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Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Psychologist
Industry: Justice
Service: Sex Offender Rehabilitation
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 247

These prison located roles suit psychologists interested in working in a purpose-built therapeutic unit, which provides intensive cognitive behavioural programmes and promotes a community of change environment.  The group therapy is designed to help men understand why they have sexually offended, increase awareness of victim harm, develop meaningful life goals and practice new thinking and behavioural skills that will lead them away from further offending. By focusing on evidence-based practice and targeted psychological treatment favourable results are obtained with this high-risk group of offenders.

In this role, you will use your training, skills and experience to provide high-quality treatment. The work includes all the various aspects of treatment delivery, ranging from risk assessment to group therapy, and preparing offenders to reintegrate into society by working closely with community-based support networks.

Expressions of interest are welcomed by psychologists of all experience levels. Senior level psychologists will provide training and supervision to other staff, including trainees and may have the prospect to undertake managerial tasks, when required.

These jobs offer the ability to further develop your career in a stimulating and professional team environment, with access to a wide range of training and research opportunities. Successful applicants will be encouraged to show initiative and develop clinical skills further through a well-developed competency-based progression system. 

To be considered  you will need to:

  • Be a fully qualified clinical or forensic or counselling psychologist.
  • Have a grounding in cognitive behavioural theory.
  • Be able to develop risk and clinical assessment skills.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with prisoners.
  • Possess an understanding of the dynamics of individual and group behaviour.
  • Be an active verbal communicator with strong relationship management skills.
  • Have excellent English writing skills, including report writing.
  • Evidence a willingness to develop competencies in Tikanga Maori.
  • Be prepared to consent to criminal conviction and substance misuse checks.

Click the button below to check our preliminary short-listing criteria and then register your interest

Suitably matched psychologists will receive additional information about the role, employer, locations, an estimate of salary and details of any relocation assistance.

Psychologists wishing to proceed to an application will receive guidance in the job application and interview preparation. Job alerts will then be forwarded as roles become available.

Expressions of interest are encouraged from both local and overseas psychologists. New Zealand immigration visas are available for qualifying candidates and their families.

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Case Study

Rob is a UK forensic psychologist we recruited. This is what he has to say:

Offender rehabilitation services in New Zealand are progressive and value their  psychologists.

"My experience of treatment, risk assessment and supervision from the UK all served me well in helping me adjust to deliver psychological services in New Zealand."

The rewards of the job are many and varied.

"An average week can find me seeing offenders in the community, offenders in the prison, supervising programme facilitators, completing parole board and court directed assessments, and contributing to national development projects."

"There's a strong professional identity for psychologists within New Zealand  justice services  and you have an opportunity to make a difference not only with offenders but other colleagues in both community and custodial settings.

The job is well supported in continuing professional development, career development and opportunity and in salary.”

And the transition - professionally and personally - has been smooth. "New Zealand is an amazing country both in terms of the people and the geography.

There are many cultural similarities to the UK so it is not a difficult country to fit into.

Technology now means that you can have face to face conversations with loved ones back home whenever you want.

One of the hardest things we face at the moment is which amazing New Zealand destination we will visit next.".

Rob's advice to others considering a similar move is: "Do it."