Supervising Family Psychologist

Supervising Family Psychologist

Exciting New MST-CAN Program being delivered NSW
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 Supervisor you will liaise with relevant stakeholders, conduct weekly group supervision of the MST-CAN team to assure adherence to MST principles and MST process, lead individual supervision of team members as needed to target clinical competency needs as well as to remove individual barriers to effective implementation of MST-CAN treatment.

You and your team will be supported by Wandiyali, the program developers and both international and local intermediary services to ensure you and your team 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 and experience;

A Doctoral / Masters level registered Psychologist or Master Social Work with Clinical experience
Experience in the child and family welfare sector. Including Child Protection or Out of Home Care or Family Services or other services working with vulnerable families and children.
Highly developed effective skills in supervising and leading clinical teams including delivering group supervision
Experience working with families in adversity
Exceptional interpersonal communication
Demonstrated ability to liaise with relevant government and nongovernment professionals, community groups, services and agencies
Current NSW driver's licence

Desirable Criteria:

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

Preferred Experience:

Direct use of pragmatic (i.e., structural, strategic and functional) family therapies
Individual therapy with children and adults using cognitive behavioral techniques
Marital therapy using behaviorally-based approaches
Substance abuse treatment for adults and children using behaviorally-based approaches
Behavioral therapy targeting behavioral 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 family's natural ecology that affect or contribute to the child abuse and/or neglect (i.e., individual child, family, peer, school, and neighborhood)
Provision of group and individual clinical supervision


Preferred Knowledge:

Family systems theory and application
Social ecological theory and application
Behavioral therapies theory and application
Cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and application particularly in the areas of trauma treatment and anger management
Family Problem Solving and Communication
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


In this position you will be responsible for the effective and efficient management of a team consisting of;

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

As part of the quality control of the program you will be required to;

Assure appropriate documentation of clinical effort to allow for peer and supervisory input, and to meet all reporting and communication needs of funding and referral sources.
Provide supportive and corrective feedback to clinicians to promote client outcomes through interventions such as enacting role play and practice, attending field visits with therapists, acting as co-therapist in sessions, listening to audio tapes of clinicians' sessions, and providing feedback about clinicians' performance.
Provide administrative support targeting systemic barriers to treatment success.
Assure availability of clinical and administrative support to clinicians 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
Assure therapist accessibility to clients when needed at times most likely to promote engagement.
Assure that clinicians achieve engagement with all key participants.
Provide direct clinical training to assure clinician competency in all clinical areas relating to the implementation of MST-CAN interventions. This includes enacting role play and practice, attending field visits with therapists, acting as co-therapist in sessions, listening to audio tapes of clinicians' sessions, and providing feedback about clinicians' performance.
Assure that all assessments are comprehensive, multisystemic, and provide adequate information to determine the causes and correlates of referral behaviors to direct effective treatment within the ecological context.
Ensure that each clinician has a Clinician Development Plan that is reviewed monthly and revised quarterly.
Work with the Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina to ensure that all data for the TAM-CAN and required research measures are collected.
Build a relationship with community stakeholders (i.e., child protection services, judges, schools, etc.) to ensure that there is a continuous stream of referrals and that customer satisfaction is high.
Collaborates with MST-CAN expert to provide feedback, resources, and training to all team members.
Supports weekly MST-CAN consultation through ensuring that clinicians' paperwork is submitted to the consultant in a time manner, participating in all consultations, and collaborating with the consultant on feedback to team members.


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 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!

If you would like further information, please contact Jai Kilroy on 02 4957 5900, or to submit your interest please email a cover letter addressing the criteria as well as your resume to

Applications close 5:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017

Applications Close
Thursday 15 June 2017