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Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Psychologist
Industry: Justice
Service: Community Safety & Offender Rehabilitation
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 15

These psychology jobs suit fully qualified clinical or forensic psychologists seeking to join highly specialist teams. Duties are varied and include clinical and risk assessments, therapy, case management, and providing consultation and advice.

In these jobs, you will use your training, skills and experience to provide high quality assessments that focus of community safety and offender rehabilitation. In addition, you will provide offence focused therapy to offenders at high risk of re-offending, who are either in prison or serving community sentences. You would collaborate with other professionals and community organisations to provide consultation and advice on risk management and to support offenders to be crime free. 

Expressions of interest are welcomed from recently qualified through to highly experienced psychologists.  Senior level psychologists will provide supervision to other staff, including trainees and may undertake managerial level tasks, when required.

These opportunities 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. Good working conditions and competitive salaries are offered.  Psychologists new to this field would be supported in transitioning into this area of work.

Our client is internationally recognised as a market leader in offender rehabilitation and community safety. Their goal is to reduce rates of re-offending. They seek psychologists who are passionate about the field of forensic psychology and offer the opportunity to join a highly skilled and valued workforce. 

Ideal candidates  will:

  • be a fully qualified clinical or forensic psychologist.
  • have a grounding in cognitive behavioural theory.
  • be able to complete risk and clinical assessments.
  • demonstrate an ability to work with prisoners.
  • possess an understanding of the dynamics of individual and group behaviour.
  • be an effective 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.

If interested then apply in order to be evaluated.  You don't have to be an currently job seeking to apply.

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

Short-listed psychologists will receive guidance in making applications 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 would be available for qualifying overseas candidates and their families.

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Case Study

Liz is an Australian forensic psychologist we placed.  This is what she has to say.

"The work and research done in New Zealand with offenders is world class and I jumped at the chance to be part of it."

As well as the interesting and challenging work, New Zealand offers a laid back lifestyle.

"The people are friendly and welcoming.

Because it is a relatively small country, it's easy to get out and explore the scenery and there are many great things to do and see."

Liz says the best part of her job is seeing offenders make tangible changes.

"Even though the change process is hard, to see people determined to live better lives makes the work we do as psychologists meaningful."

Working with offenders in New Zealand has a unique cultural dimension.

"When I first came to the specialist treatment unit, where I did group work with violent offenders I was welcomed with a full powhiri (traditional welcome).

This was one of the most amazing moments of my life and provided me with a strong sense of connection and belonging."

Liz says ongoing cultural supervision provided by her employer has helped her work with Maori people and therapeutic concepts in a sensitive and informed way.

The camaraderie and support and friendship of her colleagues have added to the richness of her role.

"My experience working in New Zealand has been great; the support and guidance provided makes it a rich environment in which you can develop and foster your skills as a psychologist."