Mental Health Practitioner (Psychologist)

Full Time
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Ballarat High School - DET

Ballarat High School

Ballarat High School

Ballarat High School is a single campus year 7-12 government secondary school with an enrolment of 1500 students. Ballarat High School has a tradition of pursuing and recognising excellence under the motto of “Duty Always”. Our ethos is supported by core values of Pride, Respect and Responsibility.

Ballarat High School is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified, non-teaching staff member to the following vacancy.

Mental Health Practitioner (Psychologist) – Education Support Level 1 Range 4

Full time – Ongoing (Includes 10 weeks Annual Leave per annum)

Telephone enquiries—5338-9000

Applications close— 13th August, 2020

Ballarat High School has a long history and tradition of providing a quality education to the youth of Ballarat. While the school has changed physically over its hundred-year history, what has not changed is the significant contribution it makes to many young lives.


Our learning culture is supported by our Ballarat High School Learning Dispositions and the values of Pride, Respect and Responsibility. As a learning community, we are committed to educating the individual learner and focus on developing a growth mindset within our community. Our tradition of academic excellence combined with a long history of outstanding extracurricular programs and a supportive mentor program ensures the development of the whole student.

As a large school, we have a small team structure in place:

•              Years 7 and 8 learning teams

•              Year 9 ARCH Program

•              Years 10 to 12 learning teams

This structure supports every student in a safe and positive learning environment enabling all students to feel connected to their school. Every student is connected to a Learning Mentor, a teacher who will support them with their learning. We have high expectations of our students and staff. We believe that high expectations encourage students to be responsible for their own learning and behaviour. We value and encourage parents to be actively involved in their child’s learning. We have parent groups (Boat Club and Performing Arts Support) that make a significant contribution to our school.

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This role will join our Student Services Team to enhance Student Wellbeing at BHS. We currently have an extensive team supporting our school community, overseen by two Assistant Principals. The team currently comprises, Youth Counsellors, Chaplain, Secondary School Nurse, First Aid Officer, Leading Teacher – Learning Interventions, Inclusion Co-ordinator and Pathways Co-ordinator.

The Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) initiative provides for a suitably qualified mental health professional in all government secondary school campuses.

Operating in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training’s Area-based multi-disciplinary teams, this role will have the following functions:

  •  provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services for individual students and groups identified as at-risk and/or experiencing or demonstrating mild to moderate mental health needs;
  • coordinate supports for students with critical needs both within and external to the school, including proactively working with regions and other health    professionals to engage further support as required; and
  • enhance promotion and prevention activities in the school by contributing to whole school health and wellbeing plans, building the capability of teaching staff and school leadership to manage student health and wellbeing, and helping to embed mental health promotion and prevention programs and strategies in the school.

Education Support Class Level 1 Range 4

The successful applicant will be an experienced professional who will carry out their duties and responsibilities, relative to their professional discipline, with a high level of autonomy and with minimal reliance on professional supervision. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and implementation of professional support programs within an educational environment, including guidance to other professional staff.

As an education support class position, this role supports the educational services being provided to students, but will not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).

For more information on the responsibilities of an Education support class level 1 range 4 employee, please visit:


  1.  Deliver professional support service/s in a school/s, including the direct counselling for students with a range of mental health issues, applying sound  theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.
  2. Plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies for students with complex needs including collaborating with families, other professionals and agencies when appropriate, and manage the associated risks.
  3. Work collaboratively with the school to contribute to policies and operational practices that will guide the work of others, including other school wellbeing staff and teachers.
  4. Provide leadership and professional learning to others, such as teachers and other school wellbeing staff, to build the capacity of schools to improve students’ learning and developmental outcomes.
  5. Liaise with other Department areas (including secondary school nurses and Student Support Services staff) and external service providers where necessary to provide support to students.
  6. Maintain professional competence and continued professional learning, including attending professional development activities throughout the year.
  7. Meet relevant policies and legislative requirements in relation to student health information privacy.

Please note:

  •  The relevant enterprise agreement underpinning this position is the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017.
  •  Continued professional learning is a registration requirement under the National Law, which governs the operations of the National Boards and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


  • Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  • Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information


Applicants must:

  •  Hold a Bachelor qualification or specialist/post graduate qualification where applicable in:
  •  Psychology or
  • Nursing with a mental health specialisation.
  • Have demonstrated direct counselling experience.
  • Have a current Working With Children Check.

Applicants must hold full registration with the requisite professional body.


Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at


The Department’s employees commit to upholiding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at


The Department values diversity and is committed to workforce diversity and equal opportunity in schools and all education workplaces. The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Please ensure that your application includes:

•        a resume including (i) Personal Details, (ii) Qualifications and (iii) Relevant Experience.
•        a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section.
•        names and contact numbers (telephone and email) of three referees.

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

Applications should be submitted via Recruitment Online or forwarded to Mrs Katie Gannon, Personnel Manager marked Confidential – Mental Health Practitioner (Pyschologist), by 4pm on the closing date.
Applicants are free to structure applications in any manner they choose, and may elect to submit 3 hard copies to the school by the advertised closing date.


  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department’s Human Resources website at

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