Mental Health Practitioner - Brentwood Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Glen Waverley VIC 3150, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021

Job Description

Job ID: 1222496
Location: Brentwood Secondary College
Department: Brentwood Secondary College
Role Type: Mental Health Practitioner
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 4
Apply By: 04/18/2021
Contact Name: Kellie Rosenfeld
Phone: 03 8545 0300
School Website: https://brentwood.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Brentwood Secondary College is located in the eastern Melbourne suburb of Glen Waverley. The College has a student population of 1690 with almost equal numbers of boys and girls. Brentwood is a vibrant learning community where all students are supported and encouraged to achieve success and to pursue excellence. A learning community is one in which all members of the community are continually learning, both individually and together; and where everyone is continually striving to improve.

The values that underpin the behaviours of the Brentwood Secondary College community include the values for community: compassion, empathy, integrity, respect and responsibility; and the values for learning: creativity, curiosity, discipline, reflection and resilience.

Brentwood Secondary College prides itself on academic excellence and excellent pastoral care. Students are supported in their intellectual, emotional, social and physical development by a highly professional group of teachers and education support staff. While the College focus is very much on academic excellence the belief that happy, healthy, resilient students learn best and achieve their best is a guiding philosophy.

For futher information please visit our website: https://brentwood.vic.edu.au/

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