Therapeutic Caseworker

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:Coffs Harbour
Job Type:Full Time

About the opportunity

The therapeutic Caseworker (MST-CAN) provides casework support using the Multisystemic Therapy Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN). MST-CAN is an evidence-based intensive family preservation and restoration model directed at families with children ages 6 to 17 years old where there is substantiated physical abuse and neglect.

This is a full time permanent position where you will work 35 hours a week Monday to Friday from our office in Coffs Harbour, NSW.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute towards the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.
  • Work closely with MST-CAN Therapists, model developers and DCJ in the provision of in home MST-CAN service delivery where there has been physical abuse and /or neglect of a child aged 6-17 years.
  • Deliver the service in a culturally inclusive framework for Aboriginal and culturally diverse families with respect and attention to the additional complexities of working with Aboriginal and CALD families within the child protection system.
  • Facilitate and participate in the development and review of the family’s treatment plan in accordance with the program model timeframes. Ensure plans are linked to safety risks and referral behaviours.
  • Contribute positively to the development of collaborative partnerships with DCJ Community Service Centres in the region and other key organisations. Establish and maintain community networks when required.



About You

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Social Work, Social Science, Childhood Education or a related subject area.
  • At least 3 years’ experience working with families in a Therapeutic setting.
  • Experience working with families in a community-based setting.
  • Experience working with child protection and court systems.
  • Experience managing suicidal or homicidal threats and family safety risks.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of behavioural therapy targeting behavioural change in children at home and school.
  • Demonstrated experience implementing 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 community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in behavioral therapies theory and application, child development theories and application.
  • A working understanding of the culture and strengths of the families within the MST-CAN population.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours and on-call to meet the needs of families as required.
  • NSW Working with Children Check and satisfactory completions of a national police history check.
  • Current driver’s licence and willingness to transport families in company vehicles.


The salary range for this role is from $76,515 to $91,245 base salary with superannuation added on top and $15,990 salary packaging available.


If you feel you have the passion and ability to make a real difference then please apply now. If you have any questions or require further details then please contact Zoe Banbury on zbanbury@uniting.org


Uniting has identified this position as an essential role within the MST-CAN program. While we will always provide a safe working environment and take into consideration all relevant Government, Health and/or Emergency Services advice, in this role you will provide critical services to our clients that we expect will continue to be delivered in some capacity during events such as pandemics and natural disasters.




Employment with Uniting is subject to satisfactory background checks which include a National Police Check and Reference Check.