Barnardos NZ
Christchurch, New Zealand


About the role

Clinical Psychologists appear on Immigration New Zealand’s ‘long-term’ skills shortage list which means the NZ Government is actively encouraging skilled psychologists from overseas to work in New Zealand.

Te Poutama Ārahi Rangatahi at Barnardos NZ (located on the outskirts of Christchurch) is looking for a Clinical Team Leader to be responsible for leading, managing and developing the Clinical team (2 Clinicians and 2 Social Workers) to deliver quality assessment and therapeutic support to youth residents with the aim of reducing the frequency and severity of their harmful behaviour.  

The role requires strong professional engagement with appropriate stakeholders; is part of the Leadership Team and influences decision making while creating a strong sense of morale by encouraging participation, ownership and a shared vision.

Te Poutama Àrahi Rangatahi staff in Residential Educational, Clinical and Administrative teams work together to provide a therapeutic and safe environment for the young people alongside their whanau/families and community to make positive changes.

Specifically you will provide the following:

  • Leadership by ensuring the ongoing professional development of staff with a focus on continuous practice and organisational improvement
  • Assessment and therapeutic support to youth with the aim of reducing frequency and/or severity of their behaviour
  • Individual, group and family therapy

Skills and experience

The work can be rewarding and will also stretch and extend your skills/experience. You will need to be a resilient and flexible person with a positive attitude capable of working in an emotionally demanding environment.

To succeed in this role you should have the following:

  • Qualifications in either Psychology (e.g. Registered Psychologist, Child and Family Psychologist ) or other allied health roles
  • Eligibility for membership with the appropriate professional body
  • Experience leading specialist staff, providing supervisory support and developing an effective team
  • Ethical and effective clinical and therapeutic planning, assessment and treatment experience of youth (ideally those who have engaged in harmful sexual and/or violent offences)
  • Strong organisational, professional and time management skills
  • Ability to build enduring professional relationships with young people, whanau/ families, staff and community  
  • Great communication skills, able to relate well to a wide range of people in both oral and written format

Benefits and perks:

  • Family friendly organisation
  • Reduced cost childcare/ buying privileges and other benefits
  • Professional development and generous training opportunities
  • Attractive salary and flexible working conditions

Christchurch is an amazing city in the midst of rebuild and exciting developmental progress and is known as the gateway to the South Island.  Within close proximity are beaches, rolling hills and open countryside, ski-fields and lakes and prospects abound for recreational and professional opportunities and experiences.  More information can be found here:    

About Barnardos

Barnardos is New Zealand’s leading children’s charity. We tailor our services to respond to local needs, individual challenges and diverse experiences. We are deeply committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the principles it represents - it is an essential part of who we are and the work we do.

We’re here for all Kiwi kids. Every day, our services and staff make a real and positive difference in the lives of thousands of children and families across New Zealand.

With your help, we can do even more.

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 Applications close Friday, 17 May 2019.


Posting Expiration Date: 
Thu, 2019-05-16 (All day)