Case Study: Liz

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."

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