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Clinical Psychologist or Registered Health Professional - Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Where you’ll be working: Community Mental Health, 193 London Street, Hamilton

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

We are in the exciting position to be advertising for a Registered Health Professional to join the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service.

About the service:

The Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Service (DBT) is a small multi-disciplinary team that provides DBT for clients who meet criteria for Borderline Personality Disorder and usually present with complex trauma experiences. The majority of our clients are young women. DBT is a principle driven therapy and these principles are integral to how the team operates with each other as well as how it provides therapy to clients and the client group. Recommended reading of Kelly Koerner. Doing Dialectic Behaviour Therapy, chapter 7. Internal applicants can approach the DBT Team to borrow this book.

About the role:

The work with this client population can be challenging and frustrating (as well as very rewarding). Clinicians need to be able to sit with anxieties and be aware of potential boundary violations/issues, and transference/counter-transference issues. Clinicians should have the maturity and insight to recognise the limitation of their own knowledge and willingness to develop that where possible.

Responsibilities of the role:

· DBT adherent clinical contact with service users and their families providing assessment, therapy and consultation.

· Liaison, advice and consultation with other multi-disciplinary teams, inpatient teams (medical and psychiatric) and primary health providers.

· Providing consultation, training and education programmes to staff and clients, their families and their community.

· Be prepared to undertake further specialist DBT Training as required.

· Co-facilitating Skills Training Groups for clients.

Required skills & experience:

· Brings experience in working with clients with Borderline Personality Disorder.

· Demonstrates advanced clinical care, utilizing evidence based best practice.

· Has experience in working with clients with complex trauma history.

· Is a team player and can work collaboratively with a range of disciplines.

· Is compassionate, passionate and committed to this field of work.

· Has at least 5 years’ experience as a Registered Health Professional.

· Holds a current annual practicing certificate and a valid full drivers licence

· Has an understanding of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy would be of benefit.

Why us:

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Why Waikato:

Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand and located just south of Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glowworm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve.

Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan inland city. Hamilton’s vibrant city centre and rich cultural mix makes it an ideal place to experience the authentic friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato

Your application:

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the role please contact Glenn Bradburn, Team Leader on 021 791 332 or Katherine Kerr – Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 021 243 5348.

Application closing date: 18 July 2021


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