Careers

A Meaningful Career at Children's Aid Society

2023 marks more than 120 years of Children’s Aid Society serving the community. Through Children’s Aid Society’s two services, Melrose Home (35 Boon Lay Avenue) and Melrose Care (Blk 557, #01-63, Woodlands Drive 53), we provide residential care and specialised therapies to support children and youths who have experienced adverse life circumstances such as abuse or neglect. Our services seek to mitigate the impact of these circumstances so that the children and youths have better outcomes in terms of mental health, educational attainment and can engage in healthy relationships with peers.

If you are interested to be a part of our dynamic team and advocate for the successful lives, stable families, and a strong community, below is a list of our available positions. Please send your resume to recruitment@childrensaidsociety.org.sg.

Current Vacancies

Job Summary

Working in a multi-disciplinary team, the Senior Psychologist/Counsellor will provide psychotherapy services for children, individuals, couples and families using a trauma-focused lens as well as support the Centre Manager in the intake process. The Senior Psychologist/Counsellor will also be involved in supervision, training and professional development activities for Melrose Care and Melrose Home, when required.

Roles & Responsibilities

1. Clinical

  • Provide evidence informed therapeutic services for clients, incorporating best practice principles and guidelines like trauma-focused and trauma-informed care
  • Practice standards should minimally be conducted according to local professional bodies that provide oversight on therapeutic human services and according to Melrose Care standards of practice
  • When needed and where consent has been obtained, provide consultation, support and update on the clients’ progress and status to caregivers and all those involved in the care team
  • Keep timely and proper records of the sessions and case conferences conducted as well as supervision notes pertaining to the case. The records should be of a professional standard guided minimally by related local professional associations such as Singapore Association of Counselling and the like and according to Melrose Care SOPs and standards of practice
  • Where needed, prepare and submit professional reports to referring agencies, the court, etc.
  • Evaluate and reflect on own clinical practice to ensure that clients’ needs are met and standards adhered to
  • Provide clinical input to centre’s processes (intake processes, case assignments etc), practice standards to ensure that they are trauma-informed and in accordance with best practices and professional standards
  • Conduct Assessments
    • Senior Psychologist – conduct mental health assessment for youth and adolescent, and adults (when required for client’s caregivers/parents)
    • Senior Counsellor – conduct family assessment, assessing attachment patterns in the family system. Preferably trained in family therapy or systemic therapy

2. Professional Development

  • Keep abreast of development in areas pertaining to best practice guidelines for trauma-focused interventions, emerging evidence-based interventions and other relevant and sound therapeutic techniques. This could be in the form of readings, online/in-person training
  • Participate and co-facilitate regular internal supervision sessions and other internal professional group meetings
  • Where needed and directed by Centre Manager, conduct in-house or external training programmes for relevant staff, caregivers and volunteers in the organization/community

3. Leadership and Supervision

  • Provide clinical supervision for staff including case consultation, individual/group supervision, guidance on issues surrounding self-as-a-practitioner, professional ethics, trauma-focused interventions, keeping to established standards of practice etc.
  • Periodically review supervisee’s clinical case notes/recordings and provide appropriate clinical guidance and feedback
  • Co-lead or lead in case reviews/conferences, presentation and/or publication of best practices, practice-based research at appropriate platform approved by Centre Manager and/or Executive Director
  • Attend and contribute regularly to Team Meetings, external meetings representing the program and any other meetings as and when necessary
  • Supervise and contribute to initial assessments, initial consultations with clients and referring agencies
  • Supervise and participate in referral screening process where needed
  • Initiate engagement and work collaboratively with other stakeholders/community partners to support clients and develop their own trauma informed community of support
  • Contribute to reviewing and updating Melrose Care SOPs and standards of practice together with Principal Psychologist and Centre Manager to ensure alignment with CAS strategic plans and professional best practice
  • Provide case/session statistics and other work-related information as and when requested by Centre Manger
  • Utilize information technology and various software to facilitate capturing of clinical information, analyze trends and other data

Experience and qualifications

  • Minimum Masters in Psychology, Counselling or related area of studies
  • Professional training/certification in specific therapeutic modalities, preferably in trauma-informed practices
  • Ability to conceptualise complex cases, make sound assessment, and develop appropriate intervention plans
  • Minimum 5 years of clinical experience providing therapeutic intervention to children and adolescents impacted by abuse/trauma
  • Minimum 2 years of clinical supervision experience supporting clinical staff who provide therapeutic services to children survivors of family violence/complex trauma
  • Prior experience volunteering or working in community-based organisations
  • Prior experience engaging both internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Eligible for registration with relevant professional body
  • Senior Psychologist – Minimum 2 years conducting mental health assessments for youth and adolescent
  • Senior Counsellor – Minimum 2 years conducting family assessments, assessing attachment patterns in the family system

Qualities

  • Empathy and the ability to deal with people in distress
  • Ability to remain calm in stressful situations and apprise clinical situation to provide appropriate intervention
  • Ability to balance clinical and agency needs in areas like clinical intervention, case conferences, when dealing with clients, external partners etc.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with good organisational and time management
  • Self-motivated to learn and integrate a range of therapeutic modalities for the benefit of client

Job Summary

  • Assist Unit Leader, Residential Care (RC) in the operations of the Home to ensure that all the residents are provided with quality care and protection
  • Provide proper supervision, guidance and quality care are delivered to the children or youths in an identified unit (approx. 8 to 15 residents) in Melrose Home

Duties and Responsibilities

Home Management

  • Programme Development

    • To develop and implement biopsychosocial or educational programmes in the unit. At times, to collaborate with the Social Care Team in the development and implementation of the programmes
    • To lead the GOs and GAs in the research, development, delivery and evaluation of the programmes
    • To provide guidance and coaching to GOs and GAs as their execute their roles and responsibilities during the programme
  •  Resident Management

    • Supervision of Residents’ Physical Needs
      • To ensure residents received adequate food nourishment and support them in doing their laundry
    • Supervision of Residents’ Psychosocial Needs
      • To provide supervision and care to the residents. The GO is to actively promote the involvement of all residents in the Home’s social group, counter the isolation of individuals by others, nurture friendships between residents, and support those residents who for any reason do not readily “fit in” to the social group
      • To guide and develop socially acceptable behaviour in residents, in a manner that does not infringe on their rights or the rights of others, and which is consistent with sound behaviour management principles
      • To support the residents’ adherence to the Unit’s behaviour management system. This system gives clarity to the rules and requirements of the Home and sets clear expectations on how residents should relate to one another
      • To manage residents’ behavioural issues using a trauma-informed approach
      • To provide guidance for residents in supporting their growth and development and motivate/mentor the residents.
      • To provide support for the positive social and emotional development of the residents
    • Health and Hygiene
      • To ensure the proper maintenance and cleanliness of the Home’s premises and the unit’s dormitory.
      • To educate and reinforce acceptable personal hygiene standards to youth and children
      • To oversee the medical and health needs of the residents in the unit
      • To provide supervision and support to Guidance Officers / Associates in their execution of their duties in residents’ medical care
    • Academic and Cognitive Needs
      • To oversee the academic needs of the residents in the unit
      • To provide supervision and support to Guidance Officers / Associates as they supervise residents’ academic needs and requirements
    • Crisis Management
      • To provide on-site incident or crisis management when necessary
      • When required, anchor investigations and put up incident reports
    • Supervision Outside of Melrose Home
      • To escort and supervise youths and children to and from the clinic, the hospital, the school or to attend programmes and activities outside the Home
    • Integrated Care Plans
      • In consultation with the Caseworker, to support the Residents’ integrated care plans through the programmes delivered in the unit or through day to day tasks/activities
  • With the Manager and Deputy Manager, RC, to ensure that the Home operations, SOPs documentation etc achieves high standards for Licensing Audit by MSF
  • Human Resource Management
    • When directed by Unit Leader, to provide general guidance and mentoring to new staff (Guidance Officers / Guidance Assistants) or interns
    • When directed, be overall in-charge of the operation of the Wing during his / her shift
  • Finance
    • Receive donations in cash or kind, as regulated by the Home procedures when called upon
  • Undertake any other duties directed by Unit Leader and/or Manager, RC

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Relevant experience in the social service sector, especially residential care would be an advantage

Job Summary

  • Assist Unit Leader, Residential Care (RC) in the operations of the Home to ensure that all the residents are provided with quality care and protection
  • Provide proper supervision, guidance and quality care are delivered to the children or youths in an identified unit (approx. 10 to 15 residents) in Melrose Home

Duties and Responsibilities

Home Management

  • Programme Development

    • To support and support the Unit Leaders and Senior Guidance Officers’ efforts in developing and implementing biopsychosocial or educational programmes in the unit
  •  Resident Management

    • Supervision of Residents’ Physical Needs
    • To ensure residents received adequate food nourishment and support them in doing their laundry
    • Supervision of Residents’ Psychosocial Needs
      • To provide supervision and care to the residents. The GO is to actively promote the involvement of all residents in the Home’s social group, counter the isolation of individuals by others, nurture friendships between residents, and support those residents who for any reason do not readily “fit in” to the social group
      • To guide and develop socially acceptable behaviour in residents, in a manner that does not infringe on their rights or the rights of others, and which is consistent with sound behaviour management principles
      • To support the residents’ adherence to the Unit’s behaviour management system. This system gives clarity to the rules and requirements of the Home and sets clear expectations on how residents should relate to one another
      • To manage residents’ behavioural issues using a trauma-informed approach
      • To provide guidance for residents in supporting their growth and development and motivate/mentor the residents
      • To provide support for the positive social and emotional development of the residents
    • Health and Hygiene
      • To ensure the proper maintenance and cleanliness of the Home’s premises and the unit’s dormitory
      • To educate and reinforce acceptable personal hygiene standards to youth and children
      • To oversee the medical and health needs of the residents in the unit
    • Academic and Cognitive Needs
      • To oversee the academic needs of the residents in the unit
    • Crisis Management
      • To provide on-site incident or crisis management when necessary
    • Supervision Outside of Melrose Home
      • To escort and supervise youths and children to and from the clinic, the hospital, the school or to attend programmes and activities outside the Home
    • Integrated Care Plans
      • In consultation with the Caseworker, to support the Residents’ integrated care plans through the programmes delivered in the unit or through day to day tasks/activities
  • Undertake any other duties directed by Unit Leader and / or Manager, RC

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Relevant experience in the social service sector, especially residential care would be an advantage

Job Summary

  • To cook meals for residents and staff in a hygienic manner as prescribed in the weekly Menu

Summary of essential job functions

  • To prepare and cook balanced meals as set out in the Menu
  • To indent vegetables, meat and other cooking items required for consumption a week in advance
  • To ensure that the kitchen is kept clean at all times
  • To ensure freshness of food to be cooked and fruits to be consumed
  • To assist the Supervisor in the purchase and ordering of food items
  • To be vaccinated against typhoid and such mandatory tests as required by the Health Authorities

Other Duties

  • To perform any other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Home Manager.