Job Industries » Health » Job Details
  

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.

Shortlisting Criteria

Job Search

Get social:

Hot jobs & regular vacancies

  • Clinical Psychologist

    Child & Adolescent Mental Health
    New Zealand

    Is your passion to work with children and adolescents experiencing moderate to severe mental illness and psychological distress ?   These psychology jobs are within Community Mental Health Services (CAMHS). City, provincial and rural locations.

    Read More
  • Educational Psychologist

    School & Early Childhood
    New Zealand

    If you are a educational or clinical psychologist with an interest in special education we would like to hear from you.  We are currently seeking candidates for a range of locations throughout New Zealand.

    Read More
  • Forensic Psychologist

    Community Safety & Offender Rehabilitation
    New Zealand

    Are you interested in helping offenders at high risk of re-offending? Apply for this job profile to be advised of jobs working in prison or community settings.

    Read More
  • Psychologist

    Community Safety & Offender Rehabilitation
    New Zealand

    We are always interested in hearing from psychologists seeking community based criminal justice jobs.  If you enjoy completing clinical and risk assessments,  and providing therapy, consultation, supervision and training then these jobs will be of interest to you.

    Read More
  • Psychologist

    Violent Offender Rehabilitation
    New Zealand

    Are you interested in helping men change their patterns of violent behaviour?  These prison based jobs will provide the opportunity to practice your assessment and group treatment skills in a highly specialised therapeutic facility. 

    Read More
  • Clinical Psychologist

    Rural Adult Mental Health
    New Zealand

    Yearning to experience New Zealand's laid-back provincial lifestyle ?  These adult mental health  jobs are ideal for clinical psychologists who prefer to live and work in smaller towns.

    Read More
  • Clinical Psychologist

    Adult Forensic Mental Health
    New Zealand

    Interested in working with adults with severe mental illness, psychological distress and offending behaviour?  These forensic  jobs are ideal for those interested in complex assessments, forensic report writing, consultation, intervention and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

    Read More
  • Educational Psychologist

    Intensive Wrap Around
    New Zealand

    These service development psychologist jobs represent a significant shift in the management of disruptive behaviour in the education system.  Offered is the possibility to gain experience  within New Zealand’s unique and well developed network of  systems.

    Read More
  • Clinical Psychologist

    Older Adults Mental Health
    New Zealand

    Do you have experience working in older adult mental health services.  Register your interest if you wish to be considered for these rewarding psychology jobs.  

    Read More
  • Clinical Psychologist

    School & Early Childhood
    New Zealand

    If you are a educational or clinical psychologist with an interest in special education we would like to hear from you.  We regularly seek candidates for a range of locations throughout New Zealand.

    Read More

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."