Mental Health Practitioner - Box Hill High School

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Box Hill VIC 3128, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1220747
Location: Box Hill High School
Department: Box Hill High School
Role Type: Mental Health Practitioner
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 4
Apply By: 04/18/2021
Contact Name: Lynne Dwelly
Phone: 03 9877 1177
School Website: www.boxhillhs.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Box Hill High School is a learning community that fosters resilience, a passion for lifelong development and a commitment to impacting the world in positive ways.

The school was established in 1930 and has a long tradition of striving for academic excellence and establishing a strong positive learning environment for all students.

We are a co-educational and multi-cultural school with 1350 students enrolled from year 7 to 12. We have 110 teaching staff and 24 ES staff as well as a team of 3 Principal class officers.

The school’s motto ‘ad altiora certamus’ (to strive for the higher things) underpins all that we do. Combined with our school values of Respect, Creativity, Resilience and Growth we focus on developing young people who have high expectations of themselves and are ready and able to make a positive impact locally and globally.

Student learning, engagement and wellbeing is central to our work and the school has a range of programs in place to support the learning and growth of all students. These include our well established SEAL program (GAPP), Program for Students with Disabilities (PSD) as well as intervention programs in both Literacy and Numeracy.

Students have the opportunity to further develop their skills and talents through a variety of additional programs and extra-curricular activities including sports, music, performing arts, solar cars, robotics, debating, leadership programs and numerous clubs. There are also several opportunities for students to further their own personal development and enhance their global perspective through a range of international programs including a German Exchange Program, The World Challenge, USA Space Camp and the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program.

Student leadership, voice and agency is a priority at the school. Students have multiple opportunities to contribute to school governance as well as to shape the future direction of the school. Student leaders drive improvement in the areas of community, teaching and learning, environment and engagement and wellbeing.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  5. Ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.
  6. Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information.

Role
The Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) initiative provides for a suitably qualified mental health professional in all government secondary school campuses.

Operating in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training's Area-based multi-disciplinary teams, this role will have the following functions:

  • provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services for individual students and groups identified as at-risk and/or experiencing or demonstrating mild to moderate mental health needs;
  • coordinate supports for students with critical needs both within and external to the school, including proactively working with regions and other health professionals to engage further support as required; and
  • enhance promotion and prevention activities in the school by contributing to whole school health and wellbeing plans, building the capability of teaching staff and school leadership to manage student health and wellbeing, and helping to embed mental health promotion and prevention programs and strategies in the school.

Education Support Class Level 1 Range 4
The successful applicant will be an experienced professional who will carry out their duties and responsibilities, relative to their professional discipline, with a high level of autonomy and with minimal reliance on professional supervision. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and implementation of professional support programs within an educational environment, including guidance to other professional staff.

As an education support class position, this role supports the educational services being provided to students, but will not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).

For more information on the responsibilities of an Education support class level 1 range 4 employee, please visit:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/rolesTS.aspx