Clinician - Youth Mental Health - Oamaru, Queenstown

Job Number: 
Adventure Development
Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Clinician - Youth Mental Health

About the business

Adventure Development is a dynamic not for profit organisation that provides assessment and therapeutic services to young people experiencing mental health issues, problems associated with alcohol and other drugs and offending.  Our aim is to support and empower young people and whānau to live meaningful, valued and enriched lives through collaborative relationships and sustainable, innovative and responsive services. 

We have teams based in South Canterbury, Otago, Central Lakes and Southland and provide services and support for young people and their whānau across the lower part of the South Island.  We have an exciting opportunity for clinicians to join our Southland, Otago or South Canterbury Teams and deliver services throughout the region.


About the role

The importance of mental health and wellbeing for youth is being increasingly recognised and talked about throughout New Zealand.  Reporting through to the Service Leader, this clinical role will join the local Clinical Team to deliver a range of services from mild to severe, including the Thrive! Te Pae Ora service, which is designed to meet the needs of rangatahi/young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues.

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with at risk young people aged 12 - 24 years and whānau
  • Meeting the client's needs in a manner most appropriate to the client and consistent with a strengths and recovery approach
  • Providing a service that reflects the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Respecting the diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of New Zealand and utilise culturally appropriate counselling practices
  • Maintaining professional registration
  • Utilising best practice methods in all clinical practice, and have working knowledge of the following modalities: MI, CBT, ACT, Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Working with co-existing mental health and addiction issues as appropriate,
  • Work as an effective and collaborative member of a regional team for the wider organisation as a whole
  • Develop and maintain effective, collaborative and professional relationships with colleagues in other services, related areas and professions in order to optimise the support experienced by young people and their families/whānau


Benefits and perks

  • Remuneration reflecting ADL's NGO/ Not-for-Profit status and commensurate with experience and skills will be offered.
  • 5 weeks annual leave.
  • Positions available in Oamaru and Central Lakes, Queenstown.
  • External supervision provided for experienced clinicians.
  • Full time and part time positions are available. 


Skills and experience

This requires a passionate clinician with current NZ professional registration (Occupational Therapy, Psychologist, Social Work, Counsellor (NZAC or DAPAANZ), or Nurse Therapist). 

Along with this you will have:

  • At least three years+ clinical experience
  • Experience as a whānau inclusive practitioner
  • Kaupapa Māori knowledge
  • Motivational interviewing, ACT and/or CBT training
  • Experience in using paperless systems
  • Your full drivers license 

A detailed position description and application pack is available on request by emailing [email protected].

Only applications submitted through the seek portal will be considered.

Applications close 12pm Wednesday 30th September.

The application form will include these questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in New Zealand?
  • Do you have a current New Zealand driver's licence?