Mental Health Practitioner - Wellington Secondary College

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Wellington Secondary College, Police Road, Mulgrave VIC, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021
Full time - Permanent Administrative and other Support Services

Job Description

Job ID: 1221993
Location: Wellington Secondary College
Department: Wellington Secondary College
Role Type: Mental Health Practitioner
Subjects/Duties: View Subject/Duties
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Ongoing/Fixed Term: Ongoing
Classification: Ed Support Level 1-Range 4
Apply By: 04/18/2021
Contact Name: Daniel Butler
Phone: 03 9547 6822
School Website: wellingtonsc.vic.edu.au

Location Profile
Wellington Secondary College is a large single campus, co-educational State Secondary College located in the City of Monash approximately 24 kilometres to the South East of the Melbourne CBD. The College is in the second year of the (2019-2022) Strategic Plan.

Wellington is a successful, high performing school that provides programs and pathways for over 1900 students from Years 7-12. It is predicted that enrolments will continue to rise. Wellington has a very diverse and strong multicultural environment. The College also has a well-established International Program for over 100 students, mostly from China, Vietnam and Cambodia. We have a dedicated International Centre and accredited Intensive English Language Centre to support this program.

Our College is located in Mulgrave and draws its students from a very wide area. We are located on the most southern point of the North Eastern Victoria Region, with many of the closest Primary and Secondary Schools located in the South Eastern Victoria Region. We have only one truly “local” Primary School – Albany Rise. Our relationship with Albany Rise is very good – and continues to develop. As all other students come from outside our immediate area marketing is of crucial importance to our continued high enrolments. For many years the College has provided a subsidised Charter Bus service to assist families from outside our immediate area to easily and safely travel to and from the College. Currently, over 400 students access this service. Monash University is our “local” university and we have a strong relationship with Monash in terms of student destinations and student pathways support.

Our SFOE index is medium. In 2016, the College received funding in the State Budget to revisit the Master Plan. The construction of the new E.H Blaikie Vanellus Centre, incorporating the administration and Library Resource Centre was completed in April 2019. Currently we are in the final stage of our Master Plan build with work to get underway in late November 2020.

In 2020, the College has a workforce of 129.7 FTE teaching staff, complemented by 35.9 FTE education support staff. The current Principal, Mr Hugh Blaikie, was appointed in 2013.

In line with the Education State FISO model, Wellington focusses on the whole child where we recognise and promote a learning environment that will provide all students with the academic and personal skills they will need to operate as effective and successful members of the 21st century global community, both now and in the future.

The College offers a rich and broad curriculum that is attractive to a diverse range of young people. Students can choose from a very wide range of VCE subjects. Our VCE mean study score over the last four years has averaged above the state mean, with teachers significantly “adding value” to student study scores in most studies.

In Years 7 to 10, students have a range of compulsory and elective choices in their preparation for the Senior School. The College supports a particularly robust Mathematics program, as students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) background often enjoy a high level of success in this area. In Years 7, 8 and 9 there are “High Flyer” classes for students whose core learning is based around collaboration, communication, creative problem solving and critical thinking. Our acceleration program has Mathematics as a significant focus. Chinese was introduced into the Year 7 curriculum in 2013 as an addition to the French offering of previous years. In 2018 we had Senior Chinese for the first time. Advanced placement to VCE is available to selected Year 10 students.

Due to the multi-cultural nature of our community, many students pursue the community language option through Victorian School of Languages (VSL) or other providers. Wellington also has a well-established VCAL program, normally with one Intermediate and one Senior class operating each year.

Our NAPLAN results, especially in Numeracy, show consistently strong performance against State benchmarks and growth or relative gain indicators. As a result of work undertaken in the current Strategic Plan, the school has a strong commitment to building Literacy growth in all NAPLAN Bands.

Wellington is well known for its strong commitment to the inclusive engagement and wellbeing of all of its students. We endorse and support the belief that school should be a safe place for all children at all times. Our approach to addressing student attendance is rigorous. The College uses the Compass School Management system to monitor attendance. We have a full time Attendance Officer and 3 Sub School Support Officers to assist in this process. Parents can access “live” data through the COMPASS portal system. We are a Lead school in DET’s RRRR Strategy.

Students are engaged in a number of activities outside the classroom. A strong SRC provides significant student voice in the school community and a well-developed student leadership pathway is in place, starting in Year 7 and expressing itself in a variety of forums throughout the different Year Levels. The lunchtime engagement programs and after school homework clubs compliment the more traditional House and Sporting activities that have always been a feature of this College.

A Wellbeing Centre funded under the National Partnerships Scheme was completed in 2012 and was formally opened early in 2013. This facility provides community access to the College’s Wellbeing and Pathways Teams as well as health professionals and a social worker. In 2013, a part-time doctor was added to the team to complement the other wellbeing services offered by the Centre. This facility was the inspiration for the current government’s ‘Doctors In Schools’ initiative.

For many years the College has received significant funding support through the Managed Individual Pathways (MIPS) program. The Careers/Pathways section is the second major component of our Wellbeing Centre and through MIPS funding we are able to support our students through a Leading Teacher, two full-time Careers Counsellors and a School Attendance Officer.

As part of DET’s School Improvement Partnership program, in 2017 Wellington engaged in a formal Partnership with Wodonga Senior Secondary College and Wodonga Middle Years College and continue this relationship in 2020. All schools in this partnership have committed to building Literacy of students and Teacher Leadership capacity at all three schools. We also have an informal Literacy Partnership with Albany Rise Primary School, our local primary school.

Wellington Secondary College enjoys a very positive reputation with parents and within the local community. We are a school that fully supports and represents the Education State and the DET Values that go with it. We have our own well established traditions and students and parents support the culture of ‘The Wellington Way’ embodied in the College’s motto: Caring, Striving and Learning. The College motto describes our key purpose and values of Caring for others, Striving for excellence and Learning for life.

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.

Role
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:

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/rolesTS.aspx

Subject

Psychology

School Type

Secondary

Job Closing Date

18 Apr, 2021