Mental Health Practitioner - Mordialloc College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Mordialloc VIC 3195, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1222988
Location: Mordialloc College
Department: Mordialloc College
Role Type: Mental Health Practitioner
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 4
Apply By: 04/19/2021
Contact Name: Michelle Roberts
Phone: 03 9580 1184
School Website: www.mcsc.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Purpose: Mordialloc College provides a challenging learning environment where students feel safe and supported to succeed in a wide range of opportunities and pathways. Our students will become confident, successful and valuable citizens in their local and global communities.

Values: Values are shared beliefs about how we work together. They influence our choices and provide a framework to guide our intentions, actions and decisions in the workplace and in the communities in which we operate. The following four core values we believe will lay the foundation for our future success.

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.

Community and Demographics: Mordialloc College is located immediately adjacent to the eastern beaches of Port Phillip Bay and enjoys excellent bus and rail access to neighbouring municipalities

It is a single campus 7-12 college and has been an integral part of the local community since its establishment in 1924 and celebrated 90 years of education in 2014

A diverse range of families from mixed demographics and an SFO of 0.4506

Over the last five years there has been a significant increase in Year 7 enrolments, with 250 students expected in 2020 to take our whole school enrolments from 950 this year to 1100 in 2020

Gender mix across the College is slightly uneven with male students comprising 58%

Enthusiastic and professional staff comprising of 69.7 EFT teachers and 23.1 EFT ES staff

Educational: At Mordialloc College we are committed to maximising learning opportunities for all students with Quality Learning Principles and Restorative Practices Philosophy, along with an emphasis on high expectations forming the basis for future direction and improvement

  • Strong whole school focus on Literacy and Numeracy
  • Innovative programs and high expectations coupled with a strong focus on student wellbeing
  • Outcomes in student achievement, engagement and wellbeing place the College among the highest performing secondary schools in the state
  • Categorised as an influence school in 2018
  • Provision of a vibrant and productive education, 7 to 12
  • Two sub-school structure introduced in 2011, with students in Years 7-9 allocated to the Middle School and students in Years 10-12 allocated to the Senior School
  • Implementation of the Victorian Curriculum from 2017
  • VCE results – 100% of eligible students successfully gained their VCE and in 2018 we achieved the best VCE results in the schools history
  • Diverse interests and abilities catered for in our VCE, VET and VCAL courses
  • Excellent destination data with 100% of students who applied gaining a tertiary placement
  • Accredited SEAL (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) program, part of the exclusive SEAL academy
  • Strong co-curricular program in the performing arts, visual arts and sport
  • A growing international student program and provision of a language centre onsite from July 2018
  • Strong transition program has been in place over the past eight years with our feeder primary schools including visits to each school, visits to MC and delivery of specialist programs e.g. Science
  • Technological: Currently a BYOD for all Year 10-12 students and a 1:1 iPad program for all Year 7-9 students
  • Network upgrade occurred in 2013 to prepare for future BYOD environment
  • Range of desktop computers, Mac computers and banks of laptops/netbooks/ipads are located throughout the school
  • Mix of interactive whiteboards, projectors and large flat screen TVs in all rooms
  • Google Apps and Classroom is our learning management system
  • Compass package for reporting, wellbeing, attendance and parent-teacher interviews

Environmental – Grounds and Facilities: Refurbished buildings in Year 7 and 8 provide flexible learning centres for the whole year level; a refurbished classroom as our Senior School study space

  • Flexible and collaborative teaching spaces also exist in our BER building for Science and the ICT rich student resource hub
  • Expansive and well established grounds
  • Student driven community kitchen garden
  • Recent new facilities include a new Performing Arts Centre with canteen attached opened in Term 1, 2017 and a new PE/Sports Stadium opened in October 2017
  • 8.5 million committed for the development of a new Year 8 Learning Centre and a Senior School learning hub including a senior study centre.

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