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Clinical Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Clinical Psychologist
Industry: Health
Service: Youth Forensic Mental Health
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 47

Youth forensic mental health services provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and/or referral for young people aged 13 - 17 years, who are involved with the juvenile justice system and are experiencing emotional and/or mental health disorders.

In this role the clinical psychologist is expected to provide specialised assessments and psychological reports, as well as Interventions through individual, family and/or group therapy. In addition as part of a multi-disciplinary team you will be the voice of psychology providing advice, consultation and support within the team and to external stake holders. 

To be considered you will need to:

  • be a fully qualified clinical psychologist.
  • have youth forensic mental health experience.
  • be able to complete risk and clinical assessments and write reports.  
  • be an effective verbal communicator with strong relationship management skills.
  • be a strong supportive team player and be proactive in the multidisciplinary team.
  • have excellent English writing skills.
  • evidence a willingness to develop competencies in Tikanga Maori.
  • have a clean drivers license.

If interested apply in order to be evaluated. You don't have to be 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.

Shortlisted psychologists would 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.  New Zealand immigration visas would be available for qualifying overseas candidates and their families

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

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