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Psychologist - Puna Tatari Special Treatment Unit

Department of Corrections
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Waikato - Hamilton
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Fixed Term Contract
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Job Description

  • Work with high risk and violent offenders
  • Fixed term or Secondment contract – 8 months
  • Based at Spring Hill Corrections Facility

Do you want to be part of a team that makes a real difference in your community?

Are you a Registered Psychologist with post graduate qualifications in Clinical or Forensic Psychology?

Would you like to work for an innovative organisation committed to the provision of psychological approaches to the management of offending behaviour?

Yes? This could be the opportunity you are looking for.

Puna Tatari Special Treatment Unit is a dedicated “community of change” based at Spring Hill Corrections Facility, renown for its success in supporting the rehabilitation of high-risk and violent offenders. Our psychologically based therapeutic programmes have been recognised as having a significant and positive impact in our quest to reduce reoffending.

As a Psychologist located in a Special Treatment Unit within Corrections Services, you will be facilitating an intensive group programme within a therapeutic community designed to reduce the offending rates of high risk offenders. You will also provide clinical and risk assessments, advice, supervision, and training to other Corrections staff and may be involved in research work in the context of the scientist/practitioner model.

This professional role calls for someone who:

  • Has a desire to empower people to make positive changes in their lives
  • Has experience in clinical assessment, treatment and psychometric testing
  • Has a high level of cultural responsiveness
  • Ideally has experience in group facilitation (not essential)
  • Has a minimum of a Masters degree in Psychology (Clinical or Forensic Psychology and registration with the NZ Psychologist Board in the clinical/counselling and general scope of practice)

In return we can offer you:

  • A connection within a vibrant supportive culture
  • A competitive salary
  • World class criminal justice psychology training and mentoring
  • An opportunity to work and be part of a therapeutic community

Our goal of reducing reoffending by 25% is a huge task, but with the position of Psychologist playing a key role in our success, these are exciting times.

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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