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Clinical Psychologist - Assertive Community Treatment team

Where you’ll be working: Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT) - 193 London Street, Hamilton

The details: Permanent Full time - 40 Hours per week

  • Scope to shape and build the role to meet the needs of those we support and the wider team
  • Extensive internal training opportunities, to support skill development
  • Access to clinical supervision

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

This is a small and cohesive team with out of the square thinking. The team works with tangata whaiora who have serious and enduring mental health issues, co-morbidity, and complexity. These tangata whaiora have a history of re-admission, often live with psychosis, are socially isolated and stigmatised with poor support and have not responded or engaged well in the past with community MH services. The team works intensively with a small caseload with the aim of improving all those issues.

A psychologist with this team would have skills in engagement and rapport-building, could see past diagnostic labels, be patient, appreciate the significance of small gains, be an advocate and a consultant to other involved services.

Cognitive remediation therapy has delivered some great results for these tangata whaiora and a psychologist skilled in or motivated to learn this approach would be valued. There is a large community of psychologists at the service base offering good collegial support

Key responsibilities of the role:

  • Provide assertive, creative holistic care with a strong recovery and strength based approach to tangata whaiora in varying stages of recovery
  • Practice effectively with autonomy as well as being an integral part of a multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Utilise technology for communication and documenting clinical information inclusive of a range of assessments.
  • Have an understanding of risk and how to manage and mitigate this.

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Ko o tatou painga | Our Benefits

  • Be part of a close knit, dynamic, fun and supportive team
  • Willing to support and train the right applicant
  • Have to opportunity to use out of the box thinking

Mōu | About you

Skills and experience you’ll need to be considered for the role:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Proven experience and clinical skills in working with individuals who experience major mental illness and associated issues
  • The ability to provide individualised client therapy
  • The ability to work alongside community NGOs who provide direct care to clients
  • The ability to work and communicate effectively within a multidisciplinary team and the ability to work autonomously
  • A strong recovery focus and trauma informed care approach
  • The ability to provide an assertive, creative and flexible approach to client care, within a variety of settings to clients in varying stages of recovery
  • Well-developed time management skills with the ability to co-ordinate personal and team tasks in an efficient and organised manner
  • Computer literacy and the ability to complete documentation on time and to a high standard
  • A current full drivers licence

Mō tātou Ratonga | About our Service

The mental health and addictions service deliver a variety of services across the Waikato region. We are a service undertaking a huge programme of change to deliver better outcomes to tāngata whai ora and whānau in our region. Nga iwi Ngakaunui - people at the heart is demonstrated best in mental health and addictions, people really are at the heart of all that we do. We know how important strong relationships are; with people who access our services, with their whānau and with the communities we serve.

Ko ngaa hua o te noho ki roto o Waikato, te mahi hoki ki Te Whatu Ora, Waikato | The Benefits of living in Waikato and working for Te Whatu Ora, Waikato

Located in the heart of the mighty Waikato, Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora, Waikato operates over a number of sites, Hamilton City our main campus and smaller community-based hospitals across our region. Hamilton City has easy access to beaches and mountains, so if your interests range from a host of water sports, mountain biking to vineyard lunches, the area has something for you right on your doorstep. To discover more about our stunning area, please click here.

  • As part of our Health NZ, Waikato family, you’ll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.
  • We offer flexible and agile working opportunities alongside our Health NZ, Waikato benefits and staff discount schemes.
  • We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.

He whare Manawanui, He whare Koronga | A committed workspace, a workspace with purpose

  • We are committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.
  • As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.
  • Greater diversity within our Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora family improves positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.

Tō mātou whakahaere ki te tika, te rerekētanga, me te whai wāhi mai | Our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion

We want to see the real you in your application and welcome the real you on board if you come and work with us. Skills are gained across many areas of life, not just in formal employment. If you can demonstrate the skills listed in the ad, but the experience was gained through whānau life, community or mahi aroha (volunteering) we encourage you to apply and share your story with us in your cover letter. We particularly welcome applications from our diverse Māori, Pacific, disabled, and rainbow communities.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please apply online as applications are unable to be accepted via email. If you have any questions about the role please contact the Recruitment Team –

Closing date: Open until filled

Nau mai haere mai - Come join the team!