counselling and/or qualified Psychologist

·   Demonstrated significant experience delivering therapeutic interventions for children who are victims of Family Violence.

·   Eligibility for full membership to an appropriate professional association.

·   Demonstrated experience in the provision of assessment and therapeutic interventions.

·   Ability to develop and implement trauma informed approaches to practice.

·   Experience in responding to various presentations of victims of family violence.

·   Experience delivering symbol play, arts or play therapies and drum and/or Solution Focused Talk Therapy techniques or other similar trauma informed therapies.

·   Willingness to provide an outreach service to engage with children and ensure accessibility.

·   A satisfactory Police Check

·   A current Employee Working with Children’s Check (WWCC)

·  Evidence of Covid-19 vaccination, or medical exemption

Position Description

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Paid Parental Leave

Paid Study Leave

Long Service Leave

Flexible Working Arrangements

How to Apply

To apply please review the hyperlinked position description and submit a short covering letter outlining your relevant skills and experience along with your CV to recruitment@goodshep.org.au. Personal data held by Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand relating to employment applications will be used in accordance with our Privacy Statement, which is available on our website.

Please apply as soon as possible, applications are considered as they are received.