Family Therapist

MST-CAN Therapist

Wandiyali is a leading Aboriginal organisation with over 20 years' experience supporting people to make positive changes within their lives. Wandiyali currently provides a number of services to the Indigenous communities of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter area. We are offering an exciting opportunity to be part of a highly skilled team delivering the Evidence Based Model, Multi-systemic Therapy - Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN). This program forms part of a suite of evidence-based programs funded by DCJ to support vulnerable children and families in NSW.

Multi-systemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) is an evidenced based program designed to treat 6-17 year-olds and their families who have come to the attention of child protection services due to physical abuse and/ or neglect. MST-CAN works with the family ecology and is effective in improving family connections, ensuring the safety of children and young people, preventing abuse and neglect, reducing mental health issues experienced by adults and children and increasing natural social supports to reduce the risk of children and young people entering the out-of-home care system.

A therapist within the MST-CAN is part of a professionally dedicated team consisting of:

3  MST-CAN Therapists
1 MST-CAN Clinical Caseworker
Psychiatrist (part-time)


As a therapist you will liaise with relevant stakeholders, work with families within their home or locations convenient to them, participate in continuing individual and group supervision to assure adherence to MST principles and MST processes and will have the ability to participate in a rotating 24/7 roster.

The Benefits

Comprehensive training in systemic assessment, safety planning, substance abuse treatment and trauma treatment (Trauma Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children and Prolonged Exposure for adults)
Weekly supervision to support your work with families
A focus on professional development
An organisation which supports work life balance
Competitive Salary
Salary sacrifice options
Fully maintained vehicle with private use



Preferred Education and Experience:

Qualification in psychology, social work and/ or counselling. Masters level applicants are preferred, although bachelor level applicants with extensive experience will be considered.
Eligible for registration with the appropriate board.
Experience in Child Protection and family welfare.
Knowledge and experience with Family systems theory, Social ecological theory, Behavioural therapy and Cognitive-behavioural therapy

Extensive knowledge of the impact of physical abuse and neglect on child development


Desirable Criteria:

Wandiyali encourages any suitably qualified and experienced Aboriginal persons to apply for this position.

Wandiyali is a child safe organisation. You must have the right to work in Australia. All appointments are subject to the satisfactory completion of a National Police History Check and Working with Children Check.

Wandiyali is a community services organisation based in Newcastle, which has been in operation for over 20 years.

Wandiyali is experiencing a period of growth and development; it is an exciting time to be working for this family friendly, flexible organization!


How to Apply

To submit your application in strict confidence email a cover letter as well as your resume to  or If you require further information, please contact Kerrie Gallucci on 02 4957 5900.

Please DO NOT apply via directly via SEEK as your application will not be considered. All applications must be sent to the email address stated above.

Applications Close 5:00pm Tuesday 7 April 2020

Please Note Applications will be reviewed on receipt and if a successful applicant is identified this role may close earlier than the stated date.

Annual Salary
$0 per annum
Applications Close
Tuesday 7 April 2020