Psychologist and/or Social Worker, Family Violence Command

Job Details
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Department: Victoria Police
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/20037236
Closing Date: 22-Jan-2019
Salary Range: $84,019 - $95,329
Job Duration: Fixed term until 26/2/2021
Attachments: VPS Application Form.docx (Word, 639KB)
Self Assessment

PD C3252.docx (Word, 449KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Amanda Bond
0436 287 051

Position Details

The Specialist Investigators Support Unit (SISU) established in early 2018, sits within the Strategy, Policy and Reform Division of Family Violence Command. The SISU provide specialised clinical services to proactively identify and address the psychological health and wellbeing needs of employees working in Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITs) and Family Violence Investigation Units (FVIUs). This is achieved through individual, team and organisational strategies and interventions.

These services are in addition to organisational wide wellbeing services in accordance with the recommendations of the Victoria Police Mental Health Review (2016) which made specific mention of the need for dedicated mental health and wellbeing supports for Victoria Police employees working in the crime themes of sexual offences, child abuse and family violence. 

It is intended that these additional fixed term positions will support the SISU to further develop the service delivery model and allow the extension of the model to teams outside of SOCITs and FVIUs to other units which have been identified as undertaking similar investigations, working with similar themes and as likely to benefit from the SISU model.

Your duties will include:

Working directly with Victoria Police employees working in the crime themes of sexual offending, child abuse and family violence to deliver individual, group and organisational interventions to support mental health and psychological wellbeing. This includes:
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of evidence based psychological services targeted to the specific needs of those working in these work areas.
  • Providing individual clinical services to employees working in these areas, including, triage, psychological and risk assessment, short term counselling/intervention, case management, wellbeing consultations and support and secondary consultation. This involves the provision of immediate and autonomous clinical judgment, problem solving and decision making in complex situations, including crisis response and critical incidents.
  • Provision of group interventions, including, facilitation of reflective practice and the development and delivery of training and education sessions to employees working in these areas.
  • Consultation and coaching of senior managers and operational supervisors around clinical and organisational psychology concerns associated with their teams. This includes the provision of specialist opinion regarding crisis situations, critical incidents and other issues affecting the mental health and psychological wellbeing of employees working in these areas.
  • Building and managing collaborative relationships with assigned work units and other stakeholders within and external to Victoria Police.
  • Participating in research and projects relevant to the mental health and psychological wellbeing of Victoria Police employees working in the themes of sexual offending, child abuse and family violence, and contributing to appropriate research initiatives within Victoria Police and the wider policing community.
  • Providing subject matter expertise to a range of projects, policies and programs within Family Violence Command and where appropriate across Victoria Police more broadly.

As the successful applicant, you will have:

  • Highly developed written, verbal communication and presentation skills, with the ability utilise these skills to provide advice, conduct research/project work, facilitate training and to effectively influence a broad range of audiences including senior management.
  • Possession of high level expertise in evidence-based practice and program development.
  • Possession of high level clinical expertise and demonstrated ability in the provision of triage, psychological and risk assessment, short term counselling/intervention, case management, wellbeing consultations and support and secondary consultation for a range of mental health disorders.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide immediate and autonomous clinical judgement and intervention in highly stressful, complex and sensitive situations.
  • Proven ability to monitor client and stakeholder satisfaction, and constructively manage stakeholder issues to ensure positive outcomes for the stakeholder and the Region/Department/Command.

Requirements and relevant information:

  • The position will be based in the Docklands (at the VPC); however involves travel around Victoria, including overnight stays on a regular basis. A current Victorian Driver Licence is highly desirable.
  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Registration number must be provided. Eligible for membership of the APS: or,
    • Registered as a Social Worker with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW). Proof of registration must be provided.
  • Applicants' must be an Australian Citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Two (2), full time, fixed term (until 26/2/2021) positions available.
  • VPSG4 salary range $84,019 - $95,329 p.a + super + leave loading.

Your application must include:

  • Resume, and;
  • Completed application form - attached to the job advertisement.

Applications close midnight, Tuesday 22 January 2019 - No applications will be accepted via email.

For further information on this role please contact: Dr Amanda Bond on 0436 287 051 or via email amanda.bond@police.vic.gov.au.

If you have a disability/medical condition and require a copy of this advertisement and attached documentation in an accessible format or would like to discuss an access requirements/reasonable adjustment for the recruitment process, please contact VPS Recruitment via email VPSRECRUITMENT@police.vic.gov.au.

About Us:

Victoria Police is a large organisation employing police, public servants and protective services officers. Victoria Police provides support to the community 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. 

At Victoria Police our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve. We continually seek to attract and retain a diverse workforce which includes people of all genders, ages, religions, disability, sexual orientation, family and caring responsibilities and cultures including people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. 

Find out what it is like working as a Victorian Public Servant for Victoria Police: http://www.policecareer.vic.gov.au


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