Published September 11, 2021
Last Modified September 14, 2021
Job Type
Closing Date
September 23, 2021

Job Description

Caraniche Forensic Youth Service are looking for skilled clinicians to join our team in the South East Metro area.

  • Based in the South East Metro Community (Dandenong)
  • Part Time Positions Available
  • Fantastic Opportunity to Use your Clinical Skills to Support Young People!


With over 25 years in the field, Caraniche is a specialist provider of a broad range of psychological services. We are a thriving, dynamic and energetic company committed to providing quality care in the field of forensic alcohol and other drug services, youth criminogenic assessment and treatment, clinical supervision, trauma services and evaluation and training. Our focus is on supporting our clients to help them build a better future.

Our vision is making connections that better lives.

We Offer

  • Flexible working arrangements including limited home based and part time working hours.
  • A strong commitment to supervision, with opportunity to learn and develop from knowledgeable senior clinicians who have worked within criminal justice settings for many years. This is backed by a provision of financial support towards specialised endorsement through AHPRA.
  • Peer based learning where clinicians participate in monthly peer supervision to formulate and analyse offending behaviour.
  • Ongoing training and development including formal risk assessment training, in house personal development and paid training leave days each year to contribute towards CPD.
  • A supportive leadership team who are dedicated to improving the lives and trajectories of young people.
  • Opportunities for growth for experienced clinicians who are interested in developing their supervision skills, obtaining formal supervisor training and providing supervision to students, provisional psychologists and clinicians. If desired, clinicians can also gain experience in delivering training to professionals working within criminal justice settings.
  • Paid parental leave to support working parents.
  • Full administration support from a highly supportive, friendly and efficient administration team.
  • Social events to connect our teams, recognise our work and enjoy a chat!

The Position

The Caraniche Forensic Youth Service is a Victorian, state-wide provider of Youth Offending Programs to the Youth Justice sector. We operate under a “one team” philosophy where there is opportunity for cross learning and support between teams. This position services the South East Metro locale (based out of Dandenong).

This is a highly specialised role, with the opportunity to complete comprehensive forensic risk assessment reports and facilitate criminogenic treatment programs (group and individual) to young people subject to community and custodial based dispositions. There is diversity and opportunity for growth and development, where no two days are the same!

Our psychosocial and criminogenic program suit comprises of over 10 targeted programs to address violence (including family violence), motor vehicle-based offending, alcohol and drug use, sexual offending and antisocial attitudes and behaviours. The programs are research based and have been developed by leaders in the forensic psychology field.

Regular liaison with professionals supporting young people is a key element of the role.

Please note during COVID-19 restrictions this position may involve telehealth and working from our Parkville office as required.

Who We Are Looking For

We have worked hard to create a positive, collaborative team culture comprising skilled clinicians committed to providing evidence-based treatment to address offending and promote long term behaviour change.

We are looking for a clinician who is a team player, is client focused, has a warm empathic and engaging style, and is wanting to provide early intervention and support for young people who have entered the justice system.

Ideally, applicants will have experience with, and/or a strong desire to work with a youth cohort who are culturally and linguistically diverse and present with varied needs including complex trauma, behavioural issues, mental health, substance use, and low cognitive functioning. This is a fast paced and dynamic role so organisational skills - including an ability to prioritise tasks - is essential.

Key Selection Criteria


  • Registration with AHPRA or AASW
  • Experience in clinical and/or forensic assessment, case formulation and treatment
  • High level of interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Confidence working in a dynamic, faced paced environment
  • Flexible and agile approach to work
  • Commitment to Child Safe Standards and Practices
  • Current valid Driver’s License


  • Experience with group intervention
  • Proficient in the use of information technology
  • Previous experience working with mandated clients with a contemplative or pre-contemplative mindset
  • An understanding of the Risks, Needs, Responsivity framework and experience conducting forensic risk assessments (HCR-20, SAVRY, SARA)

Why Apply?

This is an opportunity to work in a specialised area of forensic psychology and develop your clinical skills, whilst being supported by a collegial and enthusiastic team environment. There is diversity and opportunity for growth and development in the role, where no two days are the same!

This is a fantastic career opportunity for clinicians who are looking for complex, highly valuable clinical work.

Our Commitment to Diversity

At Caraniche we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness.

We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions, and encourage people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Safety Screening

Caraniche is committed to child safety. All Caraniche Youth Services employees must undergo Police Checks and Working with Children Checks.

Apply Now

Please apply by following the links provided, and remember to include an up-to-date CV and cover letter. Applications will close on Tuesday 23rd September 2021. Please note suitable candidates may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to this closing date.