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Mental Health Practitioner - Naranga Special School


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Job ID: 1222964
Location: Naranga Special School
Department: Naranga Special School
Role Type: Mental Health Practitioner
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Fixed Term
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 4
Apply By: 04/14/2021
Contact Name: Kai Pukarinen
Phone: 039/788-2222
School Website:

Location Profile
Naranga School is a P-12 special school for students with a mild intellectual disability. Students may also have additional disabilities. There are currently 172 enrolled students. Naranga is a Restorative Practices school, which values positive relationships. Team Teach, School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports and Circle Time practices are embedded in the school's culture.

Naranga School provides Naranga School is a P-12 special school for students with a mild intellectual disability. Students may educational programs that are engaging and meaningful in a safe structured and supportive learning environment to enable students to develop the knowledge and skills that will equip them to be independent and able to make a valuable contribution to society. This is reflected in the school motto "Learning for Life".

Naranga School fosters mutual respect and cooperation, enabling students to develop successful relationships with family, friends and the community. Our school expectations are; Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be A Learner. These values are embedded in our programs across the school.

Each student has an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). Individual goals are set at the beginning of the year in consultation with parents and through Student Support Group meetings. These goals are reviewed with the parents mid year.

For further information about the school and its programs, visit our website:

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  5. 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.
  6. Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information.

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: