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The Family Therapeutic Practitioner works in partnership with families to achieve their goals, support recovery from family violence, improve family relationships and functioning and ensure the safety of all family members.


  • Contribute to a multi-disciplinary team approach, delivering evidence based therapeutic services to women and young people impacted by family violence
  • Provide high-quality therapeutic responses for families with multiple and complex needs
  • Assist families through crisis situations
  • Provide support to develop strategies and skills to feel safe and connected and explore feelings and emotions related to family violence and trauma experiences
  • Develop holistic plans identifying therapeutic needs and goals for families and contribute to the case planning process
  • Work with parents to further develop their parenting skills, with an understanding of child and adolescent development
  • Work with the Young People’s Therapeutic Practitioner to develop strategies to build parent/carer trust to talk about the impact of trauma and family violence
  • Using an intersectional approach and a trauma informed lens, support families toward healing and recovery from family violence
  • Engage with individuals and the family unit in ways that are constructive and creative
  • Develop and facilitate therapeutic group work programs
  • Coordinate referrals for support and liaise with specialist services as required
  • Implement the MARAM framework and undertake risk and needs assessment and safety planning as required
  • Understand information sharing and the organizational requirements of FVISS/CISS
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Child Safe Standards
  • Collaborate with a range of agencies and service providers to ensure that the individual and family needs are met
  • Provide advocacy for the rights of all members of the family unit to access services within their community
  • Provide secondary consultation to the family violence team and as required, to other internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage competing tasks and prioritise effectively
  • Contribute to care team meetings

Qualifications and Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology or related discipline, post graduate qualification in counselling desirable
  • Eligibility for membership to an appropriate professional association
  • Experience in delivering therapeutic interventions, ideally for families who have experienced family violence
  • An ability to draw on and apply a range of relevant theories and therapeutic practice that relate to family violence and trauma recovery
  • Ability to work autonomously, as part of a multi-disciplinary team approach
  • Current Victorian driver’s license
  • A satisfactory National Police Check
  • A satisfactory International Police Check (if you have resided outside of Australia within the last 5 years)
  • A current Employee Working with Children’s Check (WWCC) or state equivalent

Position Description

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Why Good Shepherd?

Salary Packaging

Development & Learning Opportunities

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 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.