Behaviour Specialist

  • We are looking for a Psychologist to join our Behaviour Support Specialist team
  • Ability to work in the community with a variety of people
  • Professional development and career development opportunities

Who are we| Ko wai matou?

HealthCare New Zealand is one of Aotearoa's largest health sector employers. We care, support and empower people in need to live independently, safely and well in their community. Our commitment is to provide a way of working with those we support, stakeholders, business partners and staff based on our values - respect, support and excellence.

As part of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Explore Specialist Services is the national provider for behaviour support in New Zealand and part of HealthCare New Zealand. We provide specialist behaviour support services to people with disabilities of all ages by working with their families/whanau and support networks. Explore work with a culturally diverse population and is committed to supporting clients in a culturally responsive manner.

About the role | He korero whakamarama mo tenei turanga

The key purpose of the Behaviour Support Specialist role is to deliver quality services based on a positive behaviour support framework and consistent with our contract obligations with the Ministry of Health, ACC and other providers as required.

What you will bring | Nga tohungatanga mo tenei turanga

  • Experience in the field of disability and/or behaviour support using ethical practice and a non-aversive approach.
  • A current Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) where this is required.
  • An understanding of and commitment to: The Code of Health and Disabilities Services Consumer Rights, The Treaty of Waitangi and bi-cultural practice.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport; proactive and responsive to client needs and colleagues/team needs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including competence in professional report writing.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including competence in professional report writing.
  • An understanding of Positive Behaviour Support.
  • Proven ability to work in teams and in a 'transdisciplinary' manner.
  • An understanding of functional assessment and the relationship with behaviours.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of evidence-based behavioural approaches.
  • An understanding of communication and the relationship with behaviour.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and client management systems.
  • Ability to travel and flexibility to stay overnight to meet the demands of the role
  • A current full New Zealand driver's licence.

Why Us | He aha ai matou?

  • We provide you with training to support you to learn the role
  • With respect and autonomy your practice will develop to best suit the people you support
  • We recognise the importance of work/life balance and we provide a work place with flexibility.
  • We promote a safe and supportive environment where colleagues can share and learn from one another.
  • We pride ourselves on providing competitive salaries, supervision and professional development and progression to ensure you can deliver the best support for our clients and achieve successful outcomes.

Please apply online and include a CV and covering letter.

Applications close | Te katinga o tenei whai turanga: 23 April at 5pm - interviews might take place prior to applications closing.

Applicants for this position will have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.



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