A Registered Clinical Psychologist is sought for a mental health service dedicated to the care of mothers, infants, children and adolescents in the town of Whakatane on the stunning north coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The service is vibrant and dynamic, and the region has a fast growing population, stunning natural beauty, and modest living costs whilst being a short drive from Auckland, Rotorua and Tauranga.
The clinic delivers an Incredible Years Specialist Service and is committed to implementing high standard models of treatment, as well as the necessary training and ongoing supervision that such pathways require. It is also part of a robust eating disorders service that delivers best practice models of care including Family Based Treatment (FBT) and Adolescent Focussed Therapy (AFT).
There is an ongoing professional development and supervisory relationship with the New Zealand Eating Disorders Clinic. The clinic is also part of the process of implementing a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) intensive programme for adolescents in the region. There are forums for psychologists, as well as psychologists and psychiatrists to network and share professional development opportunities.
The Job – Main Duties
- Provide appropriate, effective, objective and clear psychological formulations based on thorough assessment;
- Appropriate use of a wide range of assessment tools including psychometric tests
- Therapeutic interventions to be formulated in consultation with the client and when appropriate, with the family
- Provide a range of therapeutic interventions using individual, family and group techniques
- Client contacts, assessments, interventions and treatment plans are clearly and objectively documented in the clients' clinical files
The main centre for the eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatāne is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Whakatāne is also known for its fishing, more yellowfin tuna are caught here than anywhere else in the country.
Other Whakatāne attractions include the museum(opens in new window), an observatory and Māori historical sites. The Ngā Tapuwae o Toi walkway leads to pā sites (old fortified villages), native forest and seabird colonies. Dolphin and Seal tours, which can include swimming encounters, start in November. There are guided Kayak tours on offer around Ohiwa Harbour and Whale Island.
Whakatane is also very close to Ōhope, a 10km white sandy beach, which has a small settlement and is perfect for camping, surfing, walking and relaxing in the sun.
Applications and Further Information:
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