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Work Type: 
Full Time
Closing Date: 
Friday, 30 August 2019

Psychologist - Intensive Wraparound Service, Te Kahu Toi

  • 1.0 FTE Permanent (Registered Psychologist) or. Fixed-term (Intern Psychologist)
  • Full time role
  • Serving Palmerston North, Whanganui, Taranaki
  • Within an IWS team that covers Wellington to Taranaki

Kia ora, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Fakatalofa atu, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Malo ni, Talofa lava, Tena koutou katoa and welcome.

Help shape the future of Education

At the Ministry of Education, we work together to shape an education system that delivers equitable and excellent outcomes.

Our organisation is made up of more than 3,000 talented and committed people around New Zealand, from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures.

While we work in different groups and on different things, we all strive every day to make the biggest difference we can for every child, young person and adult student in our education system.

About our team

Te Kahu Tōī, The Intensive Wraparound Service is a service that provides comprehensive, evidence based interventions to support children/young people with challenging behaviour, socio-emotional difficulties and complex learning needs across a range of contexts. The team works collaboratively with children/young people, parents/caregivers and family/whānau, schools, agencies and local communities to develop and implement comprehensive ecological wraparound plans. 

The priority for these plans is for the child/youth to achieve success at home, school and in their local community. For information about the Intensive Wraparound Service please refer to

About this role

As an IWS Psychologist you will work as part of a team to understand the needs of the young person and family, and implement evidence based interventions in your areas of expertise. More specifically, you will; 

  • Identify patterns or. contributing factors that may be influencing learning, wellbeing and behaviour
  • Contribute to  strength based collaborative team processes to meet the young person's underlying needs
  • Provide ongoing, individualised and dynamic psychological assessment and intervention
  • Support all those around the child to use evidence informed practice
  • Monitor implementation effectiveness by supporting data collection and informed decision making.

About you

To be successful you will need;

  • To be a New Zealand Registered Psychologist under the Health Practitioners Competency Assurance Act and hold a current practicing certificate;
  • OR, be registered as an Intern Psychologist having gained entry to a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology that will enable you to gain full registration as a psychologist under the HPCAA;
  • Ability to contribute your specialist skills within multi-agency, trans-disciplinary settings where the child/youth are at the centre of everything you do.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • An ability to work effectively with children, young people and their families, teachers and other professionals across a diverse range of settings.
  • The ability to understand and apply the principles of Te Tirirti o Waitangi and tangatawhenuatanga.

What can we offer you?

We offer a competitive salary and terms and conditions.  You will also receive initial and ongoing training in wraparound practice, comprehensive practice support, supervision, and opportunities for professional development to continue to develop skills in relevant areas of expertise and interest.

In addition, our specialists tell us they value the following;

  • “The ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children, young people and their whānau and contribute to system wide change is a huge plus”
  • “The Ministry offers a strong community of practice and support so I never feel isolated or. alone”
  • “I really value the ability to work closely with specialists from other disciplines. It enhances my own practice and thinking”.

Are you ready to make a difference?

We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds, including Māori, Pacific and those with disabilities, who will enrich our understanding of the needs of individuals within education, care and health systems. As a government agency, the Ministry is committed to keeping to the Treaty of Waitangi's guiding principles in our work for and with Māori students, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

There is more information go to:  to view the attached position description about the role of an IWS psychologist. Please take a look and if this opportunity sounds like you, please apply now using the ‘apply online' button.

For any information, please contact Lisa Parker, Service Manager at 027 293 4304,

Applications close Midnight - 30th August, 2019.