Psychologists – Auckland Prison

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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    negotiable / month
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    2 weeks ago
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  • Category: Psychology, Counselling and Social Work
  • Location: Auckland (Tamaki Makaurau)
  • Date Advertised: 07-OCT-20
  • Job Reference: APA/1487686
  • Job Title: Psychologists – Auckland Prison
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Based in Auckland Prison (North Shore)

Working as a registered psychologist for the North Auckland Psychologists’ Office provides a fantastic opportunity for you to use your clinical expertise to make our communities safer and to provide professional expertise and leadership in a diverse social service environment.  Working within a scientist-practitioner framework, your key role revolves around the provision of clinical services targeted to assist people in our care to develop skills to reduce re-offending.  In additional to direct clinical services, psychologists also provide supervision, advice, consultation and training within Corrections and allied agencies, write higher level reports for the Courts and Parole Board, and participate in service and research initiatives.

The current positions are associated with (but not limited to) the Short Violence Prevention Programme. The Short Violence Prevention Programme (SVPP) is part of the project to increase access to Industry Training and Learning. It provides an intensive group-based treatment for people in our care who are serving less than two years’ and those with insufficient time left on their sentence to complete a longer programme. The programme specifically targets prisoners who are considered to be at high risk of re-offending and who have at least one prior conviction for serious violence.

We are looking for psychologists who are excited by the prospect of having rotational opportunities to engage in facilitating group treatment programmes in addition to the variety of traditional clinical services that we provide.  Previous experience with group facilitation would be an advantage.  However, what is essential is having a passion for providing treatment and a strong interest in learning to facilitate therapeutic group treatment programmes effectively.

We are a professional and passionate team looks for Psychologists who:

  • Hold a minimum of a Masters Degree in Psychology (Clinical or Forensic) and are eligible to be registered in New Zealand as a Psychologist;
  • Hold a full NZ drivers licence;
  • Are able to be flexible with hours when required.

In return we can offer you:

  • Vibrant supportive team culture;
  • World class criminal justice psychology training, mentoring and supervision.
  • Fantastic developmental opportunities and work variety; and
  • A highly competitive salary with structured advancement opportunities.

Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experience.  Together, our purpose is to assist people in our care to make positive changes in their lives, and, as a result, make our communities safer.  To further discuss the position contact Kirsten Tolond (Manager Psychological Services) on 09 304 3741.


Mō mātou | About us

Ara Poutama Aotearoa is a name that has been gifted to us and is our commitment to improving the oranga and safety of the people, whānau, and that of the communities we serve across the motu. 

As a values-led organisation, we use the principles of rangatira (leadership), manaaki (respect), wairua (spirituality), kaitiaki (guardianship) and whānau (relationships) to shape how we work and deliver the outcomes in our strategy – Hōkai Rangi (

It is an exciting time to join us and we continue to seek out talented individuals who are committed to an inclusive, vibrant workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals, and that of the collective talent in our whānau.


Tono ināianei | Apply Now

To apply, submit your tailored CV and a cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for wanting to join Ara Poutama and highlighting your relevant skills, experience and personal qualities essential to this role. 

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