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Programme Facilitators- Waikato

Department of Corrections
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Community Services
Waikato - Hamilton
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description

Closing Date: Friday 25th January 2019
Location: Waikato 
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Are you interested in working with people to facilitate positive change in their lives?
Join us in making our communities safer.


E ketekete te kaakaa, e koekoe te tui, e kuukuu te kereru. Tenei te mahi o te kaiaarahi. (The kaka chatters, the tui challenges and the kereru pacifies. This is the work of the facilitator.)


Our Programme Facilitators work with men, women and youth in prison and in the community, helping them to understand and address the causes of their offending to assist them to create crime-free futures. They do this through delivering a range of clinically designed therapeutic programmes, either individually or with a co-facilitator.


Programme Facilitators come from different backgrounds, cultures, education and experience – but they all share the ability to motivate and work alongside others to support them to make positive changes in their lives.


Who does well as a Programme Facilitator? To be successful in this role, you will be someone who enjoys working with people and want to help them gain insight into their harmful behaviours. You will be comfortable walking alongside people on their journey. It is a role for someone who wants to facilitate change through questioning and guiding. This is not a role for someone who just wants to direct, instruct, or teach people. Needless to say, you'll also be an excellent listener.


It would be helpful if you have an understanding of individual and group behaviour, and / or relevant tertiary education in psychology, social work,counselling or a related area.


We are seeking people who:

  • Are effective listeners and communicators and who have the ability to build strong positive relationships with participants and other stakeholders
  • Ideally have experience in delivering and facilitating therapeutic interventions, either individual or, ideally, group therapy
  • Have life experience that means you can work effectively with people from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups
  • Have knowledge, or are willing to learn about Maori culture, protocols and peoples and apply kuapapa Maori practice in your work
  • Are comfortable having their practice viewed and receptive in receiving and utilising regular feedback on their practice
  • Have experience with report writing

Why the Department of Corrections? 
We can offer you the opportunity to be part of a supportive, specialist team who work in our unique environment. As a member of our team, your ongoing development is important and we will provide you with support including clinical and cultural supervision to grow your therapeutic facilitation skills.


We will give you full training in facilitation skills, cognitive-based therapeutic programme principles and delivery and the support you need to be part of a team working to make communities safer.


You will need to have a full New Zealand Drivers Licence, as travelling is required at times within the district.


If you are an internal applicant already employed as a Programme Facilitator and you wish to transfer location, there is no need to complete the full application process. Instead, please register your interest for an internal transfer.


All applications must be submitted online via our recruitment system. Please note: Applications that are emailed directly will NOT be considered.

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