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Clinical Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Clinical Psychologist
Industry: Health
Service: Adult Forensic Mental Health
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 10

New Zealand’s public healthcare system offers high quality integrated health services. A recovery model approach is adopted.

Forensic mental health services provide triage, consultation, liaison and advice to the Courts.  Prisons are provided with consultation and liaison, assistance with behavioural / management plans, assessment and ongoing treatment of inmates who have a mental health illness. Reports and oral evidence is provided to the Parole Boards. Inpatient services include acute, secure, semi-secure wards as well as community based outpatient services.  

Service delivery is managed by multi-disciplinary teams (MDT) comprising of clinical psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, substance misuse clinicians and administrative personal.

The focus population typically present with complex and multiple problems (e.g., substance misuse, cognitive impairment, psychosis, personality disorder) as well as a range of offending behaviours.

The clinical psychologist role involves providing comprehensive psychological assessments including psychometric evaluations, clinical management and ongoing therapeutic interventions.

These roles requires a good deal of collaboration within multi-disciplinary teams and the provision of psychological consultation to other professionals and agencies.

Supervision and professional development opportunities will be provided.

To be considered for these roles you will need to:

  • be a fully qualified clinical psychologist.  
  • possess knowledge of forensic mental health and offending focused risk assessments.
  • demonstrate experience completing assessments and interventions with forensic populations.
  • have experience of writing reports for legal proceedings.
  • be an effective verbal communicator with strong relationship management skills.
  • be able to provide psychological consultation and advice.
  • have a drivers licence.

If you are interested in this job profile then apply in order to be evaluated against the short listing criteria.  Note that you don't currently have to be an active jobseeker in order to apply.  

Suitably matched applicants will receive additional information about the role, the employer and the locations. An estimate of likely salary and details of any relocation assistance would also be provided.

Shortlisted psychologists wishing to proceed to application will receive guidance in making 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. This position would support New Zealand immigration visas for qualifying overseas candidates and their families.

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Case Study

Natalie is a clinical psychologist recruited from the UK. This is what she had to say.

Job hunting from halfway around the world proved no barrier. After two years working in forensic mental health services in the UK, she says New Zealand sounded like an ideal change.

"I wanted to move away from the hectic London lifestyle but was not yet ready to move home to Ireland. I applied for the job in Wellington before moving and was pleasantly surprised at how easy the process was. I was interviewed over the phone, then it was relatively straightforward to obtain visas and to register as a clinical psychologist in New Zealand,"

Natalie says her favourite part of the job is working therapeutically with a complex group of people. "I love the diversity of the role. I work with individuals in prison and the community; I have the opportunity to complete assessments, provide interventions, work on research projects, and supervise others."

Empathy, understanding and analytical skills are vital, along with the ability to step back and make clear decisions about how best to help each individual. "Working therapeutically with offenders requires patience, tolerance and a willingness to work with the person at their level and their pace."

My employer welcomes psychologists with clinical or forensic backgrounds and provides excellent working conditions and a clear career structure. "It is a progressive organisation that respects its psychologists. There's a strong emphasis on rehabilitation and psychologists play a key role in this," says Natalie.

As for her new home: "New Zealand is an easy place to move to and a great place to live, especially if you enjoy the outdoors. It's every bit as beautiful as it is made out to be."