MST-CAN Psychologist

Therapist - Psychologist

Exciting New MST-CAN Program in NSW
Permanent Full Time
Supportive Team

Salary negotiable



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 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 process, ability to 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;

Preferred Experience:

Registered Psychologist
Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic and functional) family therapies
Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioural techniques
Marital therapy using behaviourally-based approaches
Substance abuse treatment for adults and children using behaviourally-based approaches
Behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school
Trauma treatment for adults and children using exposure, cognitive therapies, and stress inoculation training
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:

Family systems theory and application
Social ecological theory and application
Behavioural therapies theory and application
Cognitive-behavioural therapy theory and application particularly in the areas of trauma treatment and anger management
Pragmatic family therapies theory and application
Child development research and its application in treatment
Research on child physical abuse and neglect
Social skills assessment and intervention

Desirable Criteria:

Wandiyali encourages any suitably qualified and experience Aboriginal persons to apply for this position.
Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology

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!

To submit your application in strict confidence, or if you require further information, please contact Jai Kilroy on 02 4957 5900, or email a cover letter as well as your resume to


Applications Close
Friday 26 May 2017