Forensic Intervention Services (FIS) offers challenging and rewarding roles across a range of disciplines.

We offer opportunities to:

  • develop your clinical expertise in forensic therapeutics
  • undertake training and professional development
  • take part in research programs
  • work in management or specialist roles across diverse teams and locations.
 

Video transcript: The work we do at Forensic Intervention Services

Alfie Oliva, Director, Forensic Intervention Services:

“The vision for Forensic Intervention Services is to become a world-leader in forensic criminogenic interventions through a very structured assessment process and a very targeted program suite.”

Joshua Yeap, Clinician, Forensic Intervention Services

“A service user is someone who has been convicted of a sexual or violent offence and they have received a sentence from the courts. It could be a sentence to imprisonment or a community correction order.”

Leigh Taylor, Clinician, Forensic Intervention Services

“Working with these kinds of service users can be a little bit challenging and you might need a little more patience than you may need with other types of service users you might encounter.”

Clair McLeish, Clinician, Forensic Intervention Services

“There’s a lot of static risk factors when we’re doing an initial screening, so we might look at their age, how many times they’ve been to court, if they’ve had prior offending that’s similar, if they’ve had other offending, the victim types and victim targets.

“And that will help determine what is the next step for them in terms of needing a clinical assessment, or if they move on to treatment, or if they could be best supported with other community services.”

Simone Shaw, Clinical Director, Forensic Intervention Services

“The model of care is bedded in the Risk Needs Responsivity Model, so very basically we identify the level of risk of recidivism of the individual and then we match the intensity of our interventions with the risk level.”

Laura Munslow, Senior Clinician, Forensic Intervention Services

Typically, what we are hoping to achieve with our services users is to support them in recognising areas where they have gone off track and made unhealthy choices and decisions that have impacted their lives and the lives of others resulting in their imprisonment or being subjected to a community corrections order.”

Leigh Taylor:

“What we are looking for is some insight and motivation from the service user. So, insight into what put them into the position they are in today, and some motivation to attend the programs and get the skills that they need to be the person they would like to be.”

Laura Munslow:

“I find it fulfilling. The staff are incredible. The team overall are phenomenal. And it’s just so rewarding to work in a role that has significant meaning to community safety and to support individuals in making positive changes in their lives.”

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Challenge yourself with Forensic Intervention Services

Justice.vic.gov.au/forensic-careers

Victoria State Government – Department of Justice and Community Safety

 

Roles available:

  • Clinicians
  • Senior Clinicians
  • Principal Clinicians
  • Clinical Lead and Project Management roles

Clinicians

FIS clinicians work with service users who have histories of violent and/or sexual offending.

FIS multidisciplinary teams include:

  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • mental health nurses
  • occupational therapists.

We combine our complementary skills and experience to address service users’ rehabilitation needs.

Two clinicians and three service users sitting in a circle in a session.

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About you

To be successful you will:

  • be motivated to help make our community safer and reduce reoffending
  • believe that all people deserve help to change.

You will utilise best practice principles of therapeutic intervention, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Risk Needs Responsivity Model
  • Strengths Based Approaches.

You will need to hold, or be eligible for, one of the following:

  • registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Clinician support

Day-to-day work can be intense. You will need to have insight into your own wellbeing and what support enables you to reset and refresh. This resilience is something we help develop for all clinical staff.

FIS provides a comprehensive clinical induction program. This training:

  • provides a best-practice introduction to effective correctional programming
  • is delivered by clinical experts and recognised industry leaders.

Ongoing support is delivered via clinical supervision. Our practitioners tell us the level of care we provide is exceptional. Clinicians are supported on a daily basis. The focus is split between:

  • looking after your mental health and wellbeing
  • developing your clinical practice.

All new clinicians debrief for their initial 12 months.

As employees of the Department of Justice and Community Safety, all clinicians also have access to free, confidential, 24-hour Employee Wellbeing and Support service. 

Professional development

FIS offers:

  • exposure to leading experts in forensic work
  • funded Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration or professional association membership
  • development and advanced technical training opportunities
  • opportunities to participate in or lead research programs
  • student placements and internships
  • study leave
  • relocation allowances available for eligible candidates.

For high performing staff, opportunities include the:

  • Commissioner’s Clinical Scholarship Program
  • Commissioner’s Conference Grant.
Two male clinicians talking

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Senior Clinicians

Senior Clinicians lead and develop multidisciplinary teams. Teams can include clinicians, case workers, case managers and custodial staff.

As a senior clinician, you will:

  • provide expert consultation on clinical practice
  • help drive awareness and education in offending behaviour
  • consult on high-level issues in offender management.

Day to day responsibilities include:

  • supervising a team of clinicians to support assessment and delivery of program interventions
  • managing staff performance and development
  • contributing to strategic management and development of our psychotherapeutic services.
Two female clinicians watching a clinical session on a monitor.

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Principal Clinicians

Principal Clinician is a relatively new role within FIS. It allows senior clinicians to focus on clinical practice without managing a team.

You will apply your expert clinical acumen to complex cases, including:

  • conducting assessments
  • delivering offence-specific and offence-related interventions
  • providing group or individual based interventions.

Clinical Lead and Project Management roles

These roles support delivery of interventions across the service. They drive improvement in areas such as strategic research and evaluation.

A smiling female clinician.

Clinical Leads

Clinical Lead roles are responsible for:

  • developing and maintaining evaluation and research frameworks that underpin forensic intervention programs
  • building internal evidence-based knowledge of the impact of therapeutic interventions.

Project Management

Project Managers support improvements in clinical service delivery across the system.

Project Managers in FIS:

  • use the Project Management Excellence (PME) framework
  • collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including clinical staff.

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