Clinical or Child and Family Psychologist - Youth Forensic Team

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Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Sunday, 6 December 2020

Clinical or Child and Family Psychologist - Youth Forensic Team

  • Permanent full-time (1.0 FTE) opportunity based at Whakatata House
  • Work within an experienced multidisciplinary team and develop your expertise as a Clinical or Child and Family Psychologist
  • Provide mental health interventions for vulnerable young people in collaboration with external services

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you're part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

Working exclusively with adolescents who are under the Youth Justice system, the multidisciplinary Youth Forensic Team provides mental health interventions for vulnerable young people to break the cycle at a crucial time in their lives. The team has a range of skills and areas of clinical expertise and are supportive of staff new to the area. Opportunities for professional development are provided and encouraged as we are keen to build up the expertise and resourcefulness of this team!

We're currently looking for an NZ registered Clinical or Child and Family Psychologist to join our team full-time (1.0FTE) on a permanent basis! You will be passionate about wanting to help make meaningful improvements to the lives of disadvantaged and/or vulnerable adolescents. This position will see you working Monday - Friday, within service hours 0830 - 1700.

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Undertaking comprehensive mental health assessments utilising clinical interviewing, diagnostic, behavioural and appropriate psychometric assessment
  • Formulating and delivering appropriate intervention plans, youth court liaison, as well as some case management work
  • Presenting assessments and materials to other groups
  • Providing written reports for the Youth court
  • Providing consultation and interventions into Te Puna Wai o Tuhinapo (Youth Justice residence) and the Youth Wing at Christchurch Men's prison
  • Liaison with Youth Justice Agencies, Non-Government Organisations (NGO's) and Regional services

Your skills will include the following:

Excellent assessment skills and a sound knowledge of available treatment options, including alcohol and drug treatment

Proven organisational skills combined with excellent communication skills that enable you to work with the various non-clinical psychology stakeholders in this role

Clinical experience working in a child or adolescent mental health service

Registration with the NZ Psychology Board and current Annual Practicing Certificate is essential

Clinical or Child and Family scope of practice is also essential

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi

Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What's important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site here. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.