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Senior Psychologist - Department For Correctional Services

Department for Correctional Services - Adelaide, SA

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Department for Correctional Services
Job reference: 440559
Location: 5085 - NORTHFIELD
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

About the Department for Correctional Services
The Department employs approximately 1,900 staff and has responsibility for nine prisons and sixteen Community Correctional offices across the state. Our vision is for a safer community by protecting the public and reducing re-offending. We work towards this through the contribution of staff who are employed in a wide variety of fields, from correctional officers and teachers, to social workers, psychologists and supervisors of court orders. Their commitment ensures we deliver quality services to prisoners, offenders and victims of crime. We strongly promote diversity and equity in our workforce, which directly contributes to greater effectiveness and better outcomes. In a supportive and collaborative environment, you will encounter interesting professional challenges and you will work alongside dedicated and passionate people who help to turn around the lives of offenders and rebuild lives affected by crime.

The overall purpose of the position is to provide a range of effective scientifically based clinical and forensic services to prisoners and offenders within DCS. The position will provide therapeutic interventions focused on offending behaviours and on needs that contribute to criminal offending; conduct comprehensive assessments including risk and needs rating assessments; and where appropriate, provide crisis intervention, and specialised individual and/or group interventions in response to referrals from within DCS.
This position of Psychologist is responsible for providing comprehensive assessments and specialist interventions to prisoners and offenders in prisons, in particular 'adult' and 'child' sex offenders and violent offenders, and contributing to the safe management, wellbeing, and mental health of offenders. In particular, a large part of the Senior Psychologist role is conducting thorough risk assessment of prisoner's considered at risk of self-harm and/or suicide to inform placement and custodial regimes. The Psychologist may also be asked to conduct mental health assessments and brief crisis intervention for prisoners considered at risk in custody. Due to the over-representation of Aboriginal prisoners within the Department for Correctional Services (DCS), there is an expectation that the client work load will include a significant number of Aboriginal prisoners and offenders.

Special Conditions
Section 47 of the Public Sector Act 2009 applies in conjunction with other provisions of the act and other applicable industrial.
The incumbent is required to satisfactorily complete a National Criminal History Check.
A current South Australian Driver's Licence is essential.
A flexible approach to working hours is required.
Some interstate and intrastate travel with occasional interstate travel, involving visits to prisons and community corrections centres, and frequent overnight absences.
Some work outside of normal hours may be required.

Essential: An undergraduate or post-graduate level qualification in psychology and full registration as a psychologist with the Psychological Board of Australia.
Desirable: Registration as a board-approved supervisor with the Psychology Board of Australia.

AHP3 ($98,157 - $105,285pa)

Ms Megan Grech
A/Manager of Psychological Services
(08) 8343 6644

Application Instructions
All applications must be submitted online via I Work for SA.
Applicants are required to attach additional information addressing the specific criteria outlined in the Advice to Applicants.
Please note: Applicants that do not address the selection criteria may be disadvantaged during the shortlisting process.
Refer to the Advice to Applicants for information on how to apply.
Applicants are required to complete the Employment Declaration if not currently employed by the Department for Correctional Services.

Additional Information
Forensic experience, knowledge and skills are valuable, however we encourage those who have transferrable skills in a range of clinical fields such as assessment, disability, personality disorders, inpatient mental health, suicide prevention to apply.
Applicants do not need to have previous experience working in a Correctional setting.
We encourage you to make enquiries to Ms Megan Grech, A/Manager of Psychological Services.

This is a temporary vacancy for up to 12 months.

Applications close: 22/06/2021 11:00 PM

Adelaide, SA

Government, Defence & Emergency


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