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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

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."