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Clinical Psychologist job in New Zealand

Position: Clinical Psychologist
Industry: Health
Service: Adult Mental Health
Contract: Permanent Full Time
Location: New Zealand
Job #: 6

The New Zealand public healthcare system offers high quality integrated services. Mental health services provide an adapted recovery model approach to patient care.

Our adult mental health services roles are either community based or inpatient.  Service delivery is by multidisciplinary teams (MDT) comprising of clinical psychology, psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, substance misuse clinicians and administrative personnel.

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 consultation to other professionals and agencies, including primary care services.

Supervision and professional development opportunities will be provided.

Research, teaching, leadership and service development may be part of these roles.

You will need:

  • To to be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the mental health needs of adults.
  • To be competent in psychological assessments, including testing.
  • To be able to work therapeutically with adults with moderate to severe difficulties.  
  • Clinical case management experience.
  • To be able to provide psychological consultation.
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with other professionals as part of an MDT.
  • To be an effective verbal communicator with strong relationship management skills.

Click the button below to check our preliminary short-listing criteria and then register your interest

Suitably matched psychologists will receive additional information about the role, employer, locations, an estimate of salary and details of any relocation assistance.

Psychologists wishing to proceed to an application will receive guidance in the job 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.  These opportunities would support New Zealand immigration visas for qualifying candidates and their families.

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Case Study

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