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The Role 

The main role of a Child and Adolescent Neurofeedback Specialist Counsellor is to provide assessment, counselling and  neurofeedback therapy to children and adolescents from refugee backgrounds who are survivors of trauma. Using  innovative techniques such as Neurofeedback, Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP), and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) this role  will assist in alleviating the effects of trauma, fostering resilience, and promoting emotional and psychological healing  in a supportive and culturally sensitive environment. 

This role would also include liaising with schools, teachers, counsellors and other relevant professionals, while using  STARTTS systemic approach in working with children and adolescents and their families. This role is also expected to  participate in research and other relevant projects and to provide internal and external trainings related to  neurofeedback, Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and biofeedback.


Reference No.1121
Applications CloseMay 3, 2024
Job Board
Job CategoryPsychology & Counselling, Social Work
Job FieldHealth, Mental Health and Counselling
Employment BasisFull Time
LocationSouth West Sydney

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Essential Criteria

  1. Relevant qualifications in Psychology, Social Work or other related fields. 
  2. Understanding of refugee issues, and the effects of torture and trauma on children and adolescents, their families  and communities. 
  3. Demonstrated skills in providing assessment and therapy to children and adolescents. 
  4. Demonstrated experience and ability to advocate cooperate and liaise with school personnel including  counsellors, teachers and parents. 
  5. Training and experience in Neurofeedback therapy or readiness to undertake further training and develop skills in  Neurofeedback.
  6. Demonstrated interest in applied neuroscience and/or use of neuromodulation techniques in working with  children and adolescents. 
  7. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain  effective working relationships. 
  8. Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team within a multicultural environment.

*This position is considered child-related employment and will require a Working with Children Background Check and a National Police Check. 


*This role is a Category A role. It is mandatory for Category A workers to meet and maintain the vaccination criteria (as per the  current NSW Health and STARTTS policies) including annual Influenza vaccinations. Two doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine will  be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status. If successful you must provide evidence of vaccination. 

Additionally, vaccination and/or assessment is required for Category A workers for the following transmissible diseases – measles,  mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and tuberculosis. If successful  you must also provide evidence of vaccination and/or assessment. 

Should you not be able to comply with vaccination requirements before your commencement date, the offer of employment may  be withdrawn. 

If you have a medical reason for why you cannot be vaccinated, a medical contraindication evidence will be required.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Current full registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and eligibility for  Medicare Provider number. 
  2. Current NSW Driver’s Licence.

Other Information

Enquiries: Mirjana Askovic on (02) 9646 6700 

Work Type: Full-time; 38 hours per week. Contract up to 2 Years (Continuation subject to ongoing funding)

Location: Fairfield 

Vaccination Requirement: Category A. 

Salary: Psychologist, or other relevant classification based on qualifications, experience, and requirements of  the role. A generous salary packaging scheme is also offered. 

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please ensure you address the selection criteria as thoroughly as  possible.

  1. Complete a STARTTS Application for Employment Form
  2. Write a Statement Against the Selection Criteria outlining how you meet the selection criteria (see the guide How to apply for a job at STARTTS)
  3. Submit an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV) 
  4. Provide copies of relevant Qualifications if applicable (overseas qualification must be assessed by an appropriate Australian body to be considered)
  5. Statements of Service from previous relevant roles (if applicable, please ask us for a sample)
  6. A cover letter is optional.
  7. Email your application and supporting documents to:

Closing date: Friday 3 May 2024

NB: Depending on the role, if appointed, you may need a current ‘NSW Working With Children Check’ clearance, follow this link for information on how to apply of your check:


Do you want to work in one of Australia’s leading organisations providing treatment and rehabilitation to torture and trauma survivors; that’s quality focused, diverse & committed to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable people in communities? 

Come & join us! 

The Organisation 

"STARTTS is a not-for-profit Affiliated Health Organisation focused on providing a broad range of services to refugees in NSW. The focus of STARTTS approach is on building capacity and empowering people and communities to take control over their own lives, using a strengths-based approach and building on individual, family, community and cultural strengths." 

ContactMirjana Askovic
Phone number (02) 9646 6700