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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

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."