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Psychologist - Salvation Army Sunrise Centre

The Salvation Army Sunrise Centre in Darwin is looking for a psychologist to join their team.

Position Title:  Psychologist

Classification: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010,

Department:  Sunrise Centre

Primary purpose of role

To provide evidence based best practice specialist psychological services to clients presenting with substance use problems while accessing the Sunrise Centre Alcohol and Other Drugs Rehabilitation program

Role Responsibilities

  • Conduct assessment, diagnosis, case formulation and treatment of psychopathology as it is variously manifested in cognitive, emotional, motivational, personality and behavioural disturbances, which takes into consideration current criminal charges, previous criminal antecedents, mental health status, drug use, psychosocial history, child protection, domestic violence and other risk factors, for clients at the Sunrise Centre.
  • Provide clinical services to a designated number of clients.
  • Ensure the use of psychometrically sound screening and assessment procedures to inform appropriate treatment interventions.
  • Exercise independent judgement in the application and adaptation of psychological principles, methods, and techniques.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree in psychology or similar, with background experience in Alcohol & Other Drugs.
  • Provisional Psychologists must have or be eligible to apply for provisional registration under the national registration scheme (AHPRA).
  • Knowledge of Alcohol & Other Drugs, community services and health sectors (preferably in a residential treatment setting).
  • A national police record check is required.
  • A current and valid Working with Children Check is required.
  • Current first Aid Certificate or willing to obtain one.
  • A current and valid Northern Territory Drivers Licence.
  • Be able to provide proof of Eligibility to Work in Australia.


  • Demonstrated skills in psychosocial and psychometric assessment and interpretation of results to help guide treatment.
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based psychological, behavioural management and counselling interventions for adults with co-morbid mental health and substance abuse problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide clinical leadership, consultation, training, research, and clinical supervision to other health service professionals.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multidisciplinary Drug and Alcohol/Mental Health context including Drug and Alcohol clinical research/service evaluation.
  • Prioritising workload demands in a manner that permits timely delivery of clinical services, clinical supervision, consultation, and ongoing professional development.
  • Allocation of appropriate time for non-clinical activities such as WH&S, quality activities, service planning and development, data entry and provision of training.
  • Allocation of appropriate time to design, implement and evaluate clinically focused research based on service treatment programs.
  • Managing a clinical load with clinical leadership roles and responsibilities.
  • Plan and select appropriate specialist psychosocial/psychometric assessments for clients depending on their needs.
  • Consolidate assessment data to formulate evidence-based treatment plans and selecting the most appropriate method of intervention.
  • Regular review of treatment progress with clients to adjust treatment plans as required.
  •  With consultation, withdrawal of clients, matters relating to the safety of clients, staff or others; and complaints.

Requirements of the role

Manage Self to Demonstrates motivation that shows commitment to achieving challenging and complex goals, whilst demonstrates a high level of personal motivation.

Act Ethically and with Integrity to demonstrates professionalism to support a culture of integrity within the Salvation Army. 

Acts to prevent misconduct, illegal and inappropriate behaviour.

Communicate Effectively to ensure that you clearly explain complex concepts and argument to create shared understanding with individuals and groups. 

Creates opportunities for others to contribute to discussion and debate.

Work Collaboratively to acknowledge collaborative efforts that lead to successful outcomes, and build cooperation and overcomes barriers to information sharing, communication, and collaboration across workgroups.

Facilitates opportunities to engage and collaborate with external stakeholders to develop joint solutions.

Engenders wellbeing, synergy and a spirit of collaboration across teams.

Focus on People we Serve to deliver a holistic service and to provide service appropriately and responsively to the needs of people, while recognises the need for referral and takes appropriate action.  Advocates and negotiates effectively for people.

Innovate and continuously Improve to implement improvements and innovations to actively contribute to improvements and innovations of the Sunrise centre.

Please email for more information or to apply.