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Clinical Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Clinical Psychologist
Industry: Health
Service: Rural Adult Mental Health
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 43

New Zealand's public healthcare system offers high quality integrated services in smaller provincial towns and rural areas. These roles offer the ability to experience the very unique Kiwi heartland lifestyle.

Adult mental health services provide community based care to adults aged 17 – 64.  Referrals are from those experiencing moderate to severe mental illness and psychological distress.  

Service delivery is managed by multidisciplinary teams (MDT) comprising of clinical psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, substance misuse clinicians and administrative personnel.  An adapted recovery model approach is adopted.

The clinical psychologist role is to provide comprehensive psychological assessments including psychometric evaluations, clinical management and ongoing therapeutic interventions. The role requires a good deal of collaboration within multidisciplinary teams and the provision of psychological consultation to other professionals and agencies, including primary care services.

Supervision and professional development opportunities will be provided.

Enquiries are invited from local and overseas trained clinical psychologists who enjoy being part of small teams,  albeit with excellent levels of support from larger base centres.

To be considered you will need:

  • to be a fully qualified clinical psychologist.  
  • a sound knowledge of mental health needs of adults and the confidence to be able to work independently.
  • skills in psychological assessments, including testing.
  • to be able to work therapeutically with adults with moderate to severe difficulties.  
  • to have clinical case management experience.
  • to be able to provide psychological consultation.
  • the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals as part of a MDT.
  • to be an effective verbal communicator with strong relationship management skills.
  • to have a driver's license.

If interested then apply in order to be evaluated. Feedback will be provided.  You don't have to be an active job seeker to apply.
 
Suitably matched applicants will receive information about the role, the employer and 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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