MST-CAN Family Case Worker

MST – Case Worker

Permanent Full Time
Supportive Team

Wandiyali will be providing the Evidence Based Model, Multi-systemic Therapy - Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) program as part of a suite of evidence based programs being rolled out to vulnerable children and families in NSW. Wandiyali currently provides a number of services to the Indigenous communities of Newcastle, Port Stephens and the Hunter area.

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 protective 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.

The Role

You'll be part of a professional team that will be amongst the first in NSW to deliver MST-CAN. As the teams case worker you will liaise with the team therapists as well as 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 process, ability to potentially participate in a rotating 24/7 roster.

In this role you will be supported by Wandiyali, the program developers and both international and local intermediary services to ensure you are set up for success and are achieving the outcomes demonstrated through the delivery of this program.

To promote the success of the MST-CAN service Wandiyali will provide you with flexible working hours, a competitive salary package, including a fully maintain company vehicle as well as continuous training and support to develop and progress your career.

The successful applicant will be able to effectively address the following criteria;

Education Requirement:

Bachelor's degree or higher in Psychology, Social Work, Childhood Education or a related subject area. 

Preferred Experience:

Work with families in a community based setting
Work with child protection and court systems
Ability to work as a team member
Management of suicidal or homicidal threats and family safety risks
Behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school
Implementation of interventions within or between systems in the youth's natural ecology that affect or influence the behaviour of youth (i.e., family, peer, school, and neighbourhood)


Preferred Knowledge:

Behavioural therapies theory and application
Child development
Parenting skills
A working understanding of the culture and strengths of the families within the MST-CAN population
Resources available in the community and the ability to connect families to those resources
Job attainment skills
Budgeting skills
Ability to locate and access housing for clients
Ability to work with families to develop a safety plan


Desirable Criteria:

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

In this position you will be a member of a team consisting of;

3 x MST-CAN Therapist
1 x MST-CAN Crisis Caseworker
And a Psychiatrist (One day a week)

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 ATSI Inc. is a community services organisation based in Newcastle which has been in operation for almost 20 years. The organisation is experiencing a period of growth and development, and is an exciting time to be working for this family friendly, flexible organisation!

Applications Close 9:00am Friday 7 February 2020

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please forward  your expression of interest in the position to:  stating the position in the subject line. You will be forwarded an application form and a position description.

To then apply for the position you will need to forward the following:

Cover Letter: please introduce yourself and specifically address each of the essential and desirable criteria in the cover letter
Current Resume
Complete Application Form

Annual Salary
$0 per annum
Applications Close
Friday 7 February 2020