If you’re looking to challenge yourself, join a first-rate multidisciplinary team and build your reputation in a growing field, you’ll love the work at Forensic Intervention Services (FIS).
We start with the belief that every person has the capacity to change and deserves the opportunity to make that change. By building connections based on trust, professionalism, and empathy, we enable people who have predominantly committed violent and sexual offences to address their behaviour and develop insights that lead to better choices and a more constructive role in the community.
With active support at the top of government and led by highly respected leaders with a clear vision, we are transforming the way clinical forensic intervention is delivered in Australia. We are fast gaining recognition for our work not only with violent and sexual offenders, but in emerging areas such as countering violent extremism. FIS is also responsible for the provision of distress tolerance services in protective quarantine units.
OPEN CLINICIAN OPPORTUNITIES
THE WORK WE DO
We work with highly complex presentations; predominantly people who have histories of violent and sexual offending and, at times, a high risk of reoffending (we call them service users). In many cases, they have missed out on constructive care and parenting or have endured ongoing and significant trauma. The people and cases we work with are challenging and at times confronting.
Using best practice evidence-based tools, we facilitate group and individual interventions that help identify choices that led to crime and eventually the justice system. With those insights, we help develop different attitudes and perspectives that will serve the individual and the community more constructively.
Our work is fast-paced and well documented for consistency, transparency and integrity, addressing each step of the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model from assessment to treatment.
If complex work and helping to make our community safer draws on your values, then we put you right on the front line.
HOW WE WORK
Our work starts with the belief that every person has the capacity to change and deserves both help and opportunity to achieve that. We create an environment where individuals feel safe to become active and engaged.
These strong therapeutic alliances are built on trust which in turn comes from communicating and connecting with service users in a genuine, professional and empathetic way.
Our aim is to help them understand and re-think their maladaptive thoughts and behaviours and equip them with better decision-making abilities. We recognise that involvement in the justice system can be a circuit breaker in people’s lives as well as a productive time and environment for change.
We work within the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model which pairs the risk of recidivism to the intensity of the intervention. This ensures we target relevant criminogenic needs and deliver interventions in a way that is responsive to the individual.
We also work as a close multidiscplinary team, utilising combined skills in psychology, occupational therapy, social work, mental health nursing and case management.
THE ORGANISATION YOU'LL BE PART OF
Forensic Intervention Services is recognised nationally for the quality of its work and heading quickly towards world best practice and outcomes.
We are a specialist program area of Corrections Victoria (CV) providing offenders in custody and in the community with offence-specific, evidence-based screening, assessment and intervention services to support their rehabilitation.
Led by highly respected leaders with a clear vision, we have active support at the top of government and are a critical component of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) strategy to reduce reoffending and contribute to community safety.
Our core remit is working predominantly with violent and sexual offenders and developing our clinical practice under-pinned by a strong research program.
HOW THE ORGANISATION SUPPORTS US
Soon after you join FIS, you will undertake a comprehensive clinical induction program. This training is delivered by internal and external experts and provides a solid grounding in effective correctional programming, including forensic assessment, treatment, and management of men and women who perpetrate crimes of interpersonal harm.
Given the intensity and nature of our work, clinical supervision is provided on a day-to-day basis to support mental health and wellbeing. For new forensic practitioners, we provide mandatory debriefing for the first 12 months.
We also provide the following:
- Clinical leadership and the support of a dedicated clinical director.
- Exposure to leading national and international experts in forensic work.
- Professional association membership funded annually.
- Paid supervisor training for all eligible senior clinicians.
- Opportunities to apply for the Commissioner’s Clinical Scholarship Program and the Commissioner’s Clinical Conference Grant.
- An annual Leadership Forum and Conference for technical and professional development.
- Advanced technical training opportunities.
- Opportunities to participate in or lead research programs.
- Student placements and internships.
- Relocation allowances for eligible candidates.
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
We’re looking for people to join our multidisciplinary teams that include psychologists, social workers, mental health nurses and occupational therapists with complementary skills and experience to address different aspects of a person’s rehabilitation.
To apply, you’ll need to hold, or be eligible for, one of the following:
- Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
- Eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
- Registered as a nurse and be eligible to be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse.
- Registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
Key personal qualities we look for in our clinical workforce include:
- A desire to be challenged.
- Resilience - we will help you develop this.
- Empathy and optimism.
- Committed team players.
The department is also committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic).
Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes:
1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account)
2. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or
3. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you.