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Youth Mental Health Practitioner (Pou Rangatahi Practitioner) 30-40hrs per week

Mental Health Practitioner (Pou Rangatahi Practitioner) 40hrs per week

Imagine yourself breaking ground in an innovative youth-centric primary mental health and wellbeing service in Rotorua called “Rangatahi Potential”! If you are passionate about making a lasting difference in the lives of young people, then this may be the job for you!!

We are looking for an exceptional and innovative practitioner with a background in mental health who has the drive to work with, and support, young people (12 – 24 years) who are experiencing mild to moderate levels of distress to realise their full potential. This practitioner will be connecting with rangatahi in the community and supporting them to make positive transitions through life, enabling them to be happy, healthy and safe, and maintain a sense of wellbeing and purpose into their future.

Our successful candidate will be a registered health practitioner, i.e. nurse, social worker, psychologist, AoD Counsellor or similar, with a background in mental health, plus a minimum of 2 years post registration experience.

The ‘Rangatahi Potential’ Service is underpinned by the Pūtake Nui approach and is directly linked to Tauwhirotanga (as expressed within the Lakes District Health Board Model of Care Te Ara Tauwhirotanga). The service is delivered within a positive youth development framework and based within a well-established Youth One Stop Shop (Rotorua Community Youth Centre). Most importantly, however, the practitioner will be highly mobile and flexible to enable the service to be integrated into community settings throughout the Rotorua rohe, where rangatahi congregate and can feel comfortable. You will therefore be working on an individual and group basis with rangatahi, colleagues, community and whānau.

It goes without saying that you will already have a strong knowledge of mental health and addictions; experience in primary mental health screening; delivery of evidence informed therapy, treatment services, and therapeutic interventions; and be experienced in group work, and providing mental health talk therapies (at a minimum). You will also have a proven ability to connect positively with young people and support them using a positive, strengths-based approach.

You need to be a self-starter who is goal orientated and committed to the health and wellbeing of young people. It is essential that you have strong communication and administrative skills, proven success in developing and maintaining strong client and inter-agency relationships, can work well on an individual and team basis, and most importantly, a passion for youth.

We are offering a competitive salary and a great work environment!

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!!

For further information or to request a job description please contact Robyn Sharp at or 027 331 4355

Applications for this position will close at 12pm on Tuesday 19th October 2021; however, it will close earlier if suitable applicants are found prior to this date.