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Behaviour Specialist ( Hamilton)

  • Opportunity for Behaviour Specialist to work in the community with a variety of people
  • Professional development and career development opportunities
  • Hamilton-based

Who are we| Ko wai matou?

Explore Specialist Services is the national provider of Autism and behaviour support across New Zealand for the Ministry of Health (MoH).

We work in collaboration with Oranga Tamariki, ACC, The British Institute of Learning and Disability (BILD) and Triple P. Our Mental Health and Wellbeing division is part of HealthCare New Zealand one of Aotearoa's largest health sector employers, with locations throughout New Zealand.

We are specialists in the delivery of Positive Behaviour Support, and use the Positive Behaviour Support model framework, which aims to improve a person's quality of life and the quality of life of those around them. You can find more about this framework here;


About the role | He korero whakamarama mo tenei turanga

This role will provide Autism services to families of children and young people, aged between 0 and 19 years using face to face group sessions, online training and in home visits. This role is responsible for supporting families with the following:

  • Help them to better understand autism
  • Contribute towards them building on existing strengths and knowledge
  • Develop new skills to support their child in their everyday life
  • Support families to develop strategies to address behaviour concerns

We welcome applications from Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Social Workers, Behaviour Therapists/Specialists (BCBA's), Teachers and people with a tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline or at least 3 years relevant experience in the autism field.

Why Us | He aha ai matou?

  • We recognise the importance of a culturally competent workforce, and provide regular cultural supervision. We provide opportunities to attend yearly Noho Marae, and ongoing training and development
  • We provide you with training to support you to learn the role and provide an ongoing internal and external professional development programme to enhance your learning and professional scope of practice
  • Offer professional development programmes may include but are not limited to, Triple P accreditation, motivational interviewing, Trauma Informed Care, Positive Behaviour Support, Functional Assessment, risk assessment and safety planning, and working alongside providers of residential services
  • We provide opportunities to extend your practise across a range of different workstreams including support to people with disabilities, vulnerable children, and ACC services
  • We promote a safe and supportive environment where colleagues can share and learn from one another using peer supervision as well as informal supports
  • We support supervision, professional development and progression to ensure you can deliver the best support for our clients and achieve successful outcomes
  • We recognise the importance of work/life balance and we provide a workplace with flexibility; particularly for those people returning to work with commitments to family/ whanau
  • We offer competitive salaries and provide you with a laptop computer and mobile phone to support flexible working across home and work locations

What you will bring | Nga tohungatanga mo tenei turanga

  • Experience in the field of disability and/or working with children or adults on the Autism Spectrum
  • You will recognise the importance of Te Ao Maori and the strength of working collaboratively with whanau.
  • A current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) where this is required or evidence of the ability to be a registered with a professional body
  • An ability to use teaching and learning strategies to facilitate workshops with families and professionals
  • An understanding of and commitment to: The Code of Health and Disabilities Services Consumer Rights, The Treaty of Waitangi and bi-cultural practice
  • Proven ability to work in teams and in a 'transdisciplinary' manner.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and client management systems.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to build rapport; proactive and responsive to client needs and colleagues/team needs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • A current full New Zealand driver's licence.

Please apply online and include a CV and covering letter.

Applications close | Te katinga o tenei whai turanga: 14 May 2021 at 5pm - interviews might take place prior to applications closing.

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