We currently have an opportunity for a registered or clinical psychologist who has experience in working with children and teens to join our Aberfoyle Park team (located about 30 minutes south of the CBD) OR our Wayville team (behind Greenhill Road).  If you are interested in a position with us, please feel free to confidentially email Kirrilie at kirriliesmout@developingminds.net.au and I can talk with you informally about the position to see whether you might like to apply. In the meantime, for an overview about working with us, please read on.

Current roles available

This position is for a minimum of 2 days per week (with 3 appointments per week needing to be outside school hours time slots) - this may be before or after school) and potentially up to 3-4 days per week if desired at either our Wayville clinic as well as at our Aberfoyle Park office. The role is primarily 1:1 therapy work with children and teens from 4 to 18 years old (and their families), with some opportunity to run our parenting and child therapy groups in the evenings or Saturday mornings.

Essential criteria

This role is for a registered or clinical psychologist. Unfortunately due to our funding models we cannot employ provisionally registered psychologists, counsellors or other mental health professionals. We are looking for a psychologist with experience in working with children, adolescents and parents/caregivers, with a strong focus on evidence based practice, commitment to professional development, exceptional written and verbal communication skills and an interest in supporting others in a team environment.

The benefits of working with us include:

  • Extensive training and supervision in how to work even more effectively with children, young people and their families. This training and supervision is provided to you at no cost and includes (initially fortnightly and then monthly) focussed supervision, case conceptualisation and skills training - as well as quarterly peer supervision and quarterly whole team professional development in childhood/adolescent psychology. We can also provide supervision towards clinical endorsement.

  • Debriefing opportunities and support from an extremely friendly and caring team of over 20 psychologists, including rostered "on call" senior psychologists available for crisis support about clinical or professional practice issues 24/7, two team leaders, clinical systems manager and director - to support you to feel confident in working with all kinds of children, teens and families.

  • Extensive, friendly and efficient administration support (appointment bookings, reminder calls, rescheduling, payments taken, GP letters sent, all outcome measures scored etc. Sometimes even cups of coffee made, depending on levels of desperation:)) from our team of amazing receptionists and extraordinarily capable admin executive team.

  • Management support from team leaders and clinical program director (ie we will update you regularly as to changes in policy about issues related to Better Access, NDIS funding, Primary Health Network funding, legal and ethical issues and other developments related to mental health in children and young people in Australia) to support you to practice at an exceptionally high professional standard (which of course reduces any risks of safety concerns for clients and of APHRA complaints).

  • Job Security: As a result of strong community and school based programs, education and services over the last 15 years, we have strong client demand (generally we have between 8 weeks and 3 months waiting lists) for our services as a result of recognition and awareness of our services in SA. In addition, Developing Minds are funded by a variety of funding models (including primary health networks, NDIS, Better Access, Department of Child Protection, School based funding and other private funding) which we believe is helpful in the context of changing government approaches to mental health funding.

  • Work variety and opportunity to work with high needs families: As a result of not being restricted to only using Better Access funding, our psychologists have the opportunity to work with a variety of child and adolescent and parent client groups, with up to 50% of clients able to access "gap free" services, access 18 fully funded sessions a year , have parent-only sessions and being funded to do some liaison and meetings with with teachers/other professionals.

  • Professional indemnity insurance paid in full for you.

  • Yearly professional development allowance to spend on any workshops or training you like which would support your work with kids and teens.

  • Access to our library: hundreds of print, email, video, animations, book and therapy-material resources to use in sessions with children and families.

  • Bimonthly "Working with kids/teens research" email sent to all clinicians with a summary of recent scientific literature about child/adolescent therapy issues (as collated by one of our psychologists) and upcoming PD opportunities in SA outside our own PD.

  • Working in our rooms - bright, comfortable and purpose designed for kids and teens, with space to keep your own materials if you want to add them to ours

  • Work as an employee not contractor - ie no need to complete your own BAS, put aside tax or managing financial accounts as this is all done for you. Workcover, superannuation, parenting leave and long service leave entitlements apply as per usual as an employee. You are paid initially as a casual employee (and therefore at a higher rate than a permanent position) which allows for flexibility to take unpaid leave when and how you want. After 12 months of regular work you will have the option to transfer - if you wish - to permanent part time status and be paid therefore be paid for sick/annual leave.

  • Opportunities to provide services other than one to one counselling - ie facilitating the parent groups we run (Connect, Coach and Take Charge), our child based therapy group (“Chilled”) and in the long term have the potential to be involved in providing online therapeutic support for families (calmkidcentral.com)

  • Our Aberfoyle Park office is set in a leafy, spacious shopping centre complex with all offices having large windows and walking access to shops and coffee shops. Our Wayville offices are similar, ie set in leafy street with on street parking, again with coffee shops nearby (can you sense a theme here?).

  • We have achieved National Standards for Mental Health Services accreditation (one of only a very small number of private practices in SA having achieved this accreditation) and therefore have high standards of clinical governance.

  • We were awarded first prize in the 2018 Australian Paediatric Allied Health Practice Excellence awards (criteria assessed was Collaboration within the Allied Health community; Impact and innovation over the last 12 months; Client centred, evidence based service delivery; Leadership and/or integrity; and Quality, safety and ethics in their practice).

Our clinical psychologists initially earn a salary approximately the equivalent of SA government allied health professionals high stream 2, and over the course of 18 months to 3 years (depending on how many days a week you work) you will gradually move up to a salary equivalent of stream 3 or 4 plus super (exact amount dependent on the amount of leave the clinician chooses to take).  This is based on our clinicians seeing approximately 4.5-4.8 clients per full day (this also includes a supervision appointment between once a week and once a month). Please note our clinicians do not generally have 7 client session days as we like to have some time for case notes, supervision, preparation and self care.

Clinical psychologists working with kids and teens with anxiety, depression, behavioural problems.

We care about social justice and the business donates $5 from every new client to Save the Children,

Most importantly, we care about young people and their families - and each other.  We catch up a few times a year for social and/or Developing Minds “kids day” gatherings (ie dinners, the Zoo, Bounce, roller skating, bowling!!) 

Of course, this is not a “perfect” organisation, and there are challenges and parts of our workplace which need improvement. However, we are keen to continue to improve and are open to feedback from our team about how to keep making this a better workplace for our team and a better service for the families we work with.

Here are a few photos of some of our team. If you would like more information about Developing Minds, you can go to:

Our website: www.developingminds.net.au or our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/developingminds.net.au

We were also interviewed for a feature in the August 2016 Edition of InPsych - this is now somewhat out of date as we have grown and developed since then, but it has some information about the basics of our practice:

https://www.psychology.org.au/inpsych/2016/october/smout/

Kirrilie Smout, psychologist specialising in children and teen therapy

If you have any questions feel free to confidentially email me at any time.  I'm very happy to chat about the work to see if it might suit you before you formally apply. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible (preferably prior to November), so please get in touch quickly if you are interested.

Kirrilie - Director, Developing Minds Psychology (kirriliesmout@developingminds.net.au)

Updated 20/8/2019