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Psychologist - Clarence Correctional Centre

Job Req ID:  62922
Posting Start Date: 

Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Description: 
  • Commencing June 2020; promoting the rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates
  • Join a brand-new site supported by excellent technology and facilities
  • Contribute to positive outcomes by providing a decent and respectful environment to staff, inmates and visitors



This is an exciting career opportunity for Psychologist’s to join the new Serco Correctional Centre in Grafton. They will provide direct psychological assessment, intervention and therapeutic services to inmates and to provide expert consultation to staff regarding the management of inmates.

The Clarence Correctional Centre is a 1700 bed facility making it the largest and most state-of-the-art correctional centre in Australia. Serco Australia has a 20-year contract to operate and maintain the centre, creating the opportunity for long-term, rewarding and secure employment with exciting career prospects in one of Australia’s most spectacular coastal and country locations.



About You

You are an experienced counsellor, with proven experience ideally working across complex mental health or behavioural issues. You are a clinical professional who is committed to the wellbeing of inmates and all associations within the correctional centre. You have a proven ability to work effectively and proactively in a team environment and enjoy working collaboratively with others to achieve the goals and objectives of the Centre. You understand the importance of creating and maintaining a culturally sensitive environment including respecting the diversity of inmates, staff and other stakeholders.


About the Opportunity

In your position as a Psychologist, you will be responsible for providing psychological services to Clarence Correctional Centre that support successful inmate rehabilitation in line with Serco’s key operating principles.


Key accountabilities of the role:


  • Provide direct psychological assessment intervention and therapeutic services or programs to inmates
  • Assist in the formulation of management and case plans for the management and supervision of inmates
  • Maintain succinct documentation and psychological notes on all inmates receiving
    psychological services, in accordance with Offenders Integrated Management System (OIMS) standards and in case files
  • Prepare reports, advice and consultation to statutory authorities
  • Provide an ethical and effective psychology service in a dynamic environment with changing clients and in the context if limited or scarce professional resources
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural issues and awareness of significant cultural events in relation to mental health practice
  • Observe and undertake therapy with a range of inmates using evidence based therapeutic modalities appropriate to the prison context
  • Deliver programs to address the offending behaviour of inmates including but not limited to the Real Understanding of Self Help (RUSH) Program
  • Ensure mandatory reporting requirements are adhered to including timeframes in accordance with policy
  • Ensure that inmate administrative requirements of document and data management are maintained in accordance with compliance standards including the maintenance of electronic records and timely submissions


To be successful in this role, you will have:


  • Minimum four-year accredited qualification in psychology with current provisional or full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia
  • Ability to obtain Certificate IV in Correctional Practice-Case Management within the first 12 months of employment
  • Ideally experience working in a Correctional environment delivering the suit of EQUIPS, Real Understanding of Self Help, and Out of the Dark programs (not essential)
  • Experience in assessment and treatment in psychology including mental health issues, cognitive impairment and with respect to behaviour management
  • Experience in advisory and consultation
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary correctional concepts, principles and practices relevant to psychology assessment and treatments
  • Knowledge and ability with regards to criminogenic risk assessments, including risks related to sex and violent offending and associated interventions
  • Knowledge and understanding of the psychologist’s ethical and legal obligations and professional accountability
  • Cultural awareness including understanding the impact and management of different ethnic backgrounds, customs and contemporary issues
  • Ability to perform clinical diagnoses and provide expert advice to relevant stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively communicate in both oral and written forms
  • Ability to negotiate and resolve conflict
  • Thorough report writing ability
  • Ability to deliver effective and engaging programs
  • The highest levels of personal integrity and ethical behaviour


About Grafton

Located on the NSW Mid-North Coast, Grafton is approx. 6 hours’ drive from Sydney and 4 hours from Brisbane. Set on the Clarence River, it is the main hub for the Clarence Valley with a rich natural beauty and is ideally located if you prefer the hinterland or the ocean as your back drop. With recent Pacific Highway upgrades and investment in infrastructure, with affordable housing and access to good schools and recreation options, it is the ideal location for your next career move with your family.


About Us

At Serco, you’ll be part of a team of more than 50,000 people working across more than 20 countries worldwide. But no matter your role or where you’re based, we each share the same goal – to bring service to life to make a positive difference every day. Serco is a business where people and values matter. We have a strong public service ethos, and we employ people from a range of backgrounds.


Interested to be part of our brand-new team?

If you are inspired to make a positive difference and would like to be part of this exciting new opportunity, click the Apply Now Button.

Serco seeks and celebrates diversity. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. We are committed to diversity and we encourage people from different backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse and people with disabilities to apply.

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Serco values of Trust, Care, Innovation and Pride underpin everything we do.  We are curious, creative and collaborative. Our people help in ways that matter.


We are committed to diversity and we encourage people from different backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse and people with disabilities to apply.

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