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Mental Health Psychologist - New Zealand based role - Auckland South Corrections Facility

Job Req ID:  72584
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Auckland, 0, United Kingdom

Contract Type:  Full Time
Job Description: 

About Serco

Serco is a FTSE 250 international service company which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.  We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and - most of all - deliver to the public.  Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track-record of providing assured service excellence. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aerospace, defence, education, health, home affairs, local government, science, technology, transport and the commercial sectors.



Mental Health Psychologist - New Zealand based role

Auckland South Corrections Facility

Full time, Permanent 

NZD $82,000 - $87,000 per annum


We opened Kohuora ASCF in Wiri, South Auckland in 2015, extending its portfolio in Asia Pacific. It is a state of the art facility, operated on behalf of the NZ Department of Corrections.  We provide a safe and secure environment for over 900 male prisoners, with a strategic focus on better outcomes for Maori. 

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The Role


Reporting to the Head of Healthcare, you will provide comprehensive psychological assessment of and treatment to prisoners with mental health conditions at Auckland South Corrections Facility.


By forming and maintaining constructive relationships with clients, staff, Maori and external agencies, you will be able to provide advice and support for the provision of mental health wellness programmes at Auckland South Corrections Facility. You will manage an appropriate case-load of prisoners and groups with responsibility for the initial screening, including neuropsychological screening, full psychological assessments including risk assessments, case formulation and treatment of clients.


What we are looking for in our candidates


Your professionalism will allow you to act as a role model and communicate effectively with clients and members of the prison team at the Auckland South Corrections Facility. You will have a positive, pro-active team approach and always demonstrate the upmost integrity  in accordance with our code of conduct and NZ Psychologist’s Board code of ethics. You will have a passion for mental health and rehabilitating prisoners back into the community.


You will have a sensitivity to and awareness of the unique cultural needs of prisoners, their whānau and communities, who all come from culturally and ethnically diverse backgrounds. In particular, you are cognizant of the principles of partnership in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and are committed to providing for better outcomes for Māori. We are looking for an enthusiastic person who is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. 


To be successful in this role you will have:


  • Registration with the NZ Board of Psychologists Board as a Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling)
  • Masters Degree in Psychology (Minimum)
  • Proven post graduate experience in Mental Health
  • Knowledge and competency in the assessment and treatment of a wide spectrum of mental health/ psychological problems in adults
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking and decision making skills
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills in a team environment
  • The utmost integrity, a professional attitude, and strong commitment to the rehabilitation of offenders
  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of partnership in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and providing for better outcomes for Māori.


This is a position of trust and responsibility and to support this we will conduct a thorough probity assessment as an essential selection component for this role.


Additional Information

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is committed to equal opportunities and requests any potential applicant to contact the Serco Recruitment Team on 0345 010 4000 as soon as possible if an applicant has any additional queries, requirements or will need additional time in submitting an application should the closing date of the advertisement be brought forward.

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