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Psychologist Te Kahu Tōī Intensive Wraparound Service

NZ Ministry of Education
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Psychologist - Intensive Wraparound Service, Te Kahu Toi

Fixed-term until 28 February 2022

Full time role (part time applicants may be considered)

Based in Maungawhau office, Mt Eden, Auckland


About Te Kahu Toī: Intensive Wraparound service

Te Kahu Tōī, The Intensive Wraparound Service supports young people to achieve success at home, school and in their local community.

Te Kahu Tōī: Intensive Wraparound Service (TKT:IWS) is a family driven service.

TKT:IWS 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. 

For information about the Intensive Wraparound Service please refer to


About this role

As a TKT: IWS Psychologist you will work as part of a team to promote family voice and choice, to promote understanding of the needs of the young person and family, and implement evidence based interventions in your areas of expertise. More specifically, you will work with young people and families to provide a service which: 

  • Is designed by a team of people important to the family
  • Is “owned” by the family and youth
  • Focuses on priority psychological needs as identified with the family and team
  • Provides evidence informed interventions
  • Includes supports and interventions across multiple life domains and settings (home, school, community)
  • Includes supports for adults, siblings, and family members as well as the “identified youth”
  • Is actively reviewed and evaluated so that progress can be measured and support revised and modified a needed


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”
  • “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”.


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.


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 in 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 Fiona Crummey, Service Manager at +64274798847

Applications close on 28 February 2020

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