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Clinical Psychologist - Christchurch Men's Prison

Department of Corrections
Job Category:
Defence, corrections & security
Canterbury - Christchurch
Job Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
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Mental Health -Psychologist (2).docx (Word, 77KB)
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Job Description

Newly Created Multi-Disciplinary Team focused on Mental Health Wellbeing

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Vocational Scope of Clinical   

Opportunity to implement, influence and refine a new Model of Care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide.


New Zealand and international literature has established that prisoners have greater mental health needs than the general population, and have a greater risk of self-harm and suicide.

The Department of Corrections devotes significant time and resource into caring for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm and suicide. Alongside the significant recent investments in mental health services for prisoners, the Department has identified an opportunity to take a more holistic and long-term approach to improve the well-being of these prisoners.

Consequently, Corrections are developing a new, prison-wide model of care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide. This model will be responsive, flexible and appropriate to the needs of the individual prisoner.

As a result we are creating multi-disciplinary teams whose focus will be to implement the model of care as well as having the opportunity to influence the ongoing review


Integral to the success of this initiative is the position of Psychologist (with a vocational scope of clinical) amongst the team. The purpose of this role is to monitor, promulgate and promote best practice in the delivery of mental health services within the Intervention and Support Unit and across the wider prison environment.  

You will be accountable for delivering, directing, monitoring and evaluating psychological care that is provided by yourself and others and will embrace the responsibility for leading colleagues and fostering team work to optimise care.

Key accountabilities will encompass:

  • Providing quality clinical psychological services including  triage, assessment and treatment services to patients
  • Referral of patients to appropriate services where necessary
  • Providing advice, education, and training to other members of the multi-disciplinary team, Corrections staff and Community Agencies
  • Developing and delivering treatment
  • Providing professional supervision and oversight for some Psychologists


You will embrace working within a team of dedicated professionals from diverse health disciplines and will have the opportunity to see tangible results as you shape the future direction for the model.

To be appointed to this role you will possess Registration as a Psychologist with a vocational scope of clinical and hold a current practicing certificate coupled with a minimum of Master's Degree in Psychology.

Corrections embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace.  We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees.

$58 896 - $110,448

For additional information please refer to the job description

Please note: This role will work across seven days a week, roster to be determined with Clinical Manager in conjunction with the team to ensure cover.

Follow the link below to view the Director Health speaking about this new initiative.


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